CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- Former women's track and field and cross country runner, Melissa Dell '05, was named the recipient of the John Bates Clark Medal for her contribution in understanding the role state and other institutions play in economic development. The Harvard economics professor is the 42nd person to win the award.
Considered one of the most prestigious awards, the American Economic Association (AEA) wrote on Dell and her work: "Thanks to her ingenuity, rigor, and curiosity, Dell has made major contributions to the field of political economy of development, and has inspired countless others. She has been a transformative force and is more than worthy recipient of the Clark Medal."
Dell excelled on and off the track during her time with the Crimson, collecting honors such as the Truman Scholarship her junior year and being named a Rhodes Scholar her senior year. A summa cum laude graduate in economics, Dell also made Glamour Magazine's list of "Top Ten College Women" which recognized leadership, academics and community involvement.
The John Bates Clark Medal
The John Bates Clark Medal is awarded annually each April (formerly biennially from 1947-2009) to that American economist under the age of forty who is judged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge. If there is a significant body of joint work, the Clark Medal may be awarded jointly to two recipients. Established as an American prize, it is sufficient that the candidate works in the US at the time of the award and US citizenship is not required.