• 1.Council News

    Subscribe to our Council Update E-Newsletter #mc_embed_signup{background:#F8F9F9; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; } /* Add your own Mailchimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block. We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS link to the HEAD of your HTML file. */ Manage your SSRC email subscription Council Update Archive 2021 ▾ March Margaret Levenstein and Edgar Pieterse join the SSRC Board of Directors, a Mellon grant supports public scholarship platform development, Covid-19 Rapid-Response grantees publish their research findings. February The Public Health, Surveillance, and Human Rights (PHSHR) Network published a new report, the Media & Democracy program announced a new call for proposals for a workshop on “The Conservative Dilemma,” and Measure of America released its annual DATA2GO.NYC update. January SSRC president Alondra Nelson joins Biden-Harris administration, the Media & Democracy program presented a virtual panel discussion on the future of conservatism, the Council partnered with Schmidt Futures to cohost the Futures Forum on Preparedness, and MediaWell issued a CFP for a workshop on “Teaching Disinfo Studies in Higher Ed.” 2020 ▾ December James Scott delivered the 2020 Hirschman Prize Lecture, the Council’s Covid-19 initiatives are featured in several news outlets, a new edited volume captures eight years of work of the SSRC African Peacebuilding Network, and SSRC collaborated on three episodes of SupChina’s Sinica Podcast. November The Council announced the recipients of the Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grants, the 2020 Hirschman Prize Ceremony and Lecture will honor Professor James Scott, an event examines the aftereffects of the presidential election, APN and Next Gen announce new fellows cohorts, and Measure of America publishes A Portrait of Louisiana 2020. October The Council’s Media, Technology, and Politics initiatives examined the 2020 election and its outcome, the SSRC Inequality Initiative held a series of discussions on racial inequality, and the Council continues to publish new work on its Virtual Research Center on Covid-19. September Four Council programs awarded new grants and fellowships, the Rapid Response Grants on Covid-19 and the Social Sciences recipients are announced, and Cambridge University Press published the second volume in the SSRC Anxieties of Democracy Series, Social Media and Democracy. August The MacArthur Foundation awarded a $500,000 grant to the Council’s Just Tech program and Public Health, Surveillance, and Human Rights Network; the Media & Democracy program issued a call for papers for a workshop on trust and authenticity in an online world, and SSRC programs announced 25 new fellows. July The SSRC announces a new chair and members of its Board of Directors, the Just Tech program seeks applications for Covid-19 Rapid Response Grants, and the International Dissertation Research Fellowship program announces the winners of its 2020 photo competition. June The SSRC announces 2020 Hirschman Prize winner James C. Scott, the Council adds two new programs to its Inequality Initiative, Measure of America publishes a new report in its youth disconnection series, and the latest from the Virtual Research Center on Covid-19. May The 2020 SSRC Fellow is Aihwa Ong, seventy scholars are awarded International Dissertation Research Fellowships, the recipients of the 2020 Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize are announced, and the Media & Democracy program is accepting proposals for a research workshop on “News Quality in the Platform Era.” April The Council launches a Virtual Research Center on Covid-19, DATA2GO.NYC sheds light on the neighborhoods most affected by the coronavirus outbreak, and Alondra Nelson reflects on the past year in the 2019 President’s Report. March A message from the SSRC about Covid-19, MediaWell welcomes new Advisory Board members and sheds light on pandemic-related disinformation, and a forthcoming special issue of the International Journal of Press/Politics features papers emer…

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  • 2.Executive Officers | About

    Executive Officers Working social scientists, the SSRC’s executive officers inspire and manage programming and operations with the counsel and oversight of the Board of Directors. Current Executive Officers ALONDRA NELSON President RONALD KASSIMIR Vice President of Programs FRED PALM Vice President of Administration and Operations A History of Leadership 1923–27 Charles E. Merriam (chairman) 1927–29 Wesley C. Mitchell (chairman) 1927–31 Robert S. Lynd (permanent secretary) 1929–31 Edwin B. Wilson (president) 1931–32 Robert S. Woodworth (president) 1931–45 Robert T. Crane (permanent secretary, 1931–32; executive director, 1932–45) 1945–48 Donald Young (executive director, 1945–47; president, 1948) 1948–68 Pendleton Herring (president) 1948–70 Paul Webbink (vice president) 1966–71 Henry W. Riecken (vice president, 1966–68; president, 1969–71) 1971–72 Ralph W. Tyler (acting president) 1972–79 Eleanor Bernert Sheldon (president) 1973–89 David L. Sills (executive associate) 1974–78 David Jenness (executive associate) 1979–85 Kenneth Prewitt (president) 1985–86 Francis X. Sutton (interim president) 1986–89 Frederic E. Wakeman Jr. (president) 1988–89 David L. Szanton (executive associate) 1988–89 Richard C. Rockwell (executive associate) 1989–95 David L. Featherman (president) 1990–95 Stanley J. Heginbotham (vice president) 1995–98 Kenneth Prewitt (president) 1997–2019 Mary Byrne McDonnell (executive program director, 1997–99; executive director, 1999–2018; senior vice president for strategic learning and special initiatives, 2018-2019) 1998–99 Orville (Bert) Brim Jr. (interim president) 1999–2012 Craig Calhoun (president) 2012–2017 Ira Katznelson (president) 2015–present Ronald Kassimir (executive program director, 2015-2018; vice president of programs, 2018-present) 2017–present Alondra Nelson (president) 2019–present Fred Palm (vice president of administration and operations) Mobilizing social science for the public good. The Social Science Research Council, an independent, international nonprofit, mobilizes necessary knowledge for the public good by supporting scholars worldwide, generating new research across disciplines, and linking researchers with policymakers and citizens. By subscribing, you agree that the SSRC may process your information in accordance with our privacy policy.

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  • 3.Social Science Research Council Elects Melissa Nobles and Jennifer Richeson to Board of Directors

    Social Science Research Council Elects Melissa Nobles and Jennifer Richeson to Board of Directors Esteemed Academic Leaders Begin Three-Year Terms July 1 The Social Science Research Council has added two esteemed scholars to its Board of Directors. Dean Melissa Nobles, Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Professor Jennifer Richeson, Philip R. Allen Professor of Psychology at Yale University, were elected to the SSRC board this month and will begin their three-year terms July 1. “Dean Melissa Nobles and Professor Jennifer Richeson are among the most respected and influential scholars in their fields, a stature inspired by their rigorous scholarship,” said Mamadou Diouf, SSRC board chair. “These two thought leaders and their scholarly work contribute to the public good, thus reflecting the core values of the Council. They will certainly make immense contributions to the SSRC and our efforts to inform the public debate on critical issues.” Nobles’s work focuses on the comparative study of racial and ethnic politics and issues of retrospective justice. Currently, she is constructing a database of racial and ethnic killings in the American South, 1930–1954, uncovering understudied and unknown killings, collaborating as both a faculty member and advisory board member of Northwestern Law School’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice law clinic. She has authored two books, Shades of Citizenship: Race and the Census in Modern Politics (2000) and The Politics of Official Apologies (2008), and is coeditor with Jun-Hyeok Kwak of Inherited Responsibilities and Historical Reconciliation in East Asia (2013). Richeson’s scholarship examines multiple psychological phenomena related to cultural diversity, in particular how sociocultural group membership, such as race, gender, and socioeconomic status, affect the ways people think, feel, and behave, especially during interactions with members of different sociocultural groups. Currently, her focus is on the dynamics and consequences of the increasing racial and ethnic diversity of the nation. Her work earned her a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur “genius” fellowship in 2006, and in 2015 she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Richeson’s work has been published in a number of academic journals, including Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Nature Neuroscience. “Nobles and Richeson are scholars whose work is making a profound impact in society,” said Dame Sandra Dawson, Council board member and chair of its executive committee. “Moreover, their work encompasses such breadth—race, history, politics, psychology, and social norms—that they will also lend important insight as the SSRC seeks to anticipate the issues and areas of research that should guide our work in the future.” Mobilizing social science for the public good. The Social Science Research Council, an independent, international nonprofit, mobilizes necessary knowledge for the public good by supporting scholars worldwide, generating new research across disciplines, and linking researchers with policymakers and citizens. By subscribing, you agree that the SSRC may process your information in accordance with our privacy policy.

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  • 4.SSRC’s International Dissertation Research Fellowship Receives Grant Extension, Announces New Cohort

    SSRC’s International Dissertation Research Fellowship Receives Grant Extension, Announces New Cohort Mellon Foundation’s $4.6M Grant Funds Wide-Ranging, Worldwide Research Projects The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) program, for over 20 years a core component of the far-reaching work of the Social Science Research Council, has received a $4.6 million grant extension from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program’s funder since its inception. The grant will fund the 2019 and 2020 fellowship competitions, each of which will select 70 fellows who will conduct research projects that will take them across academic disciplines, cultures, and borders and into new knowledge and discoveries in the humanistic social sciences and humanities. This grant will also fund related post-research workshops through June 2022, as well as focused IDRF outreach to institutions not frequently represented in the program, such as historically black colleges and universities and Hispanic-serving institutions. IDRF has also announced its 2018 cohort of 70 fellows, whose research projects encompass anthropology, archaeology, area and cultural studies, art and architectural history, ethnomusicology, film studies, geography, history, linguistics, political science, sociology, women’s and gender studies, and more. The 41 women and 29 men represent 24 public and private universities across the country, from Harvard to the University of California, Santa Cruz, and from the University of Michigan to Middle Tennessee State. IDRF is one of the few fellowships dedicated to supporting US-based scholars undertaking international research. In the tradition of the over 1,300 IDRF fellows that have preceded them, this new cohort will pursue research that will span the globe, with projects in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia. Moreover, 29 percent of 2018 IDRF fellows will conduct research that crosses or combines two or more of these regions. “From our beginnings nearly a century ago, the Council has been driven by its unflagging commitment to rigorous scholarship and research that expands social understanding and deepens knowledge globally and for the public good,” said SSRC president Alondra Nelson. “The IDRF fellows are central to that work and this 2018 cohort embodies this enduring cause, as well as the SSRC’s longstanding commitment to transnational research.” Mobilizing social science for the public good. The Social Science Research Council, an independent, international nonprofit, mobilizes necessary knowledge for the public good by supporting scholars worldwide, generating new research across disciplines, and linking researchers with policymakers and citizens. By subscribing, you agree that the SSRC may process your information in accordance with our privacy policy.

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  • 5.New Luce Foundation Grant Funds Asian Studies Initiatives

    New Luce Foundation Grant Funds Asian Studies Initiatives The SSRC has received a three-year, $660,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for Asian studies development. The grant funds two initiatives: the SSRC Global Scholars Initiative and the AAS-SSRC Dissertation Workshop Series. On the latter, the SSRC is partnering with the Association for Asian Studies. The Global Scholars Initiative will develop the capacity of Asian scholars to produce English-medium articles, making their research accessible to broader academic audiences while supporting these scholars in their careers; the AAS-SSRC Dissertation Workshop Series, a renewal by the Luce Foundation, offers intensive feedback and networking to PhD candidates at strategic points in their careers, thereby supporting the next generation of scholars of Asia. The Global Scholars Initiative will be managed from the SSRC’s Tokyo office, while the AAS-SSRC Dissertation workshops will be managed from the SSRC’s Brooklyn headquarters. More information on both initiatives is forthcoming. For those interested in learning more, please email Nicole Levit at levit@ssrc.org. Mobilizing social science for the public good. The Social Science Research Council, an independent, international nonprofit, mobilizes necessary knowledge for the public good by supporting scholars worldwide, generating new research across disciplines, and linking researchers with policymakers and citizens. By subscribing, you agree that the SSRC may process your information in accordance with our privacy policy.

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  • 6.SSRC Fellows around the Globe

    SSRC Fellows around the Globe Note: This map presents recent SSRC fellows and grantees. For program information, see Fellowships and Grants. Make a Contribution to Scholarship SSRC fellowship recipients enrich our understanding of critical issues and help to navigate the space between research, policy, and practice. In addition to charting new knowledge, these researchers are engaging issues of pressing public concern and bringing fresh perspectives to global debates. SSRC fellowships make their work possible, and you can help. Please consider supporting tomorrow’s scholars by making a gift today. Your gift to the SSRC is a contribution to rigorous, innovative scholarship, and to ensuring that vital, accessible knowledge is brought to bear on issues that affect us all. Support the SSRC .button {background-color: #C99C57; border-color: #C99C57;} .button:hover {background-color: #e0a750} Mobilizing social science for the public good. The Social Science Research Council, an independent, international nonprofit, mobilizes necessary knowledge for the public good by supporting scholars worldwide, generating new research across disciplines, and linking researchers with policymakers and citizens. By subscribing, you agree that the SSRC may process your information in accordance with our privacy policy.

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  • 7.Contact Us | About

    Contact Us Online Form - SSRC Contact Form Mobilizing social science for the public good. The Social Science Research Council, an independent, international nonprofit, mobilizes necessary knowledge for the public good by supporting scholars worldwide, generating new research across disciplines, and linking researchers with policymakers and citizens. By subscribing, you agree that the SSRC may process your information in accordance with our privacy policy.

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  • 8.Historical Timeline | About

    Historical Timeline The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) has been in operation for more than ninety years. We present this timeline of organizational achievements and other highlights during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. For more detailed accounts of the SSRC’s history, see our one-page history of the SSRC and Social Science Research Council, 1923–1998. The SSRC’s records are stored in the Rockefeller Archive Center, Sleepy Hollow, New York. SSRC: 90 Years of Impact Early History 1923: Led by American Political Science Association president Charles E. Merriam, the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) holds its inaugural meeting. 1924: The SSRC begins planning its first committees to study such topics as Interracial Relations, Scientific Aspects of Human Migration, and the Eighteenth Amendment. 1928: The Advisory Committee on Business Research, whose members include New York State Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt, is founded, signaling the Council’s commitment to research on business practices, ethics, and industry relations. 1935: The SSRC establishes the Washington, DC–based Committee on Social Security. Its research is critical to the creation of the U.S. Social Security system. 1936: Ralph Bunche, Margaret Mead, and Grayson Kirk are among a cohort of scholars receiving fellowship support from the SSRC. 1937: The SSRC commissions 13 research memoranda to record and analyze the influence of the Great Depression on American society. Topics include crime, education, the family, internal migration, minorities, religion, consumption, health, and social work. 1942: With the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the National Research Council, the SSRC establishes the Committee on Latin American Studies. One of several new committees founded with the ACLS, it marks the beginning of the Council’s work focused on developing US expertise on world regions. 1945: George Gallup, Elmo Roper, and Frank Stanton are founding members of the Committee on Measurement of Opinion, Attitudes, and Consumer Wants, which examines problems of sampling, of biases introduced by interviewers, and of the use of panels of responses in repetitive surveys. Post–World War II 1947: Robert B. Hall publishes his influential Area Studies: With Special Reference to Their Implications for Research in the Social Sciences, sponsored by the SSRC’s Exploratory Committee on World Area Research. It warns of scholarly ignorance about many areas of the world and recommends a sweeping educational initiative. Within two years, committees on Slavic and East European Studies and Southern Asia are established. 1947: The SSRC publishes The Reduction of Intergroup Tensions: A Survey of Research on Problems of Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Group Relations. 1949: Future Nobel Prize winner Simon Kuznets chairs the SSRC’s Committee on Economic Growth, which for two decades shaped basic theory and quantitative research methods in economics. Over the next few decades, future Nobel laureates in economics would participate in the Council’s work in this area: Herbert Simon, Lawrence Klein, James Tobin, George Stigler, Franco Modigliani, and George Akerlof. Much more recently, Paul Krugman was involved in developing our work on the privatization of risk. 1954: The SSRC establishes the Committee on Comparative Politics, chaired by Gabriel Almond. It sponsors pioneering work in the area of modernization and development in the wake of decolonization. 1956: The SSRC creates the Committee on National Security Policy Research; members include Henry Kissinger. Subsequent Council programs covering international affairs topics attract the participation of other prominent foreign policy figures and commentators including John Lewis Gaddis, Zbigniew Brzezinski, McGeorge Bundy, Robert Keohane, William Pfaff, Condoleezza Rice, and George Shultz. 1959: The SSRC, with the ACLS, forms committees on Contemporary China, the Near and Middle East, and African Studies. 1961: Responding to breakthroughs in scientific research, the SSRC founds a committee on…

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  • 9.Fellowships

    Promoting innovative research worldwide Since 1923, the SSRC has awarded more than fifteen thousand fellowships to researchers around the globe. Council fellowship programs are strategic—they target specific problems, promote individual and institutional change, and expand networks. The SSRC’s varied fellowships and prizes share a core commitment to improving conditions for social science knowledge production worldwide. Programs engage themes ranging from global issues facing the United States and Japan to security in Africa and Latin America. Mobilizing social science for the public good. The Social Science Research Council, an independent, international nonprofit, mobilizes necessary knowledge for the public good by supporting scholars worldwide, generating new research across disciplines, and linking researchers with policymakers and citizens. By subscribing, you agree that the SSRC may process your information in accordance with our privacy policy.

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  • 10.Themes

    Interdisciplinary Topics and Fields of Work The Council’s roster of programs and activities is flexible and responsive to changes in the world around us. A research area that is critical today may have been emerging just a few years ago, and the scope of the SSRC’s work reflects the ever-changing nature of human life and society. Currently, our work is organized around these seven general themes. Mobilizing social science for the public good. The Social Science Research Council, an independent, international nonprofit, mobilizes necessary knowledge for the public good by supporting scholars worldwide, generating new research across disciplines, and linking researchers with policymakers and citizens. By subscribing, you agree that the SSRC may process your information in accordance with our privacy policy.

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  • 11.An American Dilemma for the 21st Century

    An American Dilemma for the 21st Century On Wednesday, October 30, 2019 nearly two-hundred scholars, leaders, and community members gathered at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for “An American Dilemma for the 21st Century,” a day-long conference marking the seventy-fifth anniversary of Gunnar Mydral’s An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy and the launch of a digital platform expanding access to the Carnegie-Myrdal research archive. Published in 1944 by Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal, An American Dilemma remains a seminal text for understanding racism in the United States during the twentieth century. For Myrdal and his collaborators, the central dilemma was the unresolved tension of the “American creed”—the celebration of ideals of equal opportunity and democracy, in the face of deep racial discrimination and inequality. An American Dilemma helped to expose the immoral hypocrisy of legalized anti-Black racism in the US, and informed critical civil rights victories in the post-war era, such as the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education. While Myrdal has, deservedly, received considerable praise for the work, lesser-known are the dozens of social scientists who contributed to the publication and its foundational study. Commissioned by Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Carnegie-Myrdal Study of the Negro in America includes twenty-nine memoranda written by Myrdal and scholars such as Ralph Bunche, Margaret Brenman, E. Franklin Frazier, Ruth Landes, and S. U. Etuk. Given the increased visibility of racial antagonism and violence in recent years, coupled with the reemergence of Black-led protests in the aftermath of #BlackLivesMatter, the “American Dilemma for the 21st Century” conference offered an occasion to revisit and reassess the “American creed” and its surrounding tensions. Throughout the day, panelists explored the multifaceted force of anti-Black racism in the US. In discussions on housing, the economy, policing, and education, the day’s speakers unpacked both historical and contemporary fissures between opportunity and exclusion. Panelists also offered rich reflections on An American Dilemma itself, and offered critiques of the sociopolitical context that motivated the project’s commissioning, author selection, and crafted presentation toward white audiences; many noting the already substantial body of research from Black scholars like W. E. B. Du Bois. As the conference also served as a launch event for the newly digitized Carnegie-Myrdal research archive, attendees also heard from the creative and curatorial team behind the platform’s design. In a session titled “Out of the Archives,” Christopher Paul Harris, Jonathan Jackson (WeShouldDoItAll), and Myriah Towner demonstrated the platform’s capabilities and described the process of translating a text-heavy archive into a dynamic, attractive, and navigable tool “that anyone can use.” Featured in the demo were memoranda from the study’s “hidden figures,” including downloadable copies of original materials housed at the Schomburg Center. To close the program, SSRC president Alondra Nelson engaged Professors Jelani Cobb and Phillip Atiba Goff in a stirring conversation that crystallized the importance of historical data in working to remedy both foundational and symptomatic instances of injustice. Echoing remarks made by Dr. Rajiv Sethi in an earlier panel, Dr. Goff encouraged the audience to visit the new Carnegie-Myrdal digital archive, pointing specifically to Raper’s memo. Rich in police data about the use of deadly force, officer and suspect demographics, as well as first-hand interviews, Raper’s memo, according to Goff, offers a unique opportunity to explore theoretical explanations of racial disparities in policing that deviate from popular narratives and interventions focused on “hearts and minds” rather than malignant structural configurations. In all of the day’s presentations and discussions, the need for leveraging historical data in designin…

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  • 12.Financials | About

    Financials 2019 Audited Financial Statements 2018 Audited Financial Statements 2017 Audited Financial Statements Mobilizing social science for the public good. The Social Science Research Council, an independent, international nonprofit, mobilizes necessary knowledge for the public good by supporting scholars worldwide, generating new research across disciplines, and linking researchers with policymakers and citizens. By subscribing, you agree that the SSRC may process your information in accordance with our privacy policy.

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  • 13.Mellon Mays Program Tackles Concerns of Black South African Scholars

    Mellon Mays Program Tackles Concerns of Black South African Scholars The SSRC’s Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program (MMGIP) supports Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) fellows through their graduate school years and the professoriate. Its programming is a series of events that target critical junctures in this process. The annual Graduate Student Summer Conference, held on the campus of a Mellon member school, is an introduction to MMGIP, as well as to what fellows may encounter in their first through third years of graduate school. It is modeled, in part, upon a professional association conference. Prominent keynote speakers are invited, and fellows submit abstracts and, if selected, present their work in a paper session forum with feedback from our Mellon PhDs. As most fellows are in American graduate schools, that has been the focus. The MMGIP has over 750 PhD recipients and over 700 graduate students in PhD programs. The University of Cape Town (UCT) became a part of MMUF in 2001 and was joined by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in 2008 and 2009, respectively. There are now over 20 South African Mellon PhDs and more than 180 graduate students in pursuit of advanced degrees. This population of fellows has reached a critical mass, with concerns about the academy that are universal, but also issues that are unique to South Africa. To give voice to their concerns and best serve this population of fellows, the program created a pilot Summer Conference for South African fellows to be held during the summer months in Cape Town. Over 40 South African Mellon fellows joined us January 29–31 for this event. While the conference followed the model of the Summer Conference traditionally held in the US, it was uniquely South African. The theme of the conference came from the fellows themselves, entitled “On Being a Black Academic in South Africa.” The conference began with the Benjamin E Mays Address, which is an opportunity for one of our more veteran fellows with a PhD to talk about their career, research, and Mellon experience. Dr. Nkosiyasi Dube, who entered MMUF in 2008 and is currently a lecturer in the Department of Social Work at the University of Witwatersrand, delivered an address that was deeply engaging to the fellows attending. He encouraged fellows to be confident in their work and in themselves as academics, remarking, “If you don’t say it, then no one will know it … whatever you do, don’t be comfortable in your corner—be confident and share [your work] …” He concluded his speech by commenting on the crucial role that Mellon’s support played in his current success. Quoting an African proverb, he said, “The axe that cuts a tree forgets, but the cut tree never [does].” The vice chancellors from Wits and UCT, as well as other professors and administrators from our South African institutions, joined the fellows at dinner for lively conversation and the building of new networks. While the South African Summer Conference followed the model of the US Summer Conference in that fellows were able to present their work on paper panels and get feedback, enjoy workshops on a variety of skills ranging from studying overseas to how to write abstracts and CVs, every participant was South African and affiliated with the Mellon program. This was a powerful example not only of the growth of MMUF in South Africa, but also of the growing production of knowledge from the global South. The keynote panel, “On Being a Black Scholar in South Africa,” included Dr. Abongwe Bangeni, co-ordinator of the Language Development Group at UCT’s Centre for Higher Education Development; Edwina Brooks, director of student development at UCT; and Dr. Sakhumzi Mfecane, department head of anthropology and sociology at UWC. The panelists spoke about issues that fellows wanted addressed. These included the decolonization of the academy; mindfulness of the space one occupies as a black scholar; finding one’s own voice and agency in these spaces; and suppor…

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  • 14.Who We Are | About

    Who We Are Better understanding makes for better choices. The SSRC is an international, interdisciplinary network of networks dedicated to galvanizing knowledge and mobilizing it for the public good. The Council is unique in scope and structure. It convenes scholars, practitioners, and policymakers while standing alongside the academy and public affairs. By supporting individual scholars, enhancing the capacity of institutions, generating new research, and linking researchers with policymakers and citizens, the SSRC plays a vital role in efforts to build a more just and democratic world. The SSRC was founded in 1923 by visionaries in the fledgling fields of anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, sociology, and statistics. The organization was shaped by the need to cross the boundaries that separated these disciplines from each other, university scholarship from public affairs, and the social sciences from the humanities and the natural sciences. For more than ninety years, the SSRC has navigated these borders, emerging as both a pivotal force in the academy and a respected contributor to the public good. Today, our work remains focused on enhancing the capacity of scholars and institutions and on building research networks that cross regions and disciplines to produce and communicate new knowledge. View the SSRC Informational Brochure. [PDF] Mobilizing social science for the public good. The Social Science Research Council, an independent, international nonprofit, mobilizes necessary knowledge for the public good by supporting scholars worldwide, generating new research across disciplines, and linking researchers with policymakers and citizens. By subscribing, you agree that the SSRC may process your information in accordance with our privacy policy.

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  • 15.Mary McDonnell Named Senior Vice President for Strategic Learning and Special Initiatives

    Mary McDonnell Named Senior Vice President for Strategic Learning and Special Initiatives Mary Byrne McDonnell has been named senior vice president for strategic learning and special initiatives at the Social Science Research Council. In this important new role, she will oversee the Council’s Strategic Learning and Evaluation portfolio, leading partnerships with the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Mastercard Foundation, and other collaborators in Asia, Australia, Africa, and North America, while developing new ones. In addition, she retains her portfolio of capacity-strengthening work in Japan and Vietnam. McDonnell will also continue to bring her broad expertise and insight to the Council’s work, serving as a vital member of the leadership team and advising the president on a range of issues. The SSRC’s Strategic Learning and Evaluation portfolio was developed by McDonnell beginning in 2006. Beginning with widely praised work in Vietnam, McDonnell and her team established an innovative set of tools that bring a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods to bear on leadership training, professional development, and organizational learning. This approach generates insights that improve programmatic and organizational effectiveness, including processes, outcomes, and impact. McDonnell began full-time work at the Council in 1986 and has made major contributions in a wide range of areas, including directing the East Asia Program, founding and leading the Abe Fellowship and Vietnam Programs, and developing the Human Capital Initiative. She was appointed executive program director in 1997 and executive director in 2000, playing a central role in the Council’s management and administration. McDonnell received a PhD in history from Columbia University, with a focus on transnational connections between Southeast Asia and the Middle East. She has master’s degrees in both international affairs and journalism, also from Columbia, and worked as a journalist covering Asian and Middle Eastern affairs before joining the Council. She is coeditor (with Robert Dingwall) of The SAGE Handbook of Research Management. Mobilizing social science for the public good. The Social Science Research Council, an independent, international nonprofit, mobilizes necessary knowledge for the public good by supporting scholars worldwide, generating new research across disciplines, and linking researchers with policymakers and citizens. By subscribing, you agree that the SSRC may process your information in accordance with our privacy policy.

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  • 16.Where We Work | About

    Where We Work With headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, the SSRC partners with scholars, academic institutions, NGOs, and governmental bodies across the world. Council activities and networks span more than 80 countries on 6 continents. Learn more about SSRC Programs. Mobilizing social science for the public good. The Social Science Research Council, an independent, international nonprofit, mobilizes necessary knowledge for the public good by supporting scholars worldwide, generating new research across disciplines, and linking researchers with policymakers and citizens. By subscribing, you agree that the SSRC may process your information in accordance with our privacy policy.

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  • 17.Mission | About

    The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent, international, nonprofit organization founded in 1923. It fosters innovative research, nurtures new generations of social scientists, deepens how inquiry is practiced within and across disciplines, and mobilizes necessary knowledge on important public issues. The SSRC is guided by the belief that justice, prosperity, and democracy all require better understanding of complex social, cultural, economic, and political processes. We work with practitioners, policymakers, and academic researchers in the social sciences, related professions, and the humanities and natural sciences. We build interdisciplinary and international networks, working with partners around the world to link research to practice and policy, strengthen individual and institutional capacities for learning, and enhance public access to information. Basic Commitments The SSRC approaches its work guided by five basic commitments: Fostering innovation. We work on problems that need new approaches; we act as a catalyst for new thinking. We seek to mobilize the most creative and knowledgeable researchers and to help research institutions be more dynamic. Renewing existing expertise, putting knowledge to work on new problems, and generating novel data and theories are all crucial to advancing social science for the public good. Investing in the future. We ensure the future of knowledge production through nurturing new generations of researchers, enabling practitioners to act on scientific knowledge, enhancing cross-fertilization among intellectual fields, developing capacity where it is most lacking, and facilitating the internationalization of social science. Working internationally and democratically. Better understanding of basic social processes is a resource for improving the lives of all. It should be available to all. Participation in the production of scientific knowledge should also be as broad as possible. We support the internationalization of social science and opportunities for under-represented groups both as matters of equity and as requirements for ensuring that the production of knowledge is informed by different contexts and perspectives. Combining urgency and patience. We bring researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and broader publics together to focus on topics of pressing public importance from health to human rights. But since even the most urgent problems are seldom solved overnight, we must learn even as we act, and we must continually renew existing knowledge. Keeping standards high. Practical action, policy, and debate on major public issues all need to be informed by the best possible knowledge. This is produced by emphasizing scientific quality, engaging important public questions, and ensuring openness to critical analysis. Theory and research can then command the attention of those who approach practical issues with different values or agendas. Mobilizing social science for the public good. The Social Science Research Council, an independent, international nonprofit, mobilizes necessary knowledge for the public good by supporting scholars worldwide, generating new research across disciplines, and linking researchers with policymakers and citizens. By subscribing, you agree that the SSRC may process your information in accordance with our privacy policy.

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  • 18.Employment

    Employment Mobilizing social science for the public good. The Social Science Research Council, an independent, international nonprofit, mobilizes necessary knowledge for the public good by supporting scholars worldwide, generating new research across disciplines, and linking researchers with policymakers and citizens. By subscribing, you agree that the SSRC may process your information in accordance with our privacy policy.

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  • 19.Creative Commons

    Creative Commons Except where otherwise noted, content published on or after January 1, 2014, on the SSRC’s public website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License. This license permits you to copy, distribute, and display such content as long as you mention and link back to the SSRC, attribute the work appropriately (including both author and title), and do not adapt the content or use it commercially. For all undated content and all content published on the SSRC’s website prior to January 1, 2014, please contact the Council’s Communications Department to ensure that there are no legal restrictions on the use of the material in question. The information presented and opinions expressed in individual posts and comments on the SSRC’s website do not necessarily represent the views of the Social Science Research Council. Mobilizing social science for the public good. The Social Science Research Council, an independent, international nonprofit, mobilizes necessary knowledge for the public good by supporting scholars worldwide, generating new research across disciplines, and linking researchers with policymakers and citizens. By subscribing, you agree that the SSRC may process your information in accordance with our privacy policy.

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  • 20.Programs

    AREAS OF RESEARCH AND COLLABORATION The Council’s programs nurture the excellent, the experimental, and the innovative. Our work is currently organized around the following general themes: Media, Technology & Politics Economic & Social Policy Global & Regional Connections Governance, Democracy & Civil Society Health & Environment Higher Education Peace, Conflict & Security Mobilizing social science for the public good. The Social Science Research Council, an independent, international nonprofit, mobilizes necessary knowledge for the public good by supporting scholars worldwide, generating new research across disciplines, and linking researchers with policymakers and citizens. By subscribing, you agree that the SSRC may process your information in accordance with our privacy policy.

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  • 21.Get Involved

    SUPPORT THE SSRC Council programs support researchers, build worldwide capacity for knowledge production, and nurture innovation and excellence. For more than ninety years, these activities have been made possible by the generosity of our foundation, institutional, governmental, and individual partners. The need for rich and effective social science is urgent and persistent. As a proven incubator for new forms of inquiry, and as a connector and communicator of research and expertise, the SSRC plays a vital role in the work of building a more just society. Our donors are key partners in that work. Mobilizing social science for the public good. The Social Science Research Council, an independent, international nonprofit, mobilizes necessary knowledge for the public good by supporting scholars worldwide, generating new research across disciplines, and linking researchers with policymakers and citizens. By subscribing, you agree that the SSRC may process your information in accordance with our privacy policy.

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  • 22.Council Update

    Council Update Subscribe to our Council Update E-Newsletter #mc_embed_signup{background:#F8F9F9; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; } /* Add your own Mailchimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block. We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS link to the HEAD of your HTML file. */ Manage your SSRC email subscription Mobilizing social science for the public good. The Social Science Research Council, an independent, international nonprofit, mobilizes necessary knowledge for the public good by supporting scholars worldwide, generating new research across disciplines, and linking researchers with policymakers and citizens. By subscribing, you agree that the SSRC may process your information in accordance with our privacy policy.

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  • 23.Social Science Research Council President Search

    Social Science Research Council President Search Title President/CEO Description The Presidential Search Committee invites nominations for the position of president of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). Founded in 1923 and based in New York City, with several project offices overseas, the SSRC is an independent, not-for-profit, international organization that advances social scientific research for the benefit of all societies. Its activities include interdisciplinary research, workshops and conferences, fellowships and summer training institutes, and a wide array of scholarly exchanges. In collaboration with several hundred US and internationally based researchers, policymakers, professionals, activists, and others from the private and public sectors, a staff of approximately eighty develops and implements the Council’s programs, while working to strengthen research capacities in the United States and abroad. The SSRC shares knowledge with various publics and decision-making groups through publications and other communications. Responsibilities The president and chief executive officer of the SSRC is responsible for the organizational leadership, fiscal health, and achievement of the SSRC’s vision and goals. The president’s responsibilities include defining organizational and programmatic direction; bringing the Council’s convening power to bear; and communicating the goals, mission, accomplishments, and research findings of the organization and its programs. This president should also be able to lead and oversee the organizing of the Council’s centennial celebration in 2023. As a respected and creative intellectual, the president engages various communities of scholarship and practice, foundations, government and international agencies, and public fora to harness the power of the social sciences and the SSRC itself to make a difference in addressing contemporary challenges around the world. Beyond intellectual leadership and fundraising, the president must possess demonstrated organizational leadership, administrative, and budgetary skills. The president leads, guides, and mentors a diverse staff of professional social scientists, led by two experienced executives, the Vice President of Programs and the Vice President of Administration and Operations. The president supports staff in raising program-specific funds and achieving programmatic goals and is supported by staff in developing new initiatives. The president works to increase the Council’s institutional capacities through the cultivation of productive relationships with people of diverse interests and affiliations, including foundations and federal funding and private gifts; superintends the basic features of the budget, especially fundraising to meet core operating costs; and envisions new program directions. The president reports to the SSRC Board of Directors and usually has a five-year renewable term. The president of the Council should be a distinguished social scientist dedicated to scholarly, programmatic, and institutional innovation. They will possess a wide range of intellectual interests, an appreciation for different scholarly approaches, and the capacity to connect, collaborate, and facilitate across diverse geographic, institutional, and intellectual boundaries. The Council’s president must also be an energetic fundraiser, skilled speaker, and an able representative of the social sciences who can explain their contributions to the public interest. .l-generic-page h3 {margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 5px; font-size: 18px; font-weight: bold;} Desirable Attributes and Skills Intellectual and Creative Leadership - The president should have a strong base in the social sciences, broadly defined, wide-ranging intellectual interests, and breadth of intellect. Evidence of distinguished leadership related to the academy and intellectual life is expected, as are deep connections within academia. The president should seek to advance new ideas and approaches and help the SSRC to build new areas of scholarship. The president should be a cr…

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  • 24.Privacy Policy

    Privacy Policy Revised May 31, 2018 The Social Science Research Council (“we” or “us” or “our”) respects the privacy of our users (“user” or “you”). This Privacy Policy explains how we collect, use, disclose, and safeguard your personal information when you visit our website, www.ssrc.org, including any other media form, media channel, mobile website, or mobile application related or connected thereto (collectively, the “Site”). This Privacy Policy applies regardless of how you access the Site – whether by personal computers, mobile devices or otherwise. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully. BY VISITING THE SITE, YOU CONSENT TO OUR USING ANY INFORMATION THAT YOU PROVIDE TO US OR THAT WE COLLECT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS POLICY. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THIS POLICY, DO NOT VISIT OR USE THIS SITE. GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (EU) The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is a European Regulation concerning the use and processing of personal information. We are committed to processing your information in compliance with the GDPR. CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY We reserve the right to make changes to this Privacy Policy at any time and for any reason. If and when we make material changes to this Privacy Policy, we will provide you with notice as appropriate under the circumstances by displaying a prominent notice within the Site or by sending you an email (if we have your email address). Please be sure to read any such notice carefully. You can tell that this Policy has been updated by checking the last revised date posted on the top of this page. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to this Privacy Policy will mean that you accept those changes. Any changes or modifications will be effective immediately upon posting the updated Privacy Policy on the Site. COLLECTION OF YOUR INFORMATION We may collect information about you in a variety of ways. The information we may collect on the Site includes: Personal Data Personally identifiable information, such as your name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number, and demographic information, such as your age, gender, and interests, that you voluntarily give to us when you register with the Site (such as for grant applications, employment applications, program activities, or events) or when you choose to participate in various activities related to the Site (such as for email newsletter sign-up forms or surveys). You are under no obligation to provide us with personal information of any kind and you may visit and browse the information on the Site regardless of whether you furnish personal information. However, your refusal to provide personal information may prevent you from using certain features of the Site. Derivative Data Information our servers automatically collect when you access the Site, such as your IP address, your browser type, your operating system, your access times, and the pages you have viewed directly before and after accessing the Site. Financial Data Financial information, such as data related to your payment method (e.g., valid credit card number, card brand, expiration date) that we may collect when you submit an online donation. We store only very limited, if any, financial information that we collect. Otherwise, all financial information is stored by our payment processor, Authorize.net. You are encouraged to review their privacy policy and contact them directly with any questions. USE OF YOUR INFORMATION Having accurate information about you permits us to provide you with a smooth, efficient, and customized experience and further contributes to our charitable mission. Specifically, we may use information collected about you via the Site to: Create and manage your account. Compile anonymous statistical data and analysis for use internally or with third parties. Email you regarding your account. Enable user-to-user communications. Increase the efficiency and operation of the Site. Notify you of updates to the Site. Monitor and analyze usage and trend…

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  • 25.Announcing the Social Media and Democracy Research Grants

    Announcing the Social Media and Democracy Research Grants There is exciting news about the Social Data Initiative (SDI) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), which is not only studying important dynamics in our society, but has the potential to shape the future of the social sciences. We launched the SDI in April to provide the social science research community with secure, reliable access to proprietary social media data. Today SSRC President Alondra Nelson announced, with Professors Gary King and Nate Persily, the first Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Social Media and Democracy Research Grants competition. In collaboration with Social Science One (SS1), an entity developed by Professors King and Persily, Facebook will make data available to independent social science researchers for the first time. Through the Social Media and Democracy Research Grants competition the SSRC will independently administer research funding, lead the peer review and data ethics review process, and work with SS1 to manage the research. We are proud to work with SS1 to make this important project a reality. Their direct role in handling the data and liaising with Facebook helps to ensure that all-important review and funding decisions remain independent of the company. The SSRC has engaged with SS1 in accordance with the core commitments of the SDI: the highest standards of academic scholarship, data privacy, harnessing the perspectives leading scholars from diverse geographies and backgrounds, and mobilizing knowledge for the public good. While there is no shortage of scholarly work on social media, the SDI has the potential to enable an unprecedented scale and scope of research. Scholars from all over the world, working with the same data and asking a broad set of questions about democracy and elections offers an opportunity to both build fields of study and come to meaningful conclusions about social processes globally. The SSRC extends its appreciation to the diverse group of funders who made the Social Media and Democracy Research Grants competition possible: Laura and John Arnold Foundation, The Democracy Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Charles Koch Foundation, Omidyar Network, and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. This vanguard project continues the SSRC’s ninety-five year tradition of marrying the endurance of rigorous social science with the flexibility of our skillset and the vision to apply it for the public good. Interested researchers are encouraged to submit proposals at apply.ssrc.org. Mobilizing social science for the public good. The Social Science Research Council, an independent, international nonprofit, mobilizes necessary knowledge for the public good by supporting scholars worldwide, generating new research across disciplines, and linking researchers with policymakers and citizens. By subscribing, you agree that the SSRC may process your information in accordance with our privacy policy.

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