CSWEP: Carolyn Shaw Bell Award

The Carolyn Shaw Bell Award was created in January 1998 as part of the 25th Anniversary celebration of the founding of CSWEP. Carolyn Shaw Bell, the Katharine Coman Chair Professor Emerita of Wellesley College, was the first Chair of CSWEP. (To read a short biography of Carolyn Shaw Bell, see our Winter 2005 Newsletter.) The Carolyn Shaw Bell Award (“Bell Award”) is given annually to an individual who has furthered the status of women in the economics profession, through example, achievements, increasing our understanding of how women can advance in the economics profession, or mentoring others. The next award will be presented in January 2019.


Yan Chen, Recipient of the 2019 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award

Dr. Yan Chen, Daniel Kahneman Collegiate Professor of Information in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, is the recipient of the 2019 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award. The award is given annually by the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP), to recognize and honor an individual who has furthered the status of women in the economics profession. Professor Chen is a meticulous scholar and award-winning teacher, whose contributions to advancing women in economics are many. As a researcher, Yan Chen is an intellectual leader and role model in the experimental economics community. Her work is rigorous and insightful, and she has made important contributions in formal theory and in experimental research both in the lab and in the field. Click here for the full announcement.



Bell Award Recipients

Bell Award Nominations
Nominations for the 2020 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award will open in May 2020.

Nominations should include a nomination letter, updated CV and three or more supporting letters, with preferably at least two from mentees. This award celebrates individuals who have furthered the status of women in the economics profession, therefore nomination letters should be geared toward examples of how the nominee has fulfilled that criteria – including leading by example and achievement, increasing an understanding of how women can advance, or mentoring others – rather than toward academic achievements. The Award Committee automatically retains and considers applications for a period of three years.