In 1982, the University of Chicago pioneered a new dimension in graduate education—interdisciplinary workshops that bring together students and faculty in the Divinity School, Humanities Division, and the Social Sciences Division for ongoing and collaborative exchange of ideas around particular areas of interest. By providing graduate students with a forum for presenting their research and writing, the workshops, which have been widely replicated at other universities, have become an important part of the UChicago graduate education experience. Workshops facilitate the dissertation-writing process and create opportunities for professionalization as they encourage students to engage rigorously with their own and their fellow students’ work through discussion, debate, evaluation, and critical feedback.

Active Workshops

Comparative Politics Workshop

The Comparative Politics Workshop serves as a critical forum for the presentation of work-in-progress in the field of comparative politics. Comparative politics is a broad and methodologically eclectic field.

Wednesdays from 5:00–7:00 pm in the seminar room at Wilder House, 5811 S. Kenwood Ave

Computational Social Sciences Workshop

The Computational Social Science Workshop explores what is now possible in the social sciences when we have plentiful data, cheap computing, and powerful quantitative methods.

11:00am - 12:20pm Thursdays, Saieh Hall (SHFE) 247

East Asia Workshop

This workshop focuses on current social science research on East Asian societies, particularly the People’s Republic of China, Korea, Taiwan, and Japan.

4:00-5:30pm Every other Tuesday, Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Ave.

Social Theory and Evidence Workshop

Social scientists continue to struggle over the relative merits of their many enterprises: explanation versus interpretation, causal versus descriptive analysis, the development of theories versus the testing of hypotheses. Two questions are foundational: What constitutes a good theory?

The workshop meets every other week, usually on Mondays, 12:00-1:10pm.

Inactive Workshops