Dr Torney-Purta has led a distinguished research career. Among her many roles, she was co-editor of the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology and is a member of the US National Committee for the International Union of Psychological Science. She was elected to the National Academy of Education in 2014 and is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and of the American Psychological Association (APA). She was elected an Honorary Member of IEA in 2001.
She is a strong advocate for making research data discoverable. She was instrumental in establishing the at ICPSR and is a member of its advisory committee. This archive contains more than 20 data sets relating to civic education and political engagement, including data from IEA's CIVED and ICCS projects.
Dr Torney-Purta has a long history with IEA. She joined IEA's first civic education study in the late 1960s and wrote the ensuing book published in 1972. When IEA requested another study in this subject area (following the dissolution of the Soviet Union), Dr Torney-Purta led the committee that developed IEA's CIVED study, implemented in 1999. Dr Torney-Purta has remained a valued advisor for IEA's ICCS studies (2009 and 2016) and she continues to work on publications based on IEA's civic education studies.
IEA is grateful for Dr Torney-Purta's years of dedicated service and valuable contributions to our studies and the wider civic education research field and we are delighted to add our congratulations for this new award.