• 76.Mellon Mays Graduate Student Summer Conference

    The Summer Conference is the flagship component of the SSRC-Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program. Targeted towards graduate students in years one through three, it provides a forum for skills exchange, cohort-building, and the development of professional proficiencies such as maximizing research resources. Open to graduating seniors accepted into a doctoral program and graduate students in years one through three Fellows may now attend as many times as they want during their period of eligibility Provides the tools and skills for managing the early years of graduate school Includes panel presentations of fellows’ research, thematic workshops, presentations by senior scholars, and other activities that expose early-stage graduate students to a broad range of institutional and intellectual issues Advanced graduate student fellows and Mellon Ph.D.s serve as workshop leaders, panel discussants, and moderators The 2018 Annual Graduate Student Summer Conference will be held from June 18 to 20 at Columbia University in New York, NY.

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  • 77.Mellon Mays Ph.D. Professional Development Conference

    The Ph.D. Professional Development Conference brings together Mellon Ph.D.s for three days. Fellows exchange ideas, update networks, and engage the key issues and challenges they face as junior faculty—teaching, research, publication and the tenure process—as well as making the transition from the professoriate to administration and other roles within institutions. Open to fellows who have completed the doctorate Provides an opportunity to revive and solidify relationships with colleagues and mentors, reflect upon their journey towards the Ph.D., expand professional networks, and recommit to the Mellon Mays mission Focuses on teaching, research, publication and funding The 2018 Ph.D. Professional Development Conference will be held from February 17 to 19 in New York, NY. It is open to tenure-track assistant professors in their second to fifth years.

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  • 78.Mellon Mays Proposal Writing and Dissertation Development Seminar

    The Proposal Writing and Dissertation Development Seminar (PWDDS) addresses common concerns arising in the process of preparing the dissertation proposal, and in writing the dissertation itself. Has two tracks running in parallel: Proposal Writing track: For pre-dissertation fellows working on the research proposal Dissertation Development track: For advanced fellows focusing on the body of the dissertation, with the majority of data collection complete Fellows may attend once in the third through sixth year of graduate school, attending either the proposal writing or the dissertation development track Includes a considerable amount of time for individual writing, small group sessions, peer reviews, and one-on-one consultations with Mellon faculty mentors Provides an ideal setting in which to receive collegial critique and feedback The 2017 PWDDS was held March 14 to 18 in Philadelphia, PA. Watch the videos below to find out more about the Proposal Writing and Dissertation Development tracks!.

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  • 79.Mellon Mays Regional Lecture Series

    In addition to supporting our fellows through various stages of the doctorate, the Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program aspires to foster and strengthen relationships among all members of the Mellon Mays community. To that end, the Regional Lecture Series brings together undergraduates, graduate students, coordinators, and faculty in each region for intellectual engagement and community-building. Each lecture allows a Mellon Ph.D. the opportunity to speak on their research or a current topic, and fellows and coordinators gather afterwards for a reception. To date, lectures have taken place in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, Baltimore, and Atlanta. The 2017 New York Lecture featured Dr. Philip Atiba Goff, Franklin A. Thomas Professor in Policing Equity at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. His talk was titled: "A Language of Justice: Making Sense of Race, Policing, and 2016." Dr. Zine Magubane, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston College, delivered the 2016 Boston Regional Lecture. She is shown here with the Wellesley MMUF fellows.

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  • 80.Mellon Mays Seminar on Preparing for the Professoriate

    The Preparing for the Professoriate seminar is for fellows entering the academic job market. The seminar gives fellows the skills they need to secure and negotiate their first faculty appointments successfully. Open to fellows who have completed, or are close to completing the dissertation* Provides the tools and skills that fellows need to navigate the academic job market Simulates the job search process Includes sessions with Mellon Ph.D.s who discuss a variety of issues, including the CV, job application, job talk, postdoctoral fellowships, defining one’s academic identity, and finding the proper fit Allows fellows to receive a level of attention far beyond what is offered by institutional workshops * This seminar is targeted at fellows that have completed or are close to completing their dissertations. For this reason, fellows that participate in the Preparing for the Professoriate seminar are not eligible to attend PWDDS or DWR, or apply to the Dissertation Completion Grant, after they have completed this seminar. The 2016 Preparing for the Professoriate seminar will be held from September 22 to 24 in Minneapolis, MN.

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  • 81.Migration and Cuba

    The Council is working with the migration centers of the University of Havana to assess the current state of research on migration in Cuba and to put forth agendas for research during the coming years. Central to this project will be facilitating, in modest ways, the incorporation of Cuban specialists into the international professional networks from which they have long been excluded while attracting the interest of foreign institutions and individuals to work in Cuba for the first time. Another core objective is strengthening the capacity of Cuban institutions to collaborate with one another.

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  • 82.Migration and Development Within and Across Borders: Research and Policy Perspectives on Internal and International Migration

    In order to improve understandings of the similarities, differences, and connections between internal and international migration and their impacts on development, scholars and practitioners expert on these issues within Asia, Latin America, Africa, and North America convened in November 2005 in New York City.  This path breaking collection of selected and revised essays was first published by the International Organization on Migration, which has generously agreed to our making them available here as well as at the IOM website (http://www.iom.int). This project was supported by the International Organization on Migration, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Center on Migration and Policy and Society. To download the individual chapters or the book in its entirety, go to: Across Borders Online Forum.

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  • 83.Migration and Education

    Migrants and their children now constitute more than half of the student body in many urban schools and post-secondary educational institutions in Canada, Europe, and the United States--a situation that challenges traditional approaches to preparing young people for employment and citizenship. The SSRC's Migration Program has initiated and collaborated in several major studies of the educational needs of immigrant and second generation students, along with institutional responses to those needs. Our activities have included convening working groups of experts from various backgrounds to review existing research and make recommendations; giving out fellowships to support further study; and producing edited volumes, journal articles, and other scholarly publications.

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  • 84.Migration and Religion

    Because the study of migration and the study of religion have developed separately, we know very little about their interrelationships. The SSRC Migration Program brings together scholars from both fields to explore how religion and settlement in new societies have affected the lives of migrants, both historically and in the present, both in the United States and in other parts of the world.

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  • 85.Migration and Security

    In the wake of September 11, 2001, the SSRC Migration Program convened a consultative committee on rethinking the challenges of migration and security. The committee organized a series of dialogues between representatives of U.S. government law enforcement agencies and of Muslim religious and community leaders to identify best practices for collaboration in insuring national security and civil rights. A June 2008 conference in London compared American practices with those in Great Britain, France, and Germany. Each meeting produced a report aimed at improving law enforcement-community relations.

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  • 86.NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security

    The NGO Working Group’s mission is to collaborate with the United Nations, its Member States and civil society towards full implementation of SCR 1325 and all other Security Council resolutions that address women, peace and security, including ensuring the equal and full participation of women in issues relating to peace and security. Using SCR 1325 as our guiding instrument, the NGO Working Group promotes a gender perspective and respect for human rights in all peace and security, conflict prevention and management and peacebuilding initiatives of the United Nations. The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, via its strategic positioning in New York at United Nations headquarters, plays an important global role in monitoring policy and practice on women, peace and security. Together with its growing network of gender and security experts, the coalition has built a constituency of women, peace and security advocates among UN Member States, high-level UN decision makers, and civil society working on peacebuilding initiatives at the national and local levels. For more information, visit: www.womenpeacesecurity.org.

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  • 87.Networks and Linguistic Autocatalysis

    The initial concept for this project was to challenge and enrich a multiple-networks social science approach to understanding the evolution of human societies by engaging more recent work within evolutionary biology and other natural sciences, tracing the emergence of new species and structures. Following a series of meetings to explore the parameters of this cross-disciplinary research, the group concluded that mathematical modeling of linguistic autocatalysis would be the most fruitful approach.  The project will now focus on examining how semantic networks (of language, concepts, and symbols) interact and produce collective memory, engaging more directly with scholars in behavioral economic and mathematics. By focusing on the idea of collective memory, defined as a representation that can be invoked independently of the context where it was created, they will develop several rich historical cases of the emergence of semantic networks for which mathematical representations of their evolution are possible. The aim is to fully examine the process of symbolic emergence, and represent it formally in a way that is portable to other settings. Recent Participants Woody Powell (Stanford University), John Padgett (University of Chicago) and Massimo Warglien (Università Ca' Foscari Venezia).

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  • 88.Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa

    Supporting the next generation of African researchers working on peace, security and development.

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  • 89.Next Generation Social Sciences: How and Where We Work

    The Next Generation Social Sciences program model responds to an emerging dilemma within higher education in the global South caused by the extraordinary emphasis on increasing undergraduate enrollment without proportionate investment in faculty development—a situation that erodes the ability of universities to produce the next generation of researchers, leaders, and practitioners. The program operates to strengthen tertiary education by creating a pipeline for the development of faculty members and research communities. For more information about the Next Generation Social Sciences model and an introduction to our Africa fellows and their work, please visit http://nextgen.ssrc.org/.

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  • 90.Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project

    Contributing to conflict resolution in Northeast Asia.

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  • 91.Parameters

    Parameters is an online forum from the Council’s Digital Culture program, meant to address a complex, persistent question at the heart of social science research: how does (and, ultimately, should) the production and distribution of knowledge change under digital conditions? Parameters is intended to showcase wide-ranging, even conflicting perspectives on this issue, amplifying voices of scholars and researchers, teachers and publishers, librarians and archivists, as they reflect on how their work changes—and doesn’t change—even as the modes through which knowledge is collected, shared, analyzed, and interpreted continue to be informed and influenced by computational methods, platforms, and tools. The forum consists of writing coming out of our working groups, as well as solicited pieces and responses from a wide range of important voices in the social sciences. Visit Parameters at parameters.ssrc.org.

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  • 92.Policy Outreach

    The UVC will seek to inform the broader policy community through a network of direct relationships with leading policymakers at the UN, EU, AU, within the government of the United Kingdom, and local civil society actors. Longer research outputs will translated into more digestible policy notes for policy audiences and the UVC will also brief policymakers on findings and conclusions. It will also capitalize on existing platforms convened by Director Carayannis, such as the Central African Policy Forum (CAPF), the DRC Affinity Group, and the Civil Society - UN Prevention Platform to develop stronger partnerships with key global policymakers and civil society actors and contribute to improving the cooperation and coordination among key stakeholders across the system. The CAPF is a regular gathering of NGOs, diplomatic missions, UN agencies and departments, and academics in New York to explore policy options for building sustainable peace in the Great Lakes and neighboring states in Central Africa, while the DRC Affinity Group is a network of leading Congo scholars tasked to study the failures of two decades of international interventions aimed to end the conflict in DRC, and provide policy advice to EU, US, UN, and AU policymakers. The UN Prevention Platform is a collaborative exchange of best practices and lessons learned on conflict prevention and peace-building architecture, peace operations, and work on women. At a broader level, the UVC seeks to impact policy locally and use research to empower local partners to seek out change in their communities, and identify the networks that must be engaged to improve their day-to-day experiences.

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  • 93.Politics of Return (PoR)

    The Politics of Return research project, is a three-year LSE project funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council from 2017-2019 on the dynamics of ‘return and reintegration’ in the central and eastern African countries of Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and South Sudan through an ethnography of return and social repair in order to provide practical and policy support to international and national projects and programs aimed at facilitating the return of refugees and the displaced to their ‘homes’. UVC Director Tatiana Carayannis is one of the co-investigators of the consortium and will manage the research activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.

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  • 94.Producing Knowledge on World Regions

    Despite broad consensus among higher education leaders that US universities are undergoing a process of globalization, there is little agreement about just what globalization means, what propels it, or what intellectual, political, and ethical consequences it entails. This project develops an intellectual framework and a social science agenda for specifying and explaining this phenomenon. The project is based on a large-scale comparative study of federally funded National Resource Centers (NRCs) supporting the study of world regions. Research design, data collection, and preliminary analyses were funded by serial grants from the Department of Education (2004–2010), with additional support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Project publications engage with pressing questions for academic leaders: What academic roles can regional studies programs best fulfill going forward? How should universities support the study of a world in which regional distinctions are increasingly fluid? What are the obligations of public service for US universities that are increasingly sustained by students and patronage from beyond US national borders?.

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  • 95.Race and Capitalism

    The Race and Capitalism project is a multi-institution collaboration that seeks to reinvigorate, strengthen and deepen scholarship on how processes of racialization within the U.S. shaped capitalist society and economy and how capitalism has simultaneously shaped processes of racialization. Central questions include: 1) What is the relationship between racial and economic inequality; 2) How has the relationship between various racial and ethnic groups, the economy and civil society changed over time; and 3) What theoretical approaches to the studies of capitalism and race best explain the empirical reality of 21st century capitalism.  This project was initiated and conceived at the CSRPC and the Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality and Race (WISIR) at the University of Washington. With the support of the Scholarly Borderlands initiative, the group aims to further develop this project to:  bring together the existing and evolving theoretical analyses of the project with empirical research or rich case studies broaden its existing networks of scholars to continue to build capacity in new scholars who wish to take up these issues secure its longevity by building connections to pedagogy and expanding its impact by sharing research with publications for a broader public, including the SSRC’s Items channel, and with more events such as the project’s existing podcast series The first Items series, entitled “Reading Racial Conflict,” is available online. The series was curated by Michael Dawson and Megan Ming Francis, and invited scholars to draw on a “classic” or touchstone work in social science, the humanities, or African American studies to use as a lense for understanding current economic, political, and racial injustices. Further information about the project can be found at the Race and Capitalism website. Project Chairs Michael Dawson John D. MacArthur Professor of Political Science and the College, The University of Chicago Megan Ming Francis Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Washington      .

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  • 96.Religion and the Public Sphere

    Advancing and mobilizing new knowledge about religion, secularism, and public life.

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  • 97.Root Causes of Polarization

    Today in the United States and elsewhere we see the troubling effects of increasingly polarized political discourse: increased gridlock within government, the politicization and fragmentation of economic and social life, and the suppression of the spread of information and mutual learning across ideological lines. The causes and effects of polarization are too complex to be studied within the confines of a single discipline, and its exploration therefore requires participation and collaboration from scholars in many different fields. The goal of this group is to further formulate key issues and a research agenda on the problem of polarization with the aim of establishing a broad and significant interdisciplinary research program involving the psychological, biological, and social sciences. Following several workshops over the past year aimed at building these interdisciplinary ties, the group aim to explore particularly how the internet provides a platform where the costs of verbal punishment are much less than in face-to-face communications, but the rewards might be substantial. Recent Participants Molly Crockett (Yale University), Michael Gazzaniga (University of California, Santa Barbara), Michael Lynch (University of Connecticut), Liz Phelps (New York University), Steve Sloman (Brown University), Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Duke University), and René Weber (University of California, Santa Barbara).  The following people have also contributed to the working group's mission: Jordan Carpenter (Duke University), Leda Cosmides (University of California, Santa Barbara), Cynthia Farrar (Purple States, LLC), Daniel Henninger (The Wall Street Journal), Shanto Iyengar (Stanford University), David Krakauer (Santa Fe Institute), Ryan Oprea (University of California, Santa Barbara), Nathaniel Persily (Stanford University) and John Tooby (University of California, Santa Barbara).   .

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  • 98.Scholarly Borderlands

    Shaping the craft of social science by facilitating collaboration and innovation across disciplines.

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  • 99.Sexual Violence and Exploitation: Assessment, Monitoring and Reporting

    On behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the SSRC organized and hosted a Technical Consultation on Sexual Violence and Exploitation in Conflict Situations on December 15-16, 2005. The Consultation convened a wide range of experts, including scholars and practitioners across the fields of public health, human rights, demography, epidemiology, political science, statistics, and conflict resolution. The goal was to assess the potential and propose first steps for designing and piloting a standardized system for the assessment, monitoring, and reporting of sexual violence and exploitation in conflict situations. .

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  • 100.Sloan Scholars Mentoring Network

    Supporting diversity in STEM through professional development, mentoring, networking, & leadership training.

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