Janice Fanning Madden

Janice Madden (right) receiving a plaque from NARSC President Plane

Janice Fanning Madden not only ranks among the top regional science scholars currently researching topics on human capital and spatial labor markets, but she has also made critically important contributions to the institutions of regional science and the advancement of the multidisciplinary field in North America.  Under her leadership as Chair and Organizer, the 2004 North American Meetings in Philadelphia set new standards for levels of participation and for the organization and structure our scientific programs.

Janice Madden is, since 1994, Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, and, since 1990, Professor of Real Estate at the Wharton School.  From 1972 to 1994 she was among the core faculty of Penn’s Regional Science Department.

After completing her undergraduate studies here in Denver – at the University of Denver – Madden earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Duke, receiving her doctorate in 1972.

Over the course of her long and distinguished career at the University of Pennsylvania Janice Madden has held a broad variety of administrative positions.  She is currently Associate Chair of Sociology.  Among previous posts, she chaired Penn’s Graduate Group in Demography and the Women’s Studies Undergraduate Major, directed the Alice Paul Research Center and the Women’s Studies Program, as well as the Master’s of Government Administration Program. And, for almost the entire decade of the 1990s, she served as Vice Provost for Graduate Education.         Madden has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and at the University of Indonesia, Jakarta.  Among the U.S. governmental agencies she has advised are the Army’s Family Research Program, the Federal Judicial Center, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Justice, the National Commission on Employment and Unemployment Statistics, and the Federal Power Commission.

The first of Madden’s five books was The Economics of Sex Discrimination. In 2000 her Changes in Income Inequality within U.S. Metropolitan Areas was published.  Most recent to appear is an edited volume (with Jerry A. Jacobs) titled Mommies and Daddies on the Fast Track: Success of Parents in Demanding Professions. Her research articles have been placed in the top journals of an impressively broad variety of disciplines and subfields, including: American Economic Review, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Urban Studies, Journal of Urban Economics, Land Economics, Southern Economic Journal, the International Regional Science Review, Journal of Regional Science, and Papers in Regional Science.

Janice Madden’s contributions to the North American Regional Science Council – and to regional science more generally – extend well beyond that trend-setting work organizing the 50th Annual Meetings back in 2003.  She has twice been elected by the RSAI membership resident in North America to terms as a member-at-large on the North American Regional Science Council.  Within NARSC she has been a leading voice pushing for professionalizing procedures and enhancing the scholarly quality of conferences.  She is the 2010 Chair of the North American Regional Science Council.

Professor Madden’s active leadership in other professional organizations has given her insights on how to promote regional science and an opportunity to forge valuable linkages for regional science in North America.  She has served, since 2008, as an elected member on the Policy Council of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). She is currently a member of the Board of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. She has served as President, and an elected member of the Executive Committee, of the Association of Graduate Schools (AGS), and she chaired the National Research Council’s Committee on Assessing the Portfolio of the Science Resources Studies Division of the National Science Foundation.

Janice Madden is the quintessential, clear-eyed, ‘straight shooter.’  She knows how to get projects accomplished. She never lacks for a strong and well reasoned opinion, and she takes delight in debating the right way to proceed – whether the question is how to get to the heart of a dilemma in empirical research or how to advance the mission of a scholarly enterprise.  The North America Regional Science Council has greatly benefited from the wisdom, the organizational talents, and the boundless energies of Janice Fanning Madden, to whom it presents the 2010 David Boyce Award.

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