Social science faculty in the media, including articles, interviews, and recent awards.
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The American Museum of Natural History and Columbia’s Museum Anthropology graduate program have collaborated for the first time on an exhibit case researched and designed by the students.►
Social Scientists in the News
Sociologist Herbert Gans wrote an op-ed about the challenges of analyzing "majority/minority" status in U.S. census data in The New York Times. ►
Political scientist Turkuler Isiksel was interviwed about democracy, anxiety, and political safeguards by The New York Times. ►
Political scientist Robert Jervis wrote about the psychology behind the firing of James Comey in The Conversation. ►
Political scientist Gerald Curtis wrote about Japan's Democratic Party in East Asia Forum. ►
Dean Alondra Nelson was interviewed about the Black Panthers and community health care centers on WNYC. ►
Frances Negrón-Muntaner (CSER) was profiled and interviewed by about her work. ►
Economist Navin Kartik published a co-authored piece on the LSE Government blog, based on a forthcoming paper, "Electoral Ambiguity and Political Representation," accepted by the American Journal of Political Science. ►
Mabel Wilson (IRAAS) was interviewed about her work and her career on the Being Human podcast. ►
Historian Rashid Khalidi was interviewed about America's role in undermining peace in the Middle East on the Tel Aviv Review podcast. He also wrote an op-ed about Trump's 'Arab NATO' in The Guardian. ►
Carl Hart (IRAAS) was interviewed about Jeff Sessions's reversal of Obama-era policies on low-level drug crimes on Democracy Now! ►
Stephanie McCurry was recently the subject of a Times Literary Supplement podcast about her review "Plunder of Black Life." ►
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Recent Awards and Announcements
Historian Pamela H. Smith's Making and Knowing Project collaborated with the Frick Collection on making a medal using the sand casting process.
Economist Harrison Hong was awarded the 2017 Norwegian Finance Initiative (NFI) Research Programme grant to convene conferences with economist José Scheinkman on “Climate Change Risks and Capital Market Efficiency."
Columbia and the Center for Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society launched the second part of historian Alice Kessler-Harris's MOOC, Women Have Always Worked: The U.S. Experience 1700 – 1920.
Sociologist Shamus Khan won the 2017 Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching by Faculty.
Sociologist Van Tran was awarded the 2017 Graduate Student Advisory Council Faculty Mentoring Award which honors excellence in the mentoring of PhD students.
Political scientist John Marshall received a grant from the Spencer Foundation for his project on "Learning Accountability: Can Formal Education Help Hold Politicians to Account."
Historian David Rosner was named Mentor of the Year by the Mailman School of Public Health for his work with junior faculty.
Political scientist Ester Fuchs was awarded the 2017 Bella Award from the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute.
Sociologist Carla Shedd was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Award from Columbia's Black Alumni Council.
The Harriman Institute launched their inaugural episode of Expert Opinions, a new podcast. The first episode discussed public protests in Russia and the evolving state of U.S.-Russia relations.
Anthropologist Zoe Crossland and her collaborators received the 2017 Collaboratory Fellows Fund for their proposal on "Interpreting Urban Environmental Data – New York City’s Changing Landscapes."
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.
Political scientist and department chair Timothy Frye published a new book, Property Rights and Property Wrongs: How Power, Institutions, and Norms Shape Economic Conflict in Russia (Cambridge UP, 2017).
Anthropologist Claudio Lomnitz published a new book of essays on Mexico during the era of neoliberalism and globalism titled, La nación desdibujada: México en trece ensayos (Malpaso, 2017).
Anthropologist Naor Ben-Yehoyada published a new book, The Mediterranean Incarnate: Region Formation between Sicily and Tunisia since World War II (University of Chicago Press, 2017).
Josef Sorett (CARSS) published a new book titled, Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics (Oxford UP, 2016).
Political scientist Tonya Putnam published a new book titled Courts without Borders: Law, Politics, and U.S. Extraterritoriality (Cambridge UP, 2016).
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.
Sociologist Herbert J. Gans wrote an article titled, "The National Economy and Mainstream Economics: A Sociologist's Take," in Challenge 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.
Historian Manan Ahmed published a new book titled, A Book of Conquest: The Chachnama and Muslim Origins in South Asia.
Historian William Harris published a new book titled, Roman Power: a Thousand Years of Empire (Cambridge UP, 2016).
Anthropologist Elizabeth Povinelli published a new book titled Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism (Duke UP, 2016).
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).
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.
South Asia Institute director Akeel Bilgrami published a new book titled Beyond the Secular West (Columbia UP, 2016).
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.
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).
Historian Marc Van De Mieroop published a new book titled Philosophy before the Greeks: The Pursuit of Truth in Ancient Babylonian (Princeton, 2015).
Historian Richard W. Bulliet published a new book titlted The Wheel: Inventions and Reinventions (Columbia UP, 2016).
Sociologist Alondra Nelson published a new book titled The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome (Beacon, 2016).
Political scientist Jean Cohen published a new book titled Religion, Secularism, and Constitutional Democracy (Columbia UP, 2016).
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.
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.
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.
The fifth issue of Harriman Magazine is out now featuring an interview with its new director Alexander Cooley.
Historian Natasha Lightfoot published a new book titled Troubling Freedom: Antigua and the Aftermath of British Emancipation (Duke UP, 2015).
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."
Anthropologist Michael Taussig published a new book titled The Corn Wolf (Cornell UP, 2015).
Political scientist Bernard Harcourt published a new book, Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age (Harvard UP, 2015).
Historian Rebecca Kobrin published a new book titled Purchasing Power: The Economics of Modern Jewish History (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015).
Historian Tarik Amar published a new book titled The Paradox of Ukrainian Lviv: A Borderland City between Stalinists, Nazis, and Nationalists (Cornell UP, 2015).
Sociologist Carla Shedd published a new book titled, Unequal City: Race, Schools, and Perceptions of Injustice.
George Rupp (IRCPL) published a new book Beyond Individualism: The Challenge of Inclusive Communities (Columbia UP, 2015).
Sociologist Herbert Gans wrote "America's Two Urban Sociologies" in City & Community 14.3 (September 2015).
Political scientist Allison Carnegie published a new book titled, Power Plays: How International Institutions Reshape Coercive Diplomacy (Cambridge UP, 2015).
Historian Susan Pedersen published a new book titled, The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire (Oxford UP, 2015).
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).
Historian Sam Haselby published a new book titled, The Origins of American Religious Nationalism (Oxford UP, 2015).
Farah Jasmine Griffin (IRAAS) co-edited a new book titled, Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women (UNC Press, 2015).
Historian Eric Foner published a new book titled, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad (Norton, 2015).
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).
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).