Social Science

In this public lecture, Thomas Piketty, Professor at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris (EHESS) and the École d’économie de Paris/Paris School of Economics, presents new findings and reflections on global inequality dynamics as...

In 2007, when Ségolène Royal announced her candidacy to the Socialist primary for the presidential election, Laurent Fabius, former prime minister under President François Mitterrand, ironically commented: “But who will take care of the kids?” an...

At a ceremony and discussion hosted by the Institute on April 19, the Social Science Research Council presented the 2016 Albert O. Hirschman Prize, the organization's highest honor, to Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and...

When two vaccines appeared on international markets in 2006–07 to protect adults from selected infections that can lead to cervical and related cancers, they were seen as tools of cancer prevention and soon taken up by many countries (Bruni et al...

The difference a year at the Institute can make. In 2012–13, Lucas Bessire and Laurence Ralph met while Members in the School of Social Science. Working closely with...

Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science, has authored Prison Worlds: An Ethnography of the Carceral Condition (Polity...

Kristen Ghodsee, Member (2006–07) in the School of Social Science and President of the Association of Members of the Institute for Advanced Study, investigates the contemporary European memory projects about World War II and the Cold War. Since...

This is a book about a phenomenon I call The Lament That Shame Is DeadThe Lament is a nostalgic story of an imagined past that represents a longing for a mythical place and time when shame secured and regulated social life. It...

Although the maqāma is less familiar to Western readers than the fantastic tales of the Arabian Nights, which achieved their prominence as a result of Antoine Galland’s eighteenth-century French translation, the maqāma...

This book was written when I spent a year at the Institute for Advanced Study. It is hard to imagine an environment that is more stimulating or more congenial to writing. Many colleagues at the Institute helped shape my thinking, but six...

The official French preoccupation with the veil exceeds that of most other countries in Western Europe. In the Anglo-American world, even post-9/11, the veil is not seen as the flag of an insurrection; nor is the suppression of ethnic, racial,...

When leading church elders posted the wedding banns on the church doors in Cornwall, Connecticut, in the summer of 1825, all hell broke loose. The banns proclaimed that Harriett Gold, a nineteen-year-old white woman, was to marry Elias Boudinot,...