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Gertrud Lenzer, Dr. phil., Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Lenzer has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the fields of sociology and higher education

    NEW YORK, NY, April 16, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Gertrud Lenzer, Dr. phil., with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Lenzer celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Lenzer currently holds the following positions: Professor of Sociology Emerita, Brooklyn College; Professor of Children's Studies Emerita, Brooklyn College of CUNY; Professor Emerita, Doctoral Program in Sociology, The Graduate Center of CUNY; Founding Chair, American Sociological Association's Sociology of Children Section; Founding Director Emerita, Children's Studies Center for Research, Policy and Public Service, Brooklyn College of CUNY; Founding Director Emerita, Children and Youth Studies Program; and Member, New York State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (2015-2020), a position to which she was officially appointed by the U.S. Commission.

Dr. Lenzer was the first scholar to found and develop the new and interdisciplinary field of Children's Studies in 1991 which today is to be found everywhere. In the same year, she founded the Sociology of Children in the American Sociological Association. She also taught as a full professor at both Brooklyn College and the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. After beginning her career in academia as a visiting assistant professor in the department of sociology at New York University in 1962, she was also a research associate at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, in Spring 1964. From 1964 -1966 Dr. Lenzer was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies in American Studies and was a post-doctoral fellow in the department of sociology at Columbia University. After her appointment at Brooklyn College in 1971, she spent 1972-1973 as visiting associate professor in the department of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. She then became a program evaluator for interdisciplinary research programs on issues on values and ethics in health care and as research associate at the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University from the mid-1970s until 1980. She also held a Research Fellowship at the National Humanities Center (1980-1981), and the Visiting Professorship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1981-1982), among several other roles.

While teaching in New York, Dr. Lenzer's efforts led to an interdisciplinary bachelor's program in children's studies at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Her areas of scholarly interests and research include the interdisciplinary field of children's studies, sociology of children, human rights of children, history and theory of social, economic and political thought, history of philosophy, history of the social sciences, history of ideas, history of science, and theories of social and economic development.

Recently, Dr. Lenzer worked with legislators to spearhead legislation for an independent Office of the Child Advocate for New York. In 2016, she was appointed by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights as a member of the New York State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She also served on the Child Policy Forum of New York from 1997 to 2015. In 2015 she represented the Children's Studies Center at an official U.S. government presentation to the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child held in Geneva. She is also the founding director of the Children's Studies Center for Research, Policy and Public Service.

In addition to receiving numerous fellowships and grants (from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, New York Community Trust/The Mark Family Fund, CUNY Diversity Project Development Fund, Oak Foundation, New York Life Foundation, and Foundation for Child Development for Multi-disciplinary Consortium on Child Research and Policy, among others) during her career, she also received many accolades including being honored as a Pioneer to End Corporal Punishment by the Center for Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago in 2014, named "A Transformative Voice for Children's Rights," and chosen for the "Head of the Class" column in Salute to Scholars, a publication of The City University of New York. In 2005, she was featured on the CUNY Emmy-nominated program Study With the Best.

Dr. Lenzer received the Thyssen Foundation Doctoral Fellowship (1961-1962), was a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (1977-1978), and she received a fellowship in American Studies from the American Council of Learned Societies (1964-1966), was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University (1964-1966), a research fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford (1964), and Fellow of the National Humanities Center (1980-1981). In 1978 she was the first American and first woman scholar to be invited to give the Twelfth Auguste Comte Memorial Trust Lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 1978, she received the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in the Humanities.

In 1997, Dr. Lenzer received the National Child Labor Committee's Lewis Hine Award "in honor of outstanding service on behalf of children and youth," and subsequently served on the committee's Board of Directors. In 1998, Dr. Lenzer was scholar in residence for the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy.

Dr. Lenzer is founding chair of the American Sociological Association, founding organizer of the Sociology of Children section of the American Sociological Association, and a longstanding member of the International Sociological Association. She has contributed numerous articles to professional journals and chapters to books in her areas of expertise. Dr. Lenzer also co-edited the book Sociology of Religion: A Book of Readings. Other publications include Auguste Comte and Positivism. The Essential Writings (1998) and her latest work, the 2018 book Violence against Children. Making Human Rights Real.

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Born in Ingolstadt, Germany, Dr. Lenzer earned Diplomas in philosophy and journalism and a Doctor of Philosophy in sociology, philosophy and journalism from the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München. She married Steven Marcus in 1966. They have a son and a grandson, Asa Sky Marcus. Dr. Lenzer has been included in several editions of Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in America, most recently, the upcoming 2019 volumes of both.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to her profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Gertrud Lenzer, Dr. phil., has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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