How does society, and the manner in which humans behave, influence our world? Our social scientists transform the way we think about the economy, politics, basic motives of human behavior, and the nature of social interactions.
Judith Smetana’s research explores how adolescents—locally and globally—use disclosure and secrecy in their quest for autonomy from their parents.
In The Huffington Post, social interaction researcher Harry Reis outlines six types of relationships that sabotage happiness and psychological well-being. (Photo: Flickr/Junichi Ishito)
Mark Bils, a macroeconomist who specializes in the labor market, co-authored a study finding a rise in consumption inequality in the United States. (Photo: Flickr/Dustin Spengler)
After more than 50 years with the University, political science professor Richard Fenno Jr.'s lifetime of scholarly work is now available to researchers around the world via the web.
David Primo analyzes the connection between elections and the stock market, citing his research on corporate political spending, shareholder approval, and stock market volatility. (Photo: Scott Beale / Laughing Squid)
Lynda Powell, Gerald Gamm, G. Bingham Powell Jr., and Hein Goemans were recognized for their award-winning research. (Photo: Flickr/Steve Hajjar)
Culture or biology? Coauthors Andrew J. Elliott and Benjamin Hayden seek to uncover what causes humans’ response to the color red.
Daniel Reichman argues that the real origins of Central American refugee problem are economic—and so is the solution. (Photo credit: Flickr/USDA)
Edward Deci and Ronald Rogge report that a new 20-minute classroom assessment can reliably measure classroom instruction and predict standardized test scores.
John Osburg studies why wealthy, urban Han Chinese are drawn to Tibetan Buddhism and the ways they integrate Buddhist principles into their lives.
Maya Sen’s study suggests that the American Bar Association’s sometimes-controversial ratings could be tilted against minorities and women.
Richard Ryan and his coauthors find that if you press someone’s competencies, they’ll become more aggressive—regardless of the game.