The SSRC Fellow initiative invites distinguished scholars to the Council to strengthen research and programming in the areas in which we currently work or aspire to work. Most recently, the SSRC hosted Dr. Aihwa Ong as its 2020 fellow. Established in 2019 with inaugural SSRC Fellow Lorraine Daston, the SSRC Fellow program broadens the thematic purview of the Democracy Fellow program, which has recognized Pierre RosanvallonCharles Taylor, and Danielle Allen.

The 2021 SSRC Fellow is Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta. Dr. Mehta will be in residency at the Council in November, during which he will lead seminars and deliver the 2021 SSRC Fellow Lecture, titled “Universities and Intellectual Life in The Age of Populism.”