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.



APRIL 30 — Victoria de Grazia (History) wrote an op-ed about Donald Trump's first 100 days in office in The Guardian.

APRIL 28 — Adam Tooze (History) reviewed Perry Anderson's H-Word: The Peripeteia of Hegemony in the Financial Times.

APRIL 27 — Deborah Paredez's (CSER) poem, "Self-Portrait in Stone and Flesh," was published in the Boston Review.



Mae Ngai (History) was awarded a fellowship from the Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton for Spring 2018.

Elizabeth Povinelli (Anthropology) was awarded the 42nd annual Lionel Trilling Book Award, for her book Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism (Duke UP, 2016).

Caterina Luigia Pizzigoni (History) was awarded the 56th annual Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching, for her unparalleled dedication to teaching and to her students.



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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