Social Science

“While we might assume that our immune systems should defend us against pathogenic microbes, our communal systems actually do much of the heavy lifting to keep us healthy or to help us heal.” Ed Cohen , a recent Member in the School of Social...
The Albert O. Hirschman Prize
James C. Scott , Member (1986–87) in the School of Social Science, has been awarded the 2020 Albert O. Hirshman Prize. Conferred by the Social Science Research Council, an independent international nonprofit institution headed by Harold F. Linder Professor Alondra Nelson , the...
Helmut Hofer, Alondra Nelson, James Stone
Helmut Hofer , Hermann Weyl Professor in the School of Mathematics, Alondra Nelson , Harold F. Linder Professor in the School of Social Science, and James Stone , Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, have been elected to the American Academy...
“The Chinese biotechnology sector has outpaced companies in the United States to develop effective tests for COVID-19. Regulators in Europe have moved quickly to approve and import clinical tests from China. It is time for the Trump administration to follow suit.” Contributing on NJ.com ,...
Fleur Johns
“Images circulating in the news media and online of the Hubei doctors show them staring into the camera, masked and inscrutable. How, one wonders, did they think about the actions that they had just taken—actions that resulted in their deaths? How might we understand those...
Didier Fassin
Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science, has been awarded the title of Doctor honoris causa by the University of Liège. Nominated by the university's faculty in Social Sciences, Fassin is cited for “the contribution of his work to the...
Alondra Nelson
Alondra Nelson , Harold F. Linder Professor in the School of Social Science, will give a plenary lecture during the 2020 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. [Updated Feb. 18, 2020] Watch “The Social Life of DNA and the...
Alondra Nelson
Alondra Nelson , Harold F. Linder Professor in the School of Social Science, has been selected to serve on the National Academy of Medicine’s newly established Committee on Emerging Science, Technology, and Innovation in health and medicine. The committee will assess the landscape of...
Portrait of Alondra Nelson
Alondra Nelson , Harold F. Linder Professor in the School of Social Science, has been elected to the board of trustees of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. “It is a deep honor to join the Mellon Board of Trustees,” Nelson said of the appointment...
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced a $750,000 matching grant for the Institute for Advanced Study’s Historical Studies – Social Science Library that will be dedicated to infrastructure improvements of the library, which represents the heart of humanities studies at...
Didier Fassin
On January 16, 2020, Didier Fassin , James D. Wolfensohn Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, will give the inaugural lecture of his appointment as Annual Chair of Public Health at the Collège de France for 2019–20. The lecture, titled “The Inequality of...
Illustration
Nature has asked seven leading thinkers, including Freeman J. Dyson , Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, and Alondra Nelson , Harold F. Linder Professor in the School of Social Science, to select one book from history that speaks to...