IU Political Science Distinguished Professor Elinor Ostrom (1934-2012) was the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences in 2009. During the AY 2019-20, Indiana University and the Political Science department hosted several events that commemorated the 10th anniversary of her remarkable achievement. In October, President McRobbie and Provost Robel unveiled the Ostrom Historical marker behind Woodburn hall. They also announced a life-size bronze statue would be dedicated in late 2020.
PolsNews: Remembering the Ostroms
Another event brought to campus Professor Barbara Allen (Carleton College), a former student of the Ostroms, who made a documentary about their work and lives. The documentary, Actual World, Possible Future, follows the global impact of Ostroms’ work on governance and resource management, including the award of the Nobel Prize. It reveals the influence the Ostroms have had on generations of students and scholars who were part of their Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University.