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.



MAY 18 — Stephanie McCurry (History) was interviewed about her book by The Times Literary Supplement.

MAY 22 — Rashid Khalidi (History) wrote an op-ed about Trump's 'Arab NATO' in The Guardian.

MAY 30 — Saskia Sassen (Sociology) wrote about Manchester for The Conversation.



Van Tran (Sociology) was awarded the 2017 Graduate Student Advisory Council Faculty Mentoring Award.

Shamus Khan (Sociology) won the 2017 Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching by Faculty.

Alice Kessler-Harris (History) launched the second half of her MOOC, Women Have Always Worked: The U.S. Experience 1700 – 1920.



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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