• 76.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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  • 77.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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  • 78.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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  • 79.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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  • 80.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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  • 81.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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  • 82.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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  • 83.Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa

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

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  • 84.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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  • 85.Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project

    Contributing to conflict resolution in Northeast Asia.

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  • 86.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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  • 87.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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  • 88.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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  • 89.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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  • 90.Race and Capitalism

    The Scholarly Borderlands Initiative has entered into a partnership with Race and Capitalism, a multi-institution collaboration initiated by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture (CSRPC) at the University of Chicago. Led by Michael Dawson (University of Chicago) and Megan Ming Francis (University of Washington), the group brings together scholars of American economic development and race relations who focus on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. With SSRC’s support, the group aims to further develop this project to: Make rich empirical connections to the hallmark theoretical analyses of the project Broaden existing networks to build capacity in new scholars who wish to take up the issues, reaching out to colleges and universities beyond elite, research-focused institutions Secure its longevity by building connections to pedagogy Expand its impact by sharing research with broader publics through a set of events and publications The first Items series, entitled “Reading Racial Conflict,” is available online. The series was curated by Dawson and 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 lens for understanding current economic, political, and racial injustices. Further information about the project can be found at the Race and Capitalism website.

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  • 91.Religion and the Public Sphere

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

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  • 92.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. This working group links researchers in cognitive neuroscience; behavioral economics; social, evolutionary, cognitive, and moral psychology; sociology; communication sciences; anthropology; evolutionary sciences; political science; and philosophy. The group’s leaders—Michael Gazzaniga, a University of California, Santa Barbara, neuropsychologist, and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, a philosopher at Duke—have been designing a series of workshops during this and next academic year. They then seek to move toward a larger coordinated research effort to be conducted, should the quest for research funds succeed, focused on key interlocking areas of inquiry. .

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  • 93.Scholarly Borderlands

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

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  • 94.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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  • 95.Sloan Scholars Mentoring Network

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

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  • 96.Strategic Learning and Evaluation

    The Council has a long history of applying qualitative and quantitative social science methods to examine the conditions under which interventions by foundations, governments, and multilateral organizations are and are not successful. One such collaboration, between the Council and the Atlantic Philanthropies, is an ongoing 10-year longitudinal study of the impact of Atlantic’s work in the rural health care sector of Vietnam. Growing out of this work with Atlantic on Vietnam, and drawing on its own network of fellowships around the globe, the Council has been named a strategic learning and evaluation partner for the Atlantic Fellows, a newly established network of fellowships funded by Atlantic Philanthropies. The Atlantic Fellows comprise six large fellowship programs and the Atlantic Institute, a service and community development organization. Each fellowship is aimed at empowering a new generation of leaders and change-makers to advance fairer, healthier, more inclusive, and more equitable societies around the world. Fellows are typically early- to mid-career professionals from a range of backgrounds, disciplines, and life experiences. Through the global, interconnected set of fellowship programs, fellows collaborate across disciplines and borders to understand and address the root causes of pressing global problems. These include socioeconomic and racial inequality; barriers to full participation in democracy; and the social determinants of health and access to quality care. Each of the programs is distinct and grounded in its local context. This fellowship network is designed to secure the legacy of the Atlantic Philanthropies—which made its last grant commitments in 2016 and will close its doors by 2020—in the issue areas and geographies that were its traditional spheres of work. The Atlantic Philanthropies understands that a system of strategic learning and evaluation designed to guide and support the institutions selected for its “big bet” fellowships is essential to ensure that its investments contribute to a learning legacy and make substantial and sustainable impacts. To that end, the Atlantic Fellows programs are initially in a three-year incubation period, during which outside strategic learning and evaluation partners work closely with the fellowship host programs. Once the incubation period is over, the Atlantic Philanthropies will decide whether or not to continue funding the fellowships on a case-by-case basis. The SSRC is serving as the primary learning and evaluation partner for the incubation periods of four of the six programs, providing each fellowship with developmental support, ongoing formative evaluations aimed at improving the structure and organization of the fellowship host institution, and a long-term strategic learning and assessment plan. The Council will also provide a summative evaluation to Atlantic at the end of the incubation period that will be considered as one of the inputs in the final decision regarding future funding. The four programs with which the SSRC is partnering are the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity, the Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health, the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in Southeast Asia, and the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity. In addition to these four programs for which the SSRC is taking on the role of lead evaluator, the SSRC is coordinating learning and evaluation processes and partners across all six fellowship programs.

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  • 97.Tale of Two Recoveries

    Impact of the US Housing Crisis on the Racial Wealth Gap Across Generations.

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  • 98.The China-Africa Knowledge Project

    Strengthening cross-regional research networks and collaboration.

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  • 99.The China-Africa Knowledge Project Resource Hub

    The China-Africa Knowledge Project Resource Hub is a one-stop shop for researchers and practitioners working on the China-Africa relationship. As the primary platform for the work of the Social Science Research Council’s China-Africa Knowledge Project, this site actively builds generative connections between scholars across disciplines and regions while organizing a growing and fragmented body of knowledge and connecting it to important trends in the social sciences relevant for understanding Africa’s new international relations.  As host to the Chinese in Africa / Africans in China Research Network, it widens the reach of existing cross-regional communities of knowledge. For more information and updates about the China-Africa Knowledge Project, visit china-africa.ssrc.org.

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  • 100.The China-Africa Working Group

    Strengthening cross-regional research networks and collaboration.

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