Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society

Alpha Kappa Delta began in 1920 at the University of Southern California by Dr. Emory S. Bogardus as a society in which students might become more acquainted with each others’ research. Membership in the group was limited to students having high scholarship and doing research work. In 1924 at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA) Dr. Bogardus met with faculty representatives from several other universities and together they established the United Chapters of Alpha Kappa Delta. In 1927 AKD was admitted to the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). Over the years the Society has expanded considerably. During nine decades over 133,000 scholars have been initiated into the Society, which has been divided into ten regions. There are 670 chapters in 49 states and six foreign countries, which generate 4,300 annual memberships.


It shall be the purpose of this society to promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition. (AKD Constitution, Art. II, Sec. 2)

Alpha Kappa Delta derives its name from the first letters of the Greek words, “anthropon” (mankind), “katamanthanein” (to investigate thoroughly), and “diakonesein” (for the purpose of service). When this phrase is translated freely, it expresses both the goal and method of Alpha Kappa Delta; “To study humans for the purpose of service.” In the final analysis, the purpose of all science is to improve humans’ adjustments to our physical, biological, and cultural environments. The purpose of Alpha Kappa Delta is to promote human welfare through the association of a fellowship group interested in developing scientific knowledge that may be applied to the solution of social problems.

The requirements for election into AKD are as follows:

you must be at least a junior (third year) student;
you must be an officially declared sociology major or demonstrate a serious interest in sociology;
you must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.3;
you must have a general scholastic average of at least 3.0 in sociology courses taken at Georgetown;
you must have completed at least four regular (at least three-credit) sociology courses prior to initiation (excluding courses graded as pass/fail)

Applications for AKD are solicited from majors and minors in March of every year. There is a one-time initiation fee of $50, which also covers the cost of a one year subscription to Sociological Inquiry, the official journal of AKD. New inductees are honored at a dinner hosted by the Department of Sociology in late April.

Georgetown University’s Delta chapter was chartered in October 1978 with 14 charter members and currently has 180 members.

If you are interested in applying for AKD please fill out the Generic Membership Application form found online.

Bring the completed form and a check made out to Georgetown University for $50 to Beth Demro at Suite 209 Car Barn, 3520 Prospect St., NW Washington, DC 20057. Learn more about AKD.

Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society Inductees
2020 Inductees

Lahy Sean Amman
Emma Catherine Berk
Orunima Chakraborti
Amanda Gayle Grant
Caroline Pearl Healey
Sally Woojung Jo
Belen Limon
Charlotte Eve Matthews
Zayna Nancy Nassoura
Helena Clara Maria Oft
Elisabeth Callan Oki
Elizabeth Pankova
David Perez
Alliemarinda Rose Phillips
Mackenzie Lee Price
Grace Victoria Ramstad
Sydne Cayson Scales
Sierra Nicole Townsend

2019 Inductees

Aviv Lis
Wellsley Lowther
Jose Ramos
Camille Rich
Amalia Rubin

2018 Inductees

Yalda Baktash
Bethany Chan
Brian Allen Davia
Casey Tsilahnee Doyle
Alina Nicole Edep
Alejandra C Ruttiman
Lauren Taylor Smith
Russell Alden Wirth

2017 Inductees

Aloysia Jean
Déja Lunyé Lindsey
Julia Lopez
Yuriana Nunez
Matthew Palmquist
Angela Williams

2016 Inductees

Sally Choi
Victoria Efetevbia
Molly P. O’Shea
Aniqa Tahsin
Do Kyung Yun

2015 Inductees

Molly Movahed
Sarah Rabon
Elizabeth Pinede
Kathryn Wellde
Iris Pepa

2014 Inductees

Nicole B. Carroll
Caitlin R. Gallaher
Anne O. Mesmer
Laura M. Narefsky
Nayah A. Nshom
Whitney W. Pratt
Kathryn C. Scott
Aya M. Waller-Bey

2013 Inductees

      Eva Anderson

2012 Inductees

      Laura Reese
      Ryan Zimmerman

2011 Inductees

    Mara Schechter

2010 Inductees

     Hae Min Byeon
     Tanya Tauja Gassenheimer
     Raga Aino Nadella
     Allison Claire O’Rourke
     Richard T. Sweeney III

2009 Inductees

     Kathy T. Gu
     Rachel Hannah Ellis

2008 Inductees

     Rachel Nicole Weinman

2007 Inductees

     Jennifer Michelle Bonsall
     Andrew Joseph Ritchey
     Emily Vosburg Stone
     Anna Lillian Dufendach

2006 Inductees

     Byrnn Lee Huyssen
     Jose Zachary Canto

2005 Inductees

     Mary Eileen Cunniff
     Kinisha Latoya Forbes
     Brian Robert Morgenstern
     Terra Kathleen White
     Rebecca Lauren Medway
     Katherine Louise Record
     Jennifer Alicia Wilson

2004 Inductees

     Emily Mary Athy
     Kelly Ann Beleckas
     Mark Joseph Bissonnette
     Jessica L. Cotter
     Natasha C. Dasani
     Maureen Helen Hahn
     Daniel Patrick Matthews

2003 Inductees

     Jessica L. Cotter
     Daniel Jose Gandert
     Maureen Helen Hahn
     Jessica Susannah Herrington
     Michael Louis Linton
     Juan Raymundo Ramirez

2002 Inductees

     Vinoda Bandara Basnayake
     Carrie-Ann Ferraro
     Ryan Charles Hathaway
     Jennifer Mary Beth Jacobs
     Kristen Angela Miranda
     Alexandra F. Rollins
     Vanessa Ruth Waldref

2001 Inductees

     Lisa Michele Chessare
     Carolyn Anne Doveala

2000 Inductees

     Adam Stuart Heyman
     Laura M. McSpedar
     Timothy Sheldon
     Sandra van Alstine
     Katherine Sara Wald

1999 Inductees

     Brittany Dawson
     Brian Duff
     Gregory Euteneier
     Rosa Evergreen
     Abby George
     Jan Hewett
     Rebecca Matthews
     Grace Slattery
     Jeffrey Trent
     Sabra Thorner
     Amber Waldref

1998 Inductees

     Lydia Claire Bentley
     Rebecca Low Bloch
     Phillip Linarelli Hammack
     William Bernard Olin
     Sara Smith

1997 Inductees

     Keri Helen Gasper
     Anna Catherine Gehriger
    Jennifer Lynn Heil
    Jennifer Marie Stevens

1996 Inductees

     Kathryn Forbush
     Sarah Grygiel
     Anice Schervish
     Jessica Thompson

1995 Inductees

     Maria-Manuela Diez
     Dennis Layton-Rodin

1994 Inductees

     Heather Campbell
     Brian Cho
     Mary Gavert
     Jenelle Hammes
     Paul Lachelier
     Michelle Lawner
     Meaghan Mountford
     Tina Tavares

1993 Inductees

     Ryan Duncan
     Katherine A. Frost
     Bryony Gagan
     Bethany Kantrowitz
     Ketan Kharod
     Kathryn LeBlanc
     Andrea Pucky
     Constance Razza
     Susan Schroeder

1992 Inductees

     Jennifer Salkin
     Vera-Ellen Frye
     Christopher Scott Lipp

1991 Inductees

     Emily Carrol Hannum
     Brian David Inglis
     David William McGrail
     Noah J. Puntus
     Kimberly Anne Tiano
     Deborah Dinn

1990 Inductees

     Alexandra Scott Chute
     Neil Joseph Horgan
     Christopher Eric Jones
     Donna S. Mazzella
     Melissa McCann
     Laura McKinley Payne
     Sandra Marie Stack

1989 Inductees

     John Richard Doherty
     Heather C. Splan
     Scott B. Button
     Richard Nicholas Matic
     Anthony Ignatius Giacobbe

1988 Inductees

     Amanda Crames
     Kim Coletta
     Paul Dhalla
     Andrew Falk
     Sheila Meagher
     Roy Tilden Parker IV

1987 Inductees

     Diana Y. Chung
     Nancy Marie Gregory
     Katherine Lee Hughes
     Giorgio Giuseppe Piacenza
     Katherine van Leuwen
     Rachelle Zowine

1985 Inductees

  William Martineau
   Anne Hargreaves
   Martin Janis
   Carol Oursler
   Jacqueline Schultz

1983 Inductees

     Timothy Francis Reynolds

1978 Inductees

Maria Cristina Riva
  Toni McMahon
   Susan L Ryder
  Susan Rafferty
  Jean Deluca
   Christopher Johnson
   Murray Gendell
   Mary Loue Mullen
   Robert Schmitt
   William F McDonald
  James Jelinek
   Vincent Mosco
   Joanne Pozzo
   C Margaret Hall
  Jan Fritz, Chapter Adviser

Original Charter of 1978 AKD Chapter