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

SSRC’s International Dissertation Research Fellowship Program Selects 2017 Cohort

70 Young Scholars Will Pursue Research Projects Worldwide BROOKLYN, NY (June 26, 2017) – The Social Science Research Council (SSRC)’s International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) program has announced its 2017 cohort of 70 fellows, whose research spans the breadth of the social sciences and humanities, as well as virtually every region of the world. Now in its 20th year, the IDRF program has funded nearly 1,200 projects, undertaken by the next generation of scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. The mission of the IDRF program from its inception has been to support such scholars in their quest to advance

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,