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Memoir

Myran Kent Jennings
Regents' Proceedings 175

M. Kent Jennings, professor of political science in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and research scientist in the Center for Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research, retired from active faculty status on December 31, 1996.

Professor Jennings earned his B.A. degree from the University of Redlands in 1956 and his Ph.D. degree from the University of North Carolina in 1961. After spending three years at the Brookings Institution, he joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1963 as assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1966 and professor in 1969. At the Institute for Social Research, he was a research associate from 1964-68, program director from 1968-70, and has been a research scientist since 1970. Since 1984, Professor Jennings has held a half-time appointment at the University of Michigan and a half-time appointment at the University of California, Santa Barbara, actively teaching at both institutions.

Professor Jennings made major contributions to the development of the field of political socialization. His landmark study of the intergenerational transmission of attitudes through the study of parents and children in 1981 initiated whole new areas of research, and has become an ongoing panel study, with the fourth wave to be done next year. Professor Jennings has also made important contributions to our understanding of comparative politics across a range of topics on local elites and mass publics in a number of countries. He has trained a large number of scholars in the areas of American politics and methodology, and has been a devoted and engaged teacher of graduate and undergraduate students.

Professor Jennings is president-elect of the American Political Science Association and will serve as its president in 1997-98. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and has received numerous awards for published works. He has won prizes from both the Western Political Science Association (for the best paper on the topic of women and politics) and from the International Society of Political Psychology (for the best paper presented at the 1992 meeting). He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1982.

The Regents now salute this faculty member by naming M. Kent Jennings professor emeritus of political science and research scientist emeritus.