• 1.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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  • 2.Print & Digital

    Sharing New Knowledge The SSRC has published in the social sciences since 1929 and continues to shape the direction of scholarship and public policy through a wide range of books, reports, working papers, policy briefs, and articles. SSRC digital projects extend our tradition of engagement through rigorous inquiry, offering informed perspectives on topics of pressing concern and essential resources for researchers and practitioners. Digital projects include forums, essay collections, resource hubs, and exhibitions of our programmatic 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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  • 3.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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  • 4.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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  • 5.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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  • 6.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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  • 7.Directions to the SSRC

    Directions to the SSRC View Larger Map The Social Science Research Council is located at One Pierrepont Plaza in Brooklyn, on the 15th floor. Our street address, according to Google Maps, is 300 Cadman Plaza West, just north of Pierrepont Street. We are near several subway stops. Detailed directions are available for trains arriving from Manhattan: 2, 3: Borough Hall (detailed directions from the 2, 3) 4, 5: Borough Hall (detailed directions from the 4, 5) A, C: High St/Brooklyn Bridge (detailed directions from the A, C) F: Jay St/Borough Hall (detailed directions from the F) R: Court St (detailed directions from the R) Upon entering the building, please show your ID to the front desk attendant, who will grant you access to the elevators. Proceed to the rear elevator bank and take the elevator to the 15th floor. If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the front desk at 212-377-2700. Thank you! Our mailing address is: Social Science Research Council One Pierrepont Plaza, 15th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA P: 212-377-2700 | F: 212-377-2727 | E: info@ssrc.org Detailed Directions from Manhattan 2, 3 to Borough Hall: Use the stairs or escalator toward the rear of the train for the “Court Street and Montague Street” exit. Proceed through the turnstile then exit the station using the staircase on your right to Montague Street. Cross Montague Street toward TD Bank. Look up and you will see our building, a tall red-brick building with a green pointed roof. To get there, keep walking North (straight) along Cadman Plaza West and cross Pierrepont Street. Our main entrance has ONE PIERREPONT PLAZA written above the doors. Upon entering the building, please check in with the front desk to exchange your ID for a temporary access key to the turnstiles. Proceed to the rear elevator bank and take the elevator to the 15th floor. 4, 5 to Borough Hall: Use the staircase toward the middle of the platfrom for the “Borough Hall/Joralemon Street” exit. At the top of the stairs, follow signs toward Borough Hall. Proceed through turnstile then take the stairs furthest to your left. You will exit in front of Duane Reade. Walk north on Court Street (away from starbucks) past Remsen and Montague Streets. At Montague Street, Court Street becomes Cadman Plaza West. Continue north on Cadman Plaza West and cross Pierrepont Street. Ours is the first building after Pierrepont Street, a tall red-brick building with a green pointed roof. Our main entrance is on Cadman Plaza West and has ONE PIERREPONT PLAZA written above the doors. Upon entering the building, please check in with the front desk to exchange your ID for a temporary access key to the turnstiles. Proceed to the rear elevator bank and take the elevator to the 15th floor. A, C to High St/Brooklyn Bridge: Use the stairs near the rear of the train for the “Cadman Plaza West, Cranberry Street, Henry Street” exit. At the top of the stairs, proceed to the bank of escalators and up. There is only one exit—when you emerge onto the sidewalk, you’ll be facing south on Cadman Plaza West. Continue straight ahead on Cadman, crossing Clark and Clinton streets. If you look up and you will see our building, a tall red-brick building with a green pointed roof. Our main entrance is on Cadman Plaza West and has ONE PIERREPONT PLAZA written above the doors. Upon entering the building, please check in with the front desk to exchange your ID for a temporary access key to the turnstiles. Proceed to the rear elevator bank and take the elevator to the 15th floor. F to Jay St/Borough Hall: Use the stairs toward the front of the train for the “Willoughby Street and Jay Street” exit. Walk north on Jay Street (past Metrotech Walk and Mrtyle Avenue) to Johnson Street, which will be the first possible left. Turn left onto Johnson and continue west toward Cadman Plaza West. If you look up, you will see our building, a tall red-brick building with a green pointed roof. Our main entrance is on Cadman Plaza West and has ONE PIERREPONT PLAZA written above the doors. Upon entering the buildin…

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  • 8.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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  • 9.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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  • 10.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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  • 11.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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  • 12.SSRC President Meets with College and University Fund Institutions

    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 Council’s commitment to working to ensure the integrity and accessibility of research. At Northwestern, Nelson also spoke in Graduate School dean Teresa K. Woodruff’s Dean’s Lecture Series, addressing directors of graduate studies on the topic of interdisciplinarity in doctoral training, drawing on the SSRC’s long tradition of cultivating research and collaboration across fields. At UC Davis, President Nelson was pleased to meet with Elizabeth Spiller, dean of the College of Letters and Science. Her visit to the University of Chicago was hosted by Amanda Woodward, dean of the Division of the Social Sciences, and Mark Bradley, deputy dean, and included a lively discussion with faculty and students on diversity in higher education as well as meetings with faculty in the Departments of Sociology, Political Science, History, Genetics, and Comparative Human Behavior. The visit to Swarthmore was hosted by President Valerie Smith. The host institution invited leaders of neighboring Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges to participate in the discussions. Often, these visits culminated with Nelson delivering a public lecture about her research on science, technology, and racial inequality. In fall 2018, Nelson will visit New York University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. 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.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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  • 14.A Message from Our President, Alondra Nelson

    A Message from Our President, Alondra Nelson I am proud and honored to have been selected by the Board of Directors to be the next president of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). Succeeding Ira Katznelson at the helm is humbling. Ira’s vision and dedication since 2012 have poised the SSRC to forge new paths, in new ways, with new generations of scholars. In preparing to take up the baton from Ira, I have spent significant time discovering and reflecting on the rich history of the SSRC. For nearly a century the Council has demonstrated what thoughtful investment in research can yield. Since 1923, this organization has often proven the catalyst for groundbreaking research and scholarship, with Margaret Mead, E. Franklin Frazier, Charles Taylor, John Kenneth Galbraith, Koichi Hamada, Seymour Martin Lipset, Danilyn Rutherford, Ralph Bunche, Sean Decatur, several Nobel laureates, and one Secretary of State and Treasury among our alumni of fellows and collaborators. The SSRC of the past constitutes the baseline of our considerable achievements. But by no means is it a limit. Today’s SSRC builds upon this history every day, with an array of intellectual projects that tackle the nation’s and the world’s most pressing concerns. Among these are illiberal democracy, political polarization, economic and educational inequality, climate change, conflict and peacebuilding, digital culture, religion and the public sphere, and the higher education pipeline, with rigorous and pioneering research at the core of each. As you read this, members of the SSRC community are at work right now, on nearly every continent. Despite the near century of change, the SSRC has witnessed and, in no small measure, helped shape the pillar of our mission: advancing social science research for the public good. This singular purpose has constantly been revived and renewed and, over many decades, pursued in innovative ways. Through forging new partnerships across disciplines, divides, and borders, and creating diverse projects and initiatives that both anticipate and illuminate the pressing issues of our time, the work of the Council will continue to be renewed. We must ask the hard questions about the public good, reach new audiences, and communicate effectively and emphatically about the value and impact of social science scholarship. Some of our work will bring immediate results; more of our explorations of social science will require investment and investigation over time. This will be the future work of the SSRC. I am eager to work together to advance our shared cause, and would enjoy hearing from you. I am sure you have ideas on how the Council can meet the evolving needs of its wide-ranging constituencies; I look forward to collaborating with you and hearing your ideas. Feel free to email me.aside h5 {display:none;}; September 29, 2017 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.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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  • 16.Board of Directors | About

    Board of Directors The SSRC is governed by a board of directors made up of social scientists and practitioners from a broad range of disciplines and institutions. The board elects the SSRC president and regularly reviews the Council’s intellectual program. An executive committee of the board oversees financial and operational aspects. h6 {font-size: 1.4rem} danah boyd Founder and President, Data & Society Executive Committee Member danah boyd is the founder and president of Data & Society, a research institute focused on understanding the role of data-driven technologies in society. She is also a principal researcher at Microsoft Research and a visiting professor at New York University. Her research is focused on addressing social and cultural inequities by understanding the relationship between technology and society. Her most recent books—It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens and Participatory Culture in a Networked Age—examine the intersection of everyday practices and social media. She is a 2011 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a director of Crisis Text Line, and a trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian. She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Brown University, a master’s degree from the MIT Media Lab, and a PhD in information from the University of California, Berkeley. Her Twitter handle is @zephoria, and her website is danah.org. Teresa P. R. Caldeira Professor of City and Regional Planning, College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley Chair • Executive Committee Member Teresa P. R. Caldeira is professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. She is also professor of geography and a member of the Steering Committee of the UC Berkeley–Mellon Global Urban Humanities Initiative. Her research focuses on the predicaments of urbanization, such as spatial segregation, social discrimination, and the uses of public space in cities of the global south. She has analyzed the processes that generate these cities, such as peripheral urbanization and autoconstruction, highlighting their inventiveness, political cartographies, and modes of collective life. An anthropologist by training, she has been especially interested in reshaping ethnographic methods for the study of cities and political action, a practice exemplified in her award-winning book City of Walls: Crime, Segregation, and Citizenship in São Paulo (University of California Press, 2001). One of her current research projects investigates the emergence of new formations of collective life in four cities of the global south (São Paulo, Delhi, Johannesburg, and Jakarta). These new arrangements are considerably transforming the everyday, urban spaces, and politics of these cities, reflected in new forms of spatial composition, household arrangements, livelihood, and everyday circulation. She is the recipient of a UC Berkeley Faculty Mentor Award and of a UC President’s Faculty Research Fellowship in the Humanities. In 2012 she was named a Guggenheim Fellow. Caldeira was educated at the University of São Paulo (BA in social sciences and MA in political science) and at the University of California, Berkeley (PhD in anthropology). She worked as a professor and researcher in the Brazilian university system between 1980 and 1996. She was a researcher at the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP), one of Brazil’s most important research centers in the social sciences, for fifteen years. She was also a professor at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), São Paulo, before joining the University of California, Irvine. She became a member of the UC Berkeley faculty in 2007. Her work has been published in several languages. Isabelle de Lamberterie Director of Research Emerita, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Isabelle de Lamberterie has been a researcher on comparative law at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris since 1969 and is now director of research emeri…

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  • 17.Media, Technology & Politics Subscription Management

    Media, Technology & Politics Subscription 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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  • 18.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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  • 19.Ford Foundation Funds China-Africa Peace Fellowship

    Ford Foundation Funds China-Africa Peace Fellowship The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) has received a $429,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to support the China-Africa Peace Fellowship, an initiative of the SSRC’s Understanding Violent Conflict program. This fellowship aims to strengthen the evidentiary basis for Chinese scholarship on the UN and in peace and security studies, foster greater South-South dialogue, and promote knowledge exchange between African and Chinese scholars, as well as integrate African and Chinese perspectives into key policy debates within the UN. Particularly critical to this latter process is the emphasis placed on networking with African civil society, which plays a key role in peace efforts across Africa. A 2016 cohort of the fellowship was supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to the SSRC’s China-Africa Knowledge Project, and was implemented in collaboration with the SSRC’s African Peacebuilding Network, the American Friends Service Committee China Office, and Beijing Foreign Studies University. The China-Africa Peace Fellowship is emblematic of the SSRC’s longstanding commitment to enhance international research collaborations and to produce knowledge for the public good. The Peace Fellowship will open its call for proposals in May 2018. China’s growing contributions to UN peace efforts and the concentration of UN peace operations in Africa suggest that cooperation between China, the African Union, and the United Nations will be essential to the success of future peace missions. By facilitating cooperation between African and Chinese scholars, this ground-breaking initiative will strengthen scholarship from both regions on questions of peace and security. Rigorous evidence-based scholarship will help policymakers engage more constructively with each other and help ensure that peace operations integrate lessons from the people and countries most affected by their work. Moreover, through discussions with scholars and practitioners in Africa and the United States as well as with UN officials, the Chinese fellows will receive significant feedback on their work and gain exposure to new perspectives of engagement with the UN in Africa, such as mediation and preventive diplomacy, and human rights monitoring as complements to China’s current contributions to international responses to conflict. By bringing together scholars and experts from China and Africa, the program thus hopes to open up new channels and opportunities for South-South learning, cooperation, and knowledge sharing in order to ensure the sustainability of scholarly dialogue between Chinese and Africans on issues of peace and security for decades to come. 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.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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  • 21.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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  • 22.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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  • 23.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 2020 ▾ 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 emerging from an SSRC Media & Democracy research workshop. February The Transregional Collaboratory on the Indian Ocean invites grant proposals; an event presented in partnership with Brooklyn Historical Society will explore “Election Coverage in the Digital Age”; the Academic Network on Peace, Security, and the United Nations convenes a workshop on disinformation, democracy, and conflict; and SSRC Labs now includes a free, interactive online course on managing qualitative data. January UC Irvine joins the College and University Fund for the Social Sciences, the SSRC sponsors the Summer Institutes for Computational Social Science, Measure of America launches OurHome.NYC, and the Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program receives a two-year, $2,881,000 grant. 2019 ▾ December Measure of America’s DATA2GO.NYC platform receives the Census Bureau’s Opportunity Project Prize and features in a new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, and The Immanent Frame launches a new project exploring critical terms in the study of religion and secularism. November The Council publishes #Islamophobia: Stoking Fear and Prejudice in the 2018 Midterms, new Religion Program initiatives support early-career scholars, the SSRC hosts “An American Dilemma for the 21st Century,” and nominations for the Hirschman Prize are now open. October The Council launches its new MediaWell platform to track and curate research on disinformation, a full-day conference marks the 75th anniversary of An American Dilemma, the College and University Fund for the Social Sciences conference explores the future of transnational studies, the APN and Next Gen programs receive a $4.4 million grant, and the Council welcomes three new program officers. September Experts will explore reparations at an October event presented with Brooklyn Historical Society, SSRC president Alondra Nelson cohosts a New Yorker Radio Hour segment on affirmative consent, a Mellon grant supports the HumetricsHSS initiative, and a new report explores the challenges of governing digital platforms. August The SSRC showcases its work at intersection of media, technology, and politics; the inaugural grantees of the New Interdisciplinary Projects in the Social Sciences are announced; a new essay series explores uncertainty in extreme weather; and the To Secure Knowledge report is presented at the American Sociological Association. July The Sloan Scholars Mentoring Network expands its reach and initiatives with a new grant, a new series spotlights the teams of scholars awarded Social Media and Democracy Research Grants, and former fellows reflect on the groundbreak…

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    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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    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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