Social Science

How might a politics centered on spectacular black death marginalize the concerns of black women? Member Shatema Threadcraft, Ralph E. and Doris M. Hansmann Member in the School of Social Science, explored this question during ...

On April 26, 2018, the Institute community gathered to celebrate Ideas 2017–18 with talks by IAS Members––deep ideas explained in under 20 minutes with no slides or chalk––followed by audience discussions moderated by Faculty. The program...

In this video, George Steinmetz, Visiting Professor in the School of Social Science, considers the ways that writing the history of the social sciences helps us understand the conditions in which knowledge...

Two pairs of earrings, four bracelets, and a mixtape inspired me to write this book. I was in the Stadtmuseum in the German city of Jena, peering into the various display cases of an exhibit called Freundschaft! Mythos und Realität im Alltag...

Yale University Press has published A Foreign Policy for the Left, by Michael Walzer, Professor in the School of Social Science. The book, adapted from essays published in Dissent, a political...

As controversy swirls in the wake of the revelations about the abuses of women by powerful men in the arts, politics, media, academia, restaurants, and elsewhere come to light, it is important to remember that we are dealing not with exceptional...

From the Chinese Revolution of 1911 to the May 19 Movement of 1957, from the Xidan Democracy Wall of 1978 to the Democracy Movement in 1989, Chinese people have never ceased in their struggle for democracy. When the Tiananmen Massacre shocked the...

Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science, has edited Writing the World of Policing: The Difference Ethnography Makes (University of Chicago Press, 2017), which brings...

Presented by its promoters two and a half centuries ago as a moral progress in the administration of punishment, prison has become over the past decades one of the most vexing and unsettling issues in Western societies for both the spectacular...

Editions Amsterdam has published La Politique du Voile (2017), a new translation of Professor Emerita Joan Wallach Scott's book The ...

Joan Wallach Scott, Professor Emerita in the School of Social Science, has co-authored Les Défis de la République: Genre, Territoires, Citoyenneté (Presses De Sciences Po, 2017), which examines the...

Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science, has authored Das Leben: Eine kritische Gebrauchsanweisung (Suhrkamp Verlag, 2017), which presents a dialogue on the relationship between philosophy and social...