The Division of the Social Sciences' faculty and students are engaged in varied and rich research pursuits, each grounded in an abiding commitment to fundamental intellectual inquiry and graduate training of the highest order.
Social Sciences faculty, research, and training programs are known for exceptional strengths in statistical methods and formal modeling, social theory, and scientific reasoning, a combination that distinguishes the Division as a preeminent leader in research and education. These examples highlight recent endeavors and accomplishments:
Professor Stephan Palmié was recently named the Norman & Edna Freehling Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the College. Prof. Palmié has written on topics ranging from reproductive biology and race to an analysis of the incongruities of regionalism and transnationalism in contemporary religion.
Professor Robert Vargas was appointed Deputy Dean of the Division of Social Sciences. The role is effective July 1, 2021 for a term of three years, and he will work with students, departments, the dean of students' team, and broader partners across campus to strengthen and sustain graduate programs in SSD.
Summer Research Methods Institute
Peter Forberg, an undergraduate student in Sociology in the College, created virtual ethnography project during the Summer Research Methods Institute in 2020. His project is called Algorithmic Ethnography, which explores digital communities through user experience.