Social Science

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...

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...

Joan Wallach Scott, Professor Emerita in the School of Social Science, has authored Sex and Secularism (Princeton University Press, 2017), which draws on a wealth of scholarship by second-wave feminists and historians of religion, race,...

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...