Columbia University

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Division of Social Science

Comprising the departments of Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, and Sociology, and nearly thirty research institutes and centers, the Division of Social Science is steeped in a tradition of intellectual distinction and is today renowned for innovative social inquiry. Faculty study diverse, complex questions about human experience and the world, and engage in teaching and research that explores important issues of the past and present in local and global contexts.



Columbia University has a rich tradition of path-breaking social inquiry.

The Social Science Initiative will ensure the future of this legacy by bolstering divisional strengths in analytic and interpretive research and teaching, addressing grand challenges, and advancing new areas of scholarly distinction.



MARCH 1 — Richard Betts (Political Science) was interviewed by Columbia News about foreign policy under Trump presidency.

FEBRUARY 24 — Carlo Prato (Political Science) wrote about his research on the consequences of Citizens United in The Washington Post.

FEBRUARY 20 — Pablo Piccato (History) reviewed three books about the wave of violence that has engulfed Mexico and Central America for Public Books.



The Center for Justice announces the June Jordan Fellowship, named in honor of the renowned Harlem-born poet and activist and funded by the William R. Kenan Charitable Trust. Fellowships will be awarded to artists who are committed to public engagement

Mae Ngai (History) was appointed Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of North America at the Library of Congress for Fall 2017.





Alondra Nelson
Dean of Social Science

Alondra Nelson is a professor of sociology and gender studies and was formerly director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty in 2009, she was on the faculty of Yale University and received its Poorvu Award for teaching excellence.

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