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.
Edward Deci and Richard Ryan’s Self-Determination Theory can point the way to living a good life.
Narayana Kocherlakota, former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will join the Department of Economics on January 1, 2016.
The Society for Personality and Social Psychology awarded Harry Reis the Career Contribution Award, one of the highest honors in social psychology.
Professor of Political Science David Primo recently testified before Congress to discuss ways to improve the current federal budgeting process. Learn more about his ideas in the full written testimony.
Children who endure family instability and emotionally distant caregivers are at risk of having impaired cognitive abilities, according to researchers.
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)