Two SPIA faculty members are retiring at the conclusion of the academic year.
Susan Fiske and Douglas Massey, who have spent a combined 43 years at Princeton, will leave SPIA as leading scholars in their respective fields.
Fiske, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, came to Princeton in 2000 and was granted a SPIA appointment in 2012. Before joining Princeton, she held positions at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of Michigan, and Carnegie Mellon University.
Fiske’s work in social cognition and emotional prejudices has been enormously influential. She has published more than 400 articles and chapters, and her expert testimony in discrimination cases was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 1989 landmark decision on gender bias. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Psychological Association, among others.
Fiske noted she has been impressed during her time at the School by her colleagues as well as her students.
“I’ve enjoyed the intellectual and policy engagement,” she said. “I learned a lot from watching colleagues in different disciplines analyze inequality. The SPIA MPPs and the MPAs are remarkable, from the Navy captain to the New York transit cop.”
Massey has been at Princeton for the last 20 years, serving as the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs since 2005. Prior to that, he held positions at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, the University of California at Berkely, and, just after he received his doctorate, SPIA’s Office of Population Research.
Massey’s research has explored international migration, race and housing, discrimination, education, urban poverty, stratification, and Latin America, especially Mexico, and he has published prolifically in these areas. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
Massey plans to use his newfound time by continuing his scholarly pursuits and getting out in nature.
“I am looking upon retirement as a permanent sabbatical during which I can complete several book projects I have in mind,” he said. “I’m looking forward to writing in the morning and working in my flower gardens in the late afternoon.”
Fiske and Massey are married to each other, and Fiske shared similar plans to her husband’s.
“Like Doug, I am happy to write, garden, and see our family and friends,” she said.
“We will miss Susan and Doug personally and professionally,” said SPIA Dean Amaney Jamal. “We wish them both the very best in retirement.”