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2016-17 Columbia Social Science News

Social science faculty in the media, including articles, interviews, and recent awards.
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Professor Mabel Wilson Shines Light on New National African American Museum

To write the book about the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, Mabel O. Wilson pored over architecture drawings and environmental impact reports, and interviewed dozens of people involved in the project, including architects, a structural engineer, and John Lewis, the civil rights leader and Georgia Congressman who helped win government support for its construction.


Faculty Highlights

Susan Pedersen wins Cundill Prize in Historical Literature
Does Terrorism Work?: An Interview with Political Scientist Page Fortna
On the Papal receipt of The Poor and the Perfect: Five Questions with Neslihan Şenocak
David Stark Research on Benefits of Diversity in Quartz
Political Scientists Briefed Foreign Medeia at NY Foreign Press Center
Toward a More Perfect University: An Interview with University Professor and sociologist Jonathan R. Cole
ADD Health: Sociologist Peter Bearman on his Landmark Adolescent Health Study
Interview with new ISERP co-directors Thomas DiPrete and Matthew Connelly
New York – Cambridge Training Collaboration (NYCTC): Historian Susan G. Pedersen on Newly Founded British History Collaboration that Spans Both Sides of the Pond

Social Scientists in the News

Eric Foner on national monument to Reconstruction in NYT

Eric Foner (History) wrote an op-ed about why we need a national monument to Reconstruction in The New York Times. He also wrote about American radicals and the Obama era in The Nation.

Elizabeth Povinelli's new book Geontologies excerpted in e-flux

The first chapter of Elizabeth Povinelli's (Anthropology) new book, Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism (Duke UP, 2016) was excerpted in e-flux

Timothy Frye interviewed on NY1's Inside City Hall and MSNBC about Russia

Timothy Frye (Political Science) was interviewed about Trump Administration’s relationship with top Russian officials on NY1's Inside City Hall and about Russian interference in the election on MSNBC's The Pulse

Alondra Nelson interviewed by an schläge

Dean Alondra Nelson (Sociology) was interviewed about her research by the Austrian magazine an.schläge for its special issue on gender and class in science and medicine

Jagdish Bhagwati wrote an article in The Times of India and interviewed on NDTV

Jagdish Bhagwati (Economics) published an article about black money and demonetization in The Times of India and was interviewed on NDTV.


Katherine Franke on white supremacy in LARB and Democracy Now!

Katherine Franke (Center for Palestine Studies) wrote a rebuttal to Mark Lilla's and Trump's normalization of white supremacy in the Los Angeles Review of Books and was interviewed in Democracy Now!

Herbert Gans interviewed about Trump by ORF and The New York Times

Herbert Gans (Sociology) was interviewed by ORF, the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, about the presidential election and the media; and was also interviewed about Trump’s "urban renewal" plan for cities by The New York Times.

Premilla Nadasen interviewed in Barnard Magazine

Premilla Nadasen (History) was profiled in Barnard Magazine.

Carol Gluck discussed Pearl Harbor's 75th Anniversary

Carol Gluck (History) discussed the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor and the memory politics surrounding Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's planned Pearl Harbor visit.


Mark Mazower wrote about Friedländer memoir in the Financial Times

Mark Mazower (History) wrote about Pavel Friedländer's new memoir in the Financial Times.

Andrew Gelman on 19 lessons from the Election for Slate

Andrew Gelman (Political Science) wrote a list of 19 lessons from the 2016 election for Slate

Charles Armstrong interviewed on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show

Charles Armstrong (History) was interviewed on the Brian Lehrer Show about the recent corruption scandal surrounding Park Guen-hye. He also wrote about how the Trump administration can defuse the Korean nuclear crisis in the South China Morning Post.


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Awards and Announcements

Kellie Jones Awarded Macarthur Foundation 'Genius' Grant

Art historian Kellie Jones (IRAAS) was awarded a 'genius' grant from the MacArthur Foundation for her curatorial work championing overlooked black artists in major museum exhibits around the U.S.


Pamela Smith Awarded NEH and hybrid Learning Course Redesign Grants

Historian Pamela Smith was awarded an NEH grant for "Craft Techniques and Knowledge Systems in a 16th-Century Artist’s Manuscript" and a Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery grant. Her Making and Knowing Lab was also profiled in The New Yorker.

Charles K. Armstrong to Direct Project Awarded Korean Studies Grant

The Center for Korean Research was awarded a five-year Academy of Korean Studies grant of $896,442 (1 billion Korean won) for "Korea at the Nexus of East Asian and World History" to be co-directed by historian Charles K. Armstrong.

Samuel Roberts to Edit Columbia up Series in Race, Inequality, and Health

Columbia University Press launched a new series in Race, Inequality and Health co-edited by historian Samuel Roberts.


Elizabeth Povinelli Films to be Featured at 2016 Doc's Kingdom

Anthropologist Elizabeth Povinelliand the Karrabing Film Collective will be featured at the prestigious 2016 Doc's Kingdom Documentary seminar

Natasha Lightfoot Presented at UN Remember Slavery Programme

Historian Natasha Lightfoot gave a presentation on "Resistance to and the Impact of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery," as part of the UN's Remember Slavery Programme.

Jennifer La'o Awareded Prestigious NSF Career Award

Economist Jennifer La'O was awarded a five-year National Science Foundation CAREER Award for her project on "Interdealer Networks and the Distribution of Credit Risk."


Rebecca Kobrin Awarded Katz Center Ella Darivoff Fellowship

Historian Rebecca Kobrin received the Ella Darivoff Fellowship from the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Alice Kessler-Harris Awarded AHA Award for Scholarly Distinction

Historian Alice Kessler-Harrisreceived the American Historical Association's Award for Scholarly Distinction granted to senior historians for lifetime achievement.

Premilla Nadasen Received Book Awards for Household Workers Unite

Historian and Social Science Division Op-Ed Project Fellow Premilla Nadasen's book Household Workers Unite was awarded the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Prize from the Association of Black Women Historians and the NWSA Sara Whaley Prize


Réka Juhász Awarded Gerschenkron Prize

Economist Réka Juhász received the Alexander Gerschenknron Prize for the Best Dissertation from the Economic History Association.

Harriman Institute awarded $1 Million Carnegie Grant

The Harriman Institute is one of three institutions to have been awarded a $1 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation to "strengthen the study of Russia."

Eric Foner gave UCONN Fusco Distinguished Lecture

Historian Eric Foner gave the 17th annual Fusco Distinguished Lecture at the University of Connecticut.


Mary Marshall Clark awarded Provost's Hybrid Grant

Senior Research Scientist Mary Marshall Clark (INCITE) was awarded a Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery grant for her project on "Transforming Oral History Through Teaching Visual Literacy."

IAS Awarded Grant to Launch African Humanities Project

The Institute of African Studies was awarded the Partnership University Fund grant for “The African Humanities Project: A Collaborative Education and Research Program” between Columbia University and Sciences Po.

Turkuler Isiksel Appointed to an Endowed Chair

Political scientist Turkuler Isiksel has been appointed to the James P. Shenton Assistant Professor of the Core Curriculum. She was also interviewed by Columbia News about the unrest in Turkey.

Carla Shedd Awarded Book Prizes for Unequal City

Sociologist Carla Shedd received the 2015 C. Wright Mills Award for her book, Unequal City. She was also named co-winner of the ASA Section on Race, Gender, and Class Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award.

Stephanie McCurry Appointed to an Endowed Chair

Historian Stephanie McCurry was appointed R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History in Honor of Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Paul Lagunes Awarded IDB Visiting Research Scholarship

Political scientist Paul Lagunesreceived a Visiting Research Scholarship at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Myron L. Cohen Received Anthropology Lifetime Achievement Award

Anthropologist was awarded the 2016 Chinese Anthropology Lifetime Achievement Award from the Shanghai Society of Anthropology. He also received the First Class Professional Medal in Hakka Affairs at the opening ceremony of the Fourth Taiwan International Conference on Hakka Studies.

Charly Coleman Awarded Wylie Prize in French Cultural Studies

Historian Charly Coleman's book, The Virtues of Abandon, was awarded the 2016 Laurence Wylie Prize in French Cultural Studies.

New Publications

New Publication From Josef Sorett

Josef Sorett (CARSS) published a new book titled, Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics (Oxford UP, 2016).


Tonya Putnam Published a New Book

Political scientist Tonya Putnampublished a new book titled Courts without Borders: Law, Politics, and U.S. Extraterritoriality (Cambridge UP, 2016).

Alondra Nelson in the American Journal of Public Health

Dean Alondra Nelson contributed to and co-edited (with Alfredo Morabia) a special issue of the American Journal of Public Health on the health legacy of the Black Panther Party. The October 2016 issue marks the 50th anniversary of the organization's founding. She was also interviewed on PBS Newshour and in  Newsweek.

Herbert Gans Wrote Articles in Challenge and Items: Insights from Social Science

Sociologist Herbert J. Gans wrote an article titled, "The National Economy and Mainstream Economics: A Sociologist's Take," inChallenge 59.4 (July 2016) and "For an Empirical Sociology of the Future," in Items: Insights from the Social Science, a publication of the Social Science Research Council.


New Publication from Manan Ahmed

Historian Manan Ahmed published a new book titled, A Book of Conquest: The Chachnama and Muslim Origins in South Asia

New Publication from William Harris

Historian William Harris published a new book titled, Roman Power: a Thousand Years of Empire (Cambridge UP, 2016).

Elizabeth Povinelli published a new book

Anthropologist Elizabeth Povinellipublished a new book titled Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism (Duke UP, 2016).

Yinon Cohen wrote about Rising Wage Inequality in Socio-Economic Review

Sociologist Yinon Cohen wrote an article titled "The Causes of Rising Wage Inequality: The Race between Institutions and Technology," in Socio-Economic Review 14.1 (2016).

Joan Robinson and Gregory Eirich Article in Journal of Family Issues

Doctoral candidate in Sociology Joan Robinson and Gregory M. Eirich (ISERP) wrote an article titled "Does Earning More Than Your Spouse Increase Your Financial Satisfaction? A Comparison of Men and Women in the United States, 1982 to 2012" in Journal of Family Issues.

New Publication from South Asia Institute Director Akeel Bilgrami

South Asia Institute director Akeel Bilgrami published a new book titled Beyond the Secular West (Columbia UP, 2016).

Frances Negrón-Muntaner published New Report On Latinos And Media

Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race director Frances Negrón-Muntaner published a new report, "The Latino Disconnect: The Impact of Media Mergers on Latino Consumers and Representation." The report was also featured on Media Matters.



New Book On Banking From Irene Finel-Honigman And Fernando B. Sotelino

Irene Finel-Honigman (European Institute) and Fernando B. Sotelino (Institute of Latin American Studies) published a new book titled International Banking for a New Century (Routledge, 2016).



Marc Van de Mieroop Published new Book on philosophy before Greeks

Historian Marc Van De Mieroop published a new book titled Philosophy before the Greeks: The Pursuit of Truth in Ancient Babylonian (Princeton, 2015).


Richard W. Bulliet Published new Book on the Wheel

Historian Richard W. Bulliet published a new book titlted The Wheel: Inventions and Reinventions (Columbia UP, 2016).



New Publication from Alondra Nelson

Sociologist Alondra Nelson published a new book titled The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome (Beacon, 2016).




New Publication from Jean Cohen

Political scientist Jean Cohen published a new book titled Religion, Secularism, and Constitutional Democracy (Columbia UP, 2016).

New Publication from Catherine Fennell

Anthropologist Catherine Fennell published a new book, Last Project Standing: Civics and Sympathy in Post-Welfare Chicago which looks at the transformation of the American welfare state and its effects on the politics of race and urban development in Chicago.

IRAAS Published First Edition of Newsletter

The Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) published the first issue of their newsletter, a digital source for news, interviews, and updates regarding the IRAAS community.


New Book from IRCPL Religion, Culture, and Public Life Series out now

The Institute for Religion, Culture, & Public Life and series editor sociologist Karen Barkey published the latest book in their Religion, Culture, and Public Life series titled Love and Forgiveness for a More Just World.

New Issue of Harriman Magazine out now

The fifth issue of Harriman Magazine is out now featuring an interview with its new director Alexander Cooley.

Natasha Lightfoot Published New Book on Impacts of Abolition in Antigua

Historian Natasha Lightfoot published a new book titled Troubling Freedom: Antigua and the Aftermath of British Emancipation (Duke UP, 2015).


Center for Justice and Sam Roberts Published Aging in Prison Report

The Center for Justice and historian and IRAAS director Sam Roberts published a report on aging and mass incarceration titled "Aging in Prison: Reducing Elder Incarceration and Promoting Public Safety."

New Publication from Michael Taussig

Anthropologist Michael Taussig published a new book titled The Corn Wolf (Cornell UP, 2015).

New Publication from Bernard E. Harcourt

Political scientist Bernard Harcourt published a new book, Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age (Harvard UP, 2015).


New Publication from Rebecca Kobrin

Historian Rebecca Kobrin published a new book titled Purchasing Power: The Economics of Modern Jewish History (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015).

New Publication from Tarik Amar

Historian Tarik Amar published a new book titled The Paradox of Ukrainian Lviv: A Borderland City between Stalinists, Nazis, and Nationalists (Cornell UP, 2015).

Carla Shedd Published a New Book on Race, Schools, and Injustice

Sociologist Carla Shedd published a new book titled, Unequal City: Race, Schools, and Perceptions of Injustice.


New Publication from Columbia President Emeritus George Rupp

George Rupp (IRCPL) published a new book Beyond Individualism: The Challenge of Inclusive Communities (Columbia UP, 2015).

Herbert Gans Article on America's Urban Sociologies in City & Community

Sociologist Herbert Gans wrote "America's Two Urban Sociologies" in City & Community 14.3 (September 2015).

New Publication from Political Scientist Allison Carnegie

Political scientist Allison Carnegie published a new book titled, Power Plays: How International Institutions Reshape Coercive Diplomacy (Cambridge UP, 2015).


New Publication from Historian Susan Pedersen

Historian Susan Pedersen published a new book titled, The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire (Oxford UP, 2015).

New Publication from Anthropologist Rosalind Morris

Anthropologist Rosalind Morris published a new book titled, Accounts and Drawings from Underground: The East Rand Proprietary Mines Cash Book, 1906 (University of Chicago Press, 2015).

New Publication from Historian Sam Haselby

Historian Sam Haselby published a new book titled, The Origins of American Religious Nationalism (Oxford UP, 2015).


New Publication from Farah Jasmine Griffin

Farah Jasmine Griffin (IRAAS) co-edited a new book titled, Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women (UNC Press, 2015).

New Publication from Historian Eric Foner

Historian Eric Foner published a new book titled, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad (Norton, 2015).

New Publication from Joseph E. Stiglitz

Economist Joseph E. Stigliz published a new book titled, Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy: An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity (Norton, 2015).


New Publication from Joseph E. Stiglitz

Economist Joseph E. Stigliz published a new book titled, Creating a Learning Society: A New Approach to Growth, Development, and Social Progress (Columbia UP, 2015).