• 1.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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  • 2.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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  • 3.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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  • 4.General Terms of Use

    General Terms of Use The information presented and opinions expressed in comments and entries by individuals do not necessarily represent the views of the Social Science Research Council. Content published on the SSRC's public web site is free to be republished and/or redistributed, providing that the use is non-commercial and that the author and the SSRC are properly attributed. We prefer to have those interested in redistributing our web content online do so by publishing an excerpt and link to the full content on the SSRC web site, where it will be freely available, or at least that they include a link to the original content on the SSRC site. SSRC Forums Content For content published in our forums, we strongly recommend contacting the forum's editor/administrator to ensure that there are no other legal restrictions on the use of the material in question. 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.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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  • 6.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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  • 7.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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  • 8.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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  • 9.First University Fund Convening Focuses on Challenges to Social Science

    First University Fund Convening Focuses on Challenges to Social Science The SSRC hosted thirty-five senior academic and administrative leaders from member institutions of its University Fund for the Social Sciences at a conference exploring challenges and opportunities for producing, sharing, and using insights from the social sciences. The University Fund is composed of institutions of higher education that support the work of the SSRC and share the vision that research is essential to advancing the public missions of scholars and scholarship. The October 16 convening was hosted by the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and was organized by a planning committee that included Peter Lange, of Duke University and the SSRC’s Board of Directors; Deborah Prentice, provost of Princeton University; Chase Robinson, president of the CUNY Graduate Center; and Alberta Sbragia, vice provost at the University of Pittsburgh. The program focused on the concerns of the SSRC’s To Secure Knowledge task force, created to recommend ways to protect and advance social science’s ability to contribute to scientific innovation and public problem-solving. The University Fund representatives examined the nature of higher education in our current moment, including doubts about claims to scientific expertise; the optimal institutional arrangements for the production of research and social policy; and the accessibility and integrity of scholarly, federal, and proprietary data systems for social research as well as the opportunities these systems present for scientific advancement and social impact. Suggestions emerging from the University Fund conference will contribute to the task force’s report, to be released in early 2018. 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.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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  • 11.How We Work | About

    How We Work SSRC staff and scholars work to gather knowledge and communicate its implications for debate and public use. As we partner with institutions and scholars around the world, the Council offers an independent space for collaboration and an unbiased voice for social science. Through research networks and committees, workshops and conferences, summer training institutes and fellowships, scholarly exchanges and publications, the Council enhances the conditions for knowledge production worldwide. The SSRC’s organizational capacities focus on four intersecting purposes: Supporting Innovation in Social Science Scholarship By connecting disciplines and methods, the SSRC advances fresh ways to inquire, expand, and integrate the craft of social science. Building Interdisciplinary and International Networks to Address Public Issues The Council’s experience and standing allow it to convene leading researchers and practitioners—from policymakers and UN leaders, to architects and artists, to journalists and activists—to generate new knowledge and explore solutions to pressing public matters. Nurturing Scholars and Strengthening Institutions Through fellowships, workshops, and mentorship, the SSRC identifies and supports the most promising young professionals across the social sciences. While supporting individual scholars, the SSRC is also deeply committed to improving worldwide conditions for knowledge production at an institutional level through capacity building, resource sharing, and networking. Communicating and Explaining Social Knowledge Relying upon diverse forms ranging from books and digital forums to conferences and public events, the Council seeks to deepen the comprehension of social science by journalists, policymakers, practitioners, and citizens. Through strengthening institutions and exploring digital frontiers, we also work to expand scholarly access to knowledge, particularly in arenas where access has traditionally been limited. Tools Graduate and postgraduate fellowships Convening policymakers and scholars Cross-disciplinary engagement and innovation Conferences and workshops Mentorship for young scholars Books and other publications Digital forums and resources Lectures and public events 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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  • 12.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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  • 13.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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  • 14.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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  • 15.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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  • 16.To Secure Knowledge: A Task Force of the Social Science Research Council

    To Secure Knowledge: A Task Force of the Social Science Research Council The Social Science Research Council has launched “To Secure Knowledge,” a task force that is born from the organization’s essential obligations to scholarship, the infrastructure of social research, standards of inquiry and evidence, and the role rigorous understanding plays in public affairs. “To Secure Knowledge” builds on the SSRC’s history of utilizing the instrument of a task force from time to time to address particularly pressing concerns. The most recent was a Katrina Task Force that investigated the social dimensions of the response to Hurricane Katrina, as well as lessons that could be applied to similar disasters in the future. In this spirit, “To Secure Knowledge” will address five concerns that are tightly bound together: First is the scope, integrity, and accessibility of the federal statistical system. Vital data is presently generated by more than one-hundred federal agencies, but especially by thirteen whose primary mission is that of generating official statistics—Bureau of Economic Analysis; Bureau of Justice Statistics; Bureau of Labor Statistics; Bureau of Transportation Statistics; Census Bureau; Economic Research Service; Energy Information Administration; National Agricultural Statistics Service; National Center for Education Statistics; National Center for Health Statistics; National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics; Office of Research, Evaluation and Statistics (SSA); and Statistics of Income (IRS)—as well as NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Various challenges, including potentially severe budgetary constraints, are putting pressure on this essential basis of scholarly and policy knowledge. Second is a set of concerns about the organizational arrangements for social research and policy knowledge. There is a wide range of essential institutions in both public and civil life that undergird the quest, across subjects and methods, for systematic understanding of human phenomena. These include our uncommonly robust network of colleges and universities, national endowments for the arts and humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health, among many others. Without simply embracing the status quo, the task force will seek to understand how best to secure the institutional conditions for the creation, dissemination, and utilization of social knowledge. Third is the networks, patterns of interaction, and mobility of scholars. A great strength of the knowledge system of the United States has been its confident openness; characterized not only by a transparency of information and procedures, but by a global orientation that understands how the search for knowledge cannot be contained within any single country. For many decades, this approach has valued human exchanges, including the secure personal movement of scholars, and a quest for unimpeded collaboration. How can these valued practices be secured? Fourth is the set of norms, conventions, and patterns of behavior that long have characterized the ways in which the knowledge community has fashioned and governed its criteria for assessing careers and scholarly contributions, including systems of peer review. In a world increasingly characterized by liquid, instant, and uncurated information, largely autonomous, time-consuming, and demanding standard setting criteria and institutions within the scholarly world face growing skepticism. Which principles and which activities are most fundamental, and how, while open to adjustment, should they best be guarded, even as they are made more transparent? Fifth is changes to national policy that stress increased accountability for public funding, often linked to near term contributions of knowledge to national security and economic growth. This pressure affects the social sciences in ways that differ from the physical and health sciences, and thus requires careful attention to how responsibility is framed, the criteria by which various types…

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  • 17.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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  • 18.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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  • 19.Nelson Announces Plans to Step Down as SSRC President in Early Fall 2021;

    Nelson Announces Plans to Step Down as SSRC President in Early Fall 2021; Board Kicks Off Search for Next Leader New York -The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) today announced that President Alondra Nelson, the acclaimed scholar and former Columbia University Dean, who has led the SSRC since 2017, will be stepping down in the early fall of 2021, and that a search for her successor is now underway. In a letter to SSRC staff and partners, Board chair Dr. Mamadou Diouf said of Dr. Nelson, “Her commitment to scholarly rigor, insistence on research innovation and experimentation, and pursuit of new and novel partnerships has reinvigorated the SSRC and positioned it for a vibrant future as it approaches its second century.” He added that Dr. Nelson began discussions with the Board’s Executive Committee in December about her intention to step away from her leadership role, in order to take fullest advantage of her tenure at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and to focus more time on her ongoing research in bioethics, science and society, and social inequality. In a letter to SSRC staff, Dr. Nelson shared, “It has been a true privilege to lead this organization, and to – with all of you – orient it toward its next century in every respect. Together, we have built on SSRC’s legacy of scholarly rigor and intellectual depth and have infused it with greater inclusivity, bravery, and administrative and programmatic excellence on par with our scholarship. The partnerships we have built together have made both our research and our community stronger, for which we should all take great pride.” Dr. Diouf noted three major areas of transformative accomplishment during Nelson’s tenure: integration and collaboration; modernization and future focus; and strategic partnerships. He said, “Alondra has enabled and encouraged colleagues to learn from and leverage one another’s experiences, and has designed new and deepened programs built explicitly for integrated, cross-disciplinary teams.” “The Council also has, under Alondra’s leadership, attracted a cohort of early-career scholars in cutting-edge fields from data science to disinformation to global history, pioneering new methods and study-design approaches, and has made research something the SSRC studies as well as conducts.” “From her earliest days leading the SSRC, Alondra has advanced the goal of mobilizing social science for the public good, and that has meant new faces, new perspectives, and new partnerships. The SSRC has created a new internship program with Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, a mentorship program for Brownsville, Brooklyn high school students, and partnerships with Gothamist, WNYC, Brooklyn Historical Society, the Museum of the City of New York, and The New Yorker, among others. She has also deepened and strengthened relationships with the Council’s new and longstanding supporters, raising nearly 50 million dollars in support of social research. The extraordinary progress of the last few years at the SSRC now affords the organization the ability to begin thinking about its next chapter, in advance of our centennial, and to capitalize on existing momentum to, with Alondra’s help, recruit its first leader for its second century.” The Board’s Executive Committee will serve as the search committee for the SSRC’s next leader, and today launched a web page with search details. For inquiries and nominations, please contact Search Committee Chair, Dr. Helen Milner. June 6, 2020 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.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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  • 21.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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  • 22.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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  • 23.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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  • 24.Social Science Research Council Joins Other Social Science Organizations in Expressing Concern about Reported Instructions to the CDC to Ban Specific Words and Terms in FY19 Budget Requests

    Social Science Research Council Joins Other Social Science Organizations in Expressing Concern about Reported Instructions to the CDC to Ban Specific Words and Terms in FY19 Budget Requests The Social Science Research Council (SSRC), a convener of the associations of the various social science disciplines and an independent organization with a nearly century-old legacy of commitment to scientific integrity, is deeply troubled by reports of the administration’s banning of specific words in the 2019 budget requests of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The steadfast commitment of America’s public and private agencies to “science-based” and “evidence-based” inquiry and policy is a constant source of innovation—economic, technological, medical, and in human well-being—and a prime impetus for the respect in which US scientists are held throughout the world. Further, the SSRC is in agreement with our fellow social science organizations in believing “diversity” has been an essential strength of this country from its beginnings, and banning related terms belies the truth of our shared history and inextricably linked future. The SSRC joins the American Anthropological Association, the American Historical Association, the American Sociological Association, the American Statistical Association, and other scientific and engineering organizations as signatories on an American Association for the Advancement of Science letter to Mick Mulvaney, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, that underscores the importance of reliability of scientific information and the integrity of scientific research. The American Political Science Association similarly issued a statement “urging federal agencies to reiterate their commitment to scientific freedom, evidence-based policymaking, and freedom of expression.” The American Psychological Association “urge[d] the administration to support evidence-based government programs.” The SSRC believes principles of scientific freedom and integrity must be maintained, free of political influence. h1 {margin-bottom: 15px;} 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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  • 25.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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