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To Secure Knowledge Task Force Issues Final Report

This past Monday, the final report of the SSRC’s To Secure Knowledge Task Force was released at an event in New York City. The report, To Secure Knowledge: Social Science Partnerships for the Common Good, examines the challenges and opportunities confronting the social sciences today, offering recommendations for solutions in the areas of data (including data sharing and data integrity), funding, ethics, research quality, and research training. We urge you to read and share the report, watch the video of the event and its provocative panel discussion, and offer your feedback.

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New Partnership with the Brooklyn Historical Society

The SSRC inaugurates its new partnership with the Brooklyn Historical Society with a discussion on the 2016 US elections. Sponsored by the Media & Democracy program, this November 5th event will feature John Sides, professor of political science at George Washington University and editor-in-chief of the Monkey Cage, a blog about political science and politics at the Washington Post. Sides will discuss his new coauthored book, Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America, with FiveThirtyEight senior political writer Clare Malone. This is the first of what will be a number of collaborations to come.
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Obi to Lead SSRC Africa Initiatives

Cyril Obi, who for the last six years has served as the director for the SSRC’s African Peacebuilding Network, will now also direct the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program. Obi will build new synergies between these efforts, connecting both predoctoral and postdoc fellows and each program’s broader networks of scholars and partners in the region. This ambitious goal—with the critical support of Carnegie Corporation of New York—of nurturing an integrated and sustained research capacity in Africa on issues of peace, security, and development rests on a strong foundation, as the two programs have awarded grants to 421 fellows in the past seven years.  

Open Competitions

Social Media and Democracy Research Grants
Rolling submissions  ​​

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)
Deadline November 7, 2018

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Fellowships
Deadline November 16, 2018

Fellows Spotlight

Stuart Schrader

Stuart Schrader

A fellow of the Dissertation Proposal Development Program, Stuart Schrader examines the history of US security assistance to Latin American military and police forces in Items. Schrader is a lecturer and assistant research scientist at Johns Hopkins University. Author of the forthcoming Policing Revolution: Cold War Counterinsurgency at Home and Abroad, his work has appeared in several distinguished publications. Be sure to read Stuart Schrader’s new Items piece, "The Long Counterrevolution.”


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