Reports & Working Papers

Utilizing diverse forms ranging from conferences and public events to research briefs, policy reports, and digital forums, the Council seeks to deepen the comprehension of social science by journalists, policymakers, practitioners, and citizens. By sharing clearly stated research findings freely and without barriers, we work to expand access to the knowledge that can support more peaceful, just, healthy, and prosperous societies.
A Decade Undone: 2021 Update

Decade Undone: 2021 Update, a follow-up to last year’s A Decade Undone: Youth Disconnection in the Age of Coronavirus, presents 2019 youth disconnection rates for the United States as a whole as well as by gender, race and ethnicity, region, state, metro area, county, congressional district, and public use microdata area (PUMA).

Surveillance and the ‘New Normal’ of Covid-19: Public Health, Data, and Justice
#Islamophobia: Stoking Fear and Prejudice in the 2018 Midterms

This report examines the campaign experiences of Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, and other Muslim candidates who ran in the 2018 US midterm elections. While many Muslim candidates reported …

Essay Forums

To showcase both the Council’s work and that of the broader social sciences, our forums publish essays from scholars from all over the world and representing a variety of disciplines. The essays examine both innovative research and up-and-coming disciplinary approaches, as well as contribute to ongoing academic and public discourses.

A space for engagement with insights from the work of the Council and the social sciences.

The Immanent Frame

Publishes interdisciplinary perspectives on religion, secularism, and the public sphere.

Kujenga Amani

Facilitates the exchange of ideas about diverse aspects of peacebuilding in Africa.

Essay Collections

In exploring particular themes or areas of study, the Council’s forums convene specialized scholars to bring together diverse viewpoints and approaches. These collections, special issues, and exchanges delve into contemporary issues and expand disciplinary discussions.
Beyond Disinformation

Born from a Media & Democracy workshop, this essay collection emphasizes that authenticity is always relational: It is determined by someone, about someone. Shifting beyond issues of objective fact, it looks instead at questions of authority, performance, and mechanism: Who decides what is authentic? Who is allowed to be authentic?

Translation and the afterlives of Anglophone theory
Looking Back To Look Forward: Lessons Learnt from the Trump Administration and Prospects for Peacebuilding in Africa

From Our Fellows

Supporting more than 900 individual scholars each year, the Council’s fellowships and grants fund innovative, impactful research engaging with themes ranging from the state of democracy in the US and security in Africa and Latin America to the long-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Explore insights and emerging research in the social sciences from SSRC fellows and grantees.


MediaWell curates research and news on digital mis- and disinformation, presenting research findings and translating academic knowledge for a broad audience of scholars, journalists, and interested citizens. The platform hosts research reviews summarizing the latest scholarship from the social sciences, expert reflections on key current issues, and more.
This Might Hurt a Little: Finding Common Ground in Vaccine Hesitancy
On Digital Disinformation and Democratic Myths
Deconstructing the Disinformation War