Social Sciences Division
Students and Faculty Flock to Discussion on the Relationship Between Humans and Whales
Graduate students, professors, and whale enthusiasts gathered to hear Brown University Professor Bathsheba Demuth discuss the history and ethics of humanity’s relationship with whales Wednesday at the Center for Government and International Studies.
Stephen Marglin, the Walter S. Barker Professor of Economics, has dedicated his professional career to expanding and complicating mainstream views of economic thought.
Harvard University Professor Danielle Allen Receives Governor’s Award in the Humanities
University Professor Danielle S. Allen received a 2019 Governor's Award at the annual Massachusetts Humanities Dinner Sunday evening.
More Than 800 Institutions Sign Harvard Letter Calling on Brazil to Fund Philosophy, Sociology
Scholars from more than 800 institutions worldwide have signed an open letter — written by two Harvard graduate students — in response to Brazil’s plan to disinvest in philosophy and sociology at public universities.
Jury Could Hear Former Associate Professor’s Gender Discrimination Suit Against Harvard, Judge Says
A lawsuit brought by former Harvard Associate Professor Kimberly S. Theidon alleging the University unfairly denied her tenure could be headed to trial after a federal judge said at an appeal hearing Wednesday that the case may be better left to a jury.
Economics Department Starts Initiatives to Improve Student Wellbeing Following Mental Health Survey
The Economics Department is taking steps to improve its graduate students' mental health in light of a survey conducted among Ph.D. students in the department which showed high percentages of anxiety and depression.
Harvard Economics Department Plans More Intro Classes Focused on Real-World Applications
The Economics Department is working to create more entry-level courses focused on the applications — as opposed to theory — of economics in an effort to attract more freshmen and sophomores, according to Department Chair Jeremy C. Stein.
Harvard Economists Join Policy Proposal to Combat Climate Change
More than 3,300 economists, a number of whom are Harvard affiliates, signed the “Economists’ Statement on Carbon Dividends,” calling for a bipartisan climate change solution, the Climate Leadership Council announced last month. The statement is the largest of its kind, with a historic number of economists signing onto it, including 27 Nobel Laureates.
New Econ Class Sails into Top Enrollment Rankings as Ec 10b Maintains Dominance for Sixth Year
Economics 10B: “Principles of Economics” has long reigned as spring semester's most enrolled-in class, but this year the course saw a new contender from within its own department — the brand new course Economics 1152: “Big Data," which had just 32 fewer students.
Striving to Become a Department, Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Sees Growth
Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality — though currently a small program offering only undergraduate degrees and graduate secondary fields — is working towards one day becoming a “full-fledged” department, Acting Chair of WGS Françoise Lionnet said in an interview Friday.
In Letter, Hundreds of Students Call for Changes to University Econ Depts Following Fryer Allegations
More than 285 graduate students and research assistants — at least 18 of them at Harvard — signed a letter Thursday calling for changes within the field of economics in response to allegations of sexual harassment against Professor Roland G. Fryer, Jr.
Devah Pager, Harvard Sociology Professor and Pioneer, Dies at 46
Harvard Sociology Professor Devah I. Pager, a groundbreaking researcher, advisor, teacher, and mother beloved by her students and family, died on Nov. 2. She was 46 years old.
Colin Kaepernick, Dave Chappelle Among Du Bois Medal Awardees
The medal — the University’s highest honor in the field of African and African American studies — recognizes individuals who have made “significant contributions” to African and African American culture.