National Academy of Sciences elects 2 from Carolina

Sociology professor Arne Kalleberg and hepatitis researcher Dr. Stanley Lemon received the honor.

Collage image of Arne Kalleberg wearing black polo in front of bookshelf and Stanley Lemon headshot against white backdrop.
Carolina faculty members Arne Kalleberg (left) and Stanley Lemon were both elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Carolina faculty members Arne Kalleberg and Dr. Stanley Lemon are among the newest members of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. Their election brings to 19 the number of UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members elected to the academy.

On April 30, the academy announced the election of 120 new members and 24 international members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Election to membership in the academy is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive.

Arne Kalleberg

Kalleberg is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences. A member of the Carolina faculty since 1986, Kalleberg studies labor force issues at the interface of sociology, economics and psychology. He has written extensively on the emergence of nonstandard work arrangements such as temporary, contract and part-time work in the U.S., Asia and Europe.

His most recent book is “Precarious Asia: Global Capitalism and Work in Japan, South Korea and Indonesia” (written with Kevin Hewison and Kwang-Yeong Shin, Stanford University Press, 2021). His book “Good Jobs, Bad Jobs: The Rise of Polarized and Precarious Employment Systems in the United States, 1970s to 2000” won book awards from the American Sociological Association and the Academy of Management.

Kalleberg also holds adjunct professorships in public policy, global studies and management. He is former chair of the sociology department and the global studies curriculum, as well as former senior associate dean for social sciences and global programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and senior associate dean in The Graduate School.

He is the editor of Social Forces, an international journal of social research. In the American Sociological Association, he served as president (2007-08) and secretary (2001-04). He is also an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Stanley Lemon

Lemon is a medical professor in infectious diseases and microbiology and immunology in the UNC School of Medicine. He is also a member of the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Lemon came to the UNC School of Medicine’s medicine department in 1972 as an intern, finished his residency in internal medicine and completed a fellowship in the infectious diseases division. He was chief of infectious diseases (1983-90) and associate chair for research (1990-97). His research focused on the molecular biology of hepatitis viruses and how these viruses have evolved to replicate efficiently in the liver and escape host defenses.

In 1997, he left UNC-Chapel Hill to chair the microbiology and immunology department at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where he later served as medical school dean. He returned to Carolina in 2010.

Much of Lemon’s research career has focused on elucidating the molecular virology and pathobiology of positive-strand RNA viruses that infect the liver in humans: hepatitis C virus and hepatitis A virus. His team discovered that the hepatitis A virus both escapes from cells and evades neutralizing antibodies by cloaking itself in host membranes. More recently, his lab discovered how cellular protein and enzymes interact to allow hepatitis A virus to replicate, resulting in identification of an antiviral drug capable of reversing infectious hepatitis in an animal model.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit organization of the country’s leading researchers. The newly elected members bring the total number of active members to 2,617 and the total number of international members to 537.

Learn more about the new members and see a full list.