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2017-18 Columbia Social Science News

Social science faculty in the media, including articles, interviews, and recent awards.
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Edmund Phelps and President Barack Obama were featured speakers at the Green Economy Summit

Economist Edmund Phelps, Director of the Center on Capitalism and Society, joined President Barack Obama as a featured speaker at the Second Green Economy Summit in Córdoba, Argentina.


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 Media 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

Herbert Gans wrote about census data in The New York Times

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.

Turkuler Isiksel on democracy and anxiety in The New York Times

Political scientist Turkuler Isiksel was interviwed about democracy, anxiety, and political safeguards by The New York Times.

Robert Jervis wrote about James Comey in the Conversation

Political scientist Robert Jervis wrote about the psychology behind the firing of James Comey in The Conversation.

Gerald Curtis wrote about Japan’s Democratic Party in East Asia Forum

Political scientist Gerald Curtis wrote about Japan's Democratic Party in East Asia Forum.

Alondra Nelson interviewed on WNYC about Panthers and healthcare

Dean Alondra Nelson was interviewed about the Black Panthers and community health care centers on WNYC.


Robert Paxton wrote about Trump in Harper's Magazine

Historian Robert Paxton wrote about Trump in Harper's Magazine and was interviewed about it on the Green Book podcast.

Frances Negró-Muntaner interviewed about work by Univision

Frances Negrón-Muntaner (CSER) was profiled and interviewed by about her work.

Navin Kartik wrote about vagueness in election campaigns on LSE blog

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 interviewed about life and career on Being Human podcast

Mabel Wilson (IRAAS) was interviewed about her work and her career on the Being Human podcast.


Rashid Khalidi on U.S. role in Middle East peace deal on Tel Aviv Review

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 interviewed about Sessions on Democracy Now!

Carl Hart (IRAAS) was interviewed about Jeff Sessions's reversal of Obama-era policies on low-level drug crimes on Democracy Now!

Stephanie McCurray interviewed on Times Literary Supplement

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

Mahmood Mamdani elected as Fellow of the British Academy

Anthropologist Mahmood Mamdani has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy.


Michael Woodford received a 2017 RISE grant

Economist Michael Woodford received a 2017 RISE grant for his project Integrating Information Sampling and Decision Making Through Large Scale Testing of Human In."

Karl Jacoby received Wheatley Book Award and Billington Prize for his latest Book

Historian Karl Jacoby received the 2017 Phillis Wheatley Book Award and the Ray Allen Billington Prize in Frontier and Borderlands History for his book, The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire

Holger Klein named Interim Director of the Sakıp Sabancı Center for Turkish Studies at Columbia

Professor of Art History and Archaeology Holger A. Klein was named Interim Director of the Sakıp Sabancı Center for Turkish Studies at Columbia University, assuming responsibility for the directorship in July of 2017.


Graciela Chichilnisky honored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York

Economist Graciela Chichilnisky was named a "Great Immigrant" by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as a part of the organization's annual tribute to naturalized US citizens."

Thomas DiPrete awarded William T. Grant Foundation Research Grant

Sociologist Thomas DiPrete received research grant to study policy impacts on immigrant students at CUNY.

Making and Knowing Project collaborated with Frick Collection

Historian Pamela H. Smith's Making and Knowing Project collaborated with the Frick Collection on making a medal using the sand casting process.


Harrison Hong awarded Norwegian Finance Initiative research grant

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."

Alice Kessler-Harris launched second half of MOOC

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.

Shamus Khan won 2017 Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching

Sociologist Shamus Khan won the 2017 Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching by Faculty.


Van Tran awarded 2017 GSAC Faculty Mentoring Award

Sociologist Van Tran was awarded the 2017 Graduate Student Advisory Council Faculty Mentoring Award which honors excellence in the mentoring of PhD students.

John Marshall awarded Spencer grant for project on accountability

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."

New Publications

John Huber published new book on Elections and Inequality

Political Scientist John Huber published a new book examining class identity and ethnic identity in elections, Exclusion by Election: Inequality, Ethnic Identity, and Democracy (Cambridge UP, 2017).


Rosalind Morris published new book on De Brosses' idea of "Fetishism"

Anthropologist Rosalind Morris has published a new book on Charles De Brosses' notion of "Fetishism" entitled, The Returns of Fetishism: Charles De Brosses and the Afterlives of an Idea (University of Chicago Press, 2017).

Herbert Gans published a new collection of essays

Sociologist Herbert Gans Nans has published a new collection of essays entitled, Sociology and Social Policy: Essays on Community, Economy, and Society (Columbia UP, 2017).

Timothy Frye published new book on Power and Institutions in Russia

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).


Claudio Lomnitz published new book of essays on Mexico

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).

Naor Ben-Yehoyada published new book on Sicily and Tunisia

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).

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 Putnam published 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

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.

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," 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.


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 Povinelli published 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).