The Council announced the University Fund for the Social Sciences—a
new SSRC partnership with a consortium of higher education institutions
to advance social science scholarship and collaboration—presenting a
founding group of twenty US colleges and universities.
The Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum released the fourth in its series of CPPF Working Papers on Women in Politics: “Gender and Elections: Temporary Special Measures beyond Quotas,” by political scientist Mona Lena Krook [PDF available].
Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum program coordinators Aaron Pangburn and Sabrina Stein presented a paper on “The State of Security Council Reform” at the International Studies Association’s 2015 Annual Convention. Sabrina Stein also organized and participated in, with CPPF associate director Renata Segura, a convention roundtable on “Drug Policy: Challenges and Possibilities of Reform.”
Tatiana Carayannis, CPPF’s deputy director, was a coauthor of “Virunga’s White Savior Complex,” a Foreign Affairs
piece critiquing the Oscar-nominated documentary’s depictions of race,
conflict, and politics in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
African Peacebuilding Network director Cyril Obi was interviewed in Dakar, Senegal, by the African institute Thinking Africa
[video], at a conference on “International Criminal Justice,
Reconciliation, and Peace in Africa: The ICC and Beyond” cosponsored by
the APN. He later participated in a New York City panel discussion on the upcoming general elections in Nigeria
hosted by the CUNY Graduate Center’s Advanced Research Collaborative.
In an article for the New Republic, Josipa Roksa and Education Research Program director Richard Arum described how US colleges fail to prepare graduates for the job market or for participation in a democratic society, as revealed by Collegiate Learning Assessment Longitudinal Study findings published in their recent book Aspiring Adults Adrift. Their earlier companion volume, Academically Adrift, was at the center of a Times Higher Education
story on a new impetus for learning gains measurement in the United Kingdom.
Measure of America’s national human development report The Measure of America 2013–2014 provided sociocultural and economic context for a MintPress News article on an emerging solar energy trend in West Virginia. Curbed Los Angeles drew on income data from the program’s most recent state report, A Portrait of California 2014–2015, in looking at the relationship between home loans and race in that city.
Drugs, Security and Democracy fellows Adam D. Baird (2011), Ana Teresa Villarreal Montemayor (2012), and Kevin Lewis O’Neill (2011) each contributed a chapter to the interdisciplinary volume Violence at the Urban Margins, now available from Oxford University Press.
Drugs, Security and Democracy fellow Isaac Campos-Costero (2013) coedited “The New Drug History of the Americas,” a special issue of the Hispanic American Historical Review, featuring articles by DSD and International Dissertation Research Fellowship fellows Valeria Manzano (2013 and 2006) and Lina Britto (2011 and 2009).
International Dissertation Research Fellowship fellow and Association for Asian Studies–SSRC Dissertation Workshop participant Elizabeth Ann Cecil (2013 and 2012) contributed an article to South Asian Studies coming out of her funded projects investigating the earliest known religious community devoted to the worship of the Hindu god Siva.
International Dissertation Research Fellowship fellow Colin Brewster Hoag (2013) shared his first-person experience in the field in an Allegra Lab essay on policing in Johannesburg’s Hillbrow neighborhood.
Eurasia Program Postdoctoral Research fellow Kelly M. McMann (2006) drew on her fellowship-supported research in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan for her new Cornell University Press volume Corruption as a Last Resort: Adapting to the Market in Central Asia.