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Launch of MediaWell Platform

Leading Research Council Announces New Digital Platform for Disinformation Scholarship The Social Science Research Council launched MediaWell, its latest initiative towards improving lives through healthier democracy WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, before an audience of policymakers, media, academics, and members of the public, the Social Science Research Council announced the launch of MediaWell, the Council’s latest digital initiative that represents an effort to unite the resources of academia to address the impact of disinformation on democracy. In light of the growing impacts of disinformation, misinformation, and fake news, scholars globally have increased their attention to studying these phenomena. The resulting volume of …

Statement from Social Science Research Council President Alondra Nelson on the Social Media and Democracy Research Grants Program

For nearly a century, the Social Science Research Council has supported researchers as they pursue vanguard and rigorous scholarship for the public good. In keeping with this tradition, the Social Media and Democracy Research Grants program—a collaboration with a diverse group of eight philanthropic organizations, Social Science One, and Facebook—is an effort to make privacy-protected data available to social researchers to examine Facebook’s impact on elections and democracy.

The Claremont Colleges Join the College and University Fund for the Social Sciences

The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of liberal arts colleges and graduate institutions in Southern California, have joined SSRC’s College and University Fund for the Social Sciences, a group of esteemed educational institutions that provide annual financial support to enhance the infrastructure of social science research, to catalyze interdisciplinary and cross-institutional collaborations, and to support scholars and scholarship. “The SSRC greatly appreciates the Claremont Colleges’ expression of support for our work to build and enhance the ecology of social inquiry,” said SSRC president Alondra Nelson. “Through innovative teaching and vital research, the Claremont Colleges—a network of distinguished institutions—play an integral role in …

SSRC President Meets with College and University Fund Institutions

SSRC president Alondra Nelson visited a number of College and University Fund member institutions during the 2017–2018 academic year—including Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, Swarthmore College, Indiana University, Arizona State University, the University of California, Davis, and the University of California, Santa Cruz—at each exploring issues such as the future of the social sciences, diversity in the academy, research methodology, and interdisciplinarity. Nelson met with administrators, faculty, and students to discuss issues confronting social scientists (and social-scientists-to-be) nationally and globally and share her vision for the SSRC and how the organization might help address these challenges. In these conversations, Nelson reiterated …

The Ohio State University joins College and University Fund

The SSRC welcomes The Ohio State University as the 37th member of its College and University Fund for the Social Sciences. Ohio State joins a growing list of diverse institutions that make up the Fund community. “The Council is delighted to partner with Ohio State, a flagship in higher education, on the shared goal of fostering innovation in social research and deepening its rigor and reach,” said Alondra Nelson, president of the SSRC. The College and University Fund provides annual support to the SSRC to enhance the infrastructure of social science research, catalyze interdisciplinary and cross-institutional collaborations, and help launch the careers of …

Social Science Research Council Names Alondra Nelson as Next President

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) has named Alondra Nelson, professor of sociology and dean of social science at Columbia University, as its next president. Nelson, who will begin a five-year term on September 1, 2017, succeeds Ira Katznelson, who has led the 93-year-old organization since 2012. Professor Nelson is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of California, San Diego, and holds a PhD in American studies from New York University. Recruited to Columbia in 2009 from Yale, where she taught in the Departments of African American Studies and Sociology, Nelson’s scholarship is located at the junction of science, …

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