November  2016
From the Director
This fall, the ISS' newest collaborative project, China's Cities: Divisions and Plans, focusing on the economic, political and social phenomena at play in China's urbanization, began its three-year-term. Team members pictured from left are  Eli Friedman, Jeremy Wallace (project leader), Jessica Weiss, Shanjun Li, and Panle Barwick.

I've long been interested in new global patterns of migration, especially to new immigrant destinations. It will be interesting to see if some of the same issues elsewhere in the world are also are at play in China's burgeoning cities. 

Meanwhile, our other two projects, Mass Incarceration and Deportation Relief , commenced in 2015 and continue through 2018. Brief updates are provided below. 

Next fall, we plan to search for another collaborative research project. We're especially interested in funding interdisciplinary Cornell faculty collaborations seeking to solve a critical 21st century problem, such as protecting democratic institutions.  

We also plan to bring prominent social scientists to Cornell for an annual public lecture. For 2016, Matthew Desmond, the author of the bestselling book Evicted is coming to Cornell (more about this below). Please talk with me about any ideas you may have.


Daniel T. Lichter
Robert S. Harrison Director
Institute for the Social Sciences
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Mass Incarceration Project
The ISS sponsored book manuscript workshops for Peter Enns, project leader, and Julilly Kohler-Hausmann.

Enns' book, Incarceration Nation: How the United States Became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World, was published in 2016.

Getting Tough: Welfare and Imprisonment in 1970s America by Kohler-Hausmann is to be released in 2017.  
Pictured from left, Christopher Wildeman, Peter Enns (project leader), Anna Haskins, Maria Fitzpatrick, Julilly Kohler-Hausmann
Deportation Relief Project
This multidisciplinary team, led by Shannon Gleeson and Matthew Hall, is examining the impact that temporary legal status is having on immigrants.

The ISS faculty fellows are using administrative and survey data, along with in-depth interviews in New York City. The group seeks to better understand how temporary deportation relief and work authorization affects educational attainment, work experiences, and workers' ability to contest workplace disputes.  
Pictured from left, Steven Alvarado, Kate Griffith, Jordan Matsudaira, and co-project leaders, Shannon Gleeson and Matthew Hall.
Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Matthew Desmond
to Lecture at Cornell  November 16
Harvard sociologist and 2015 MacArthur Fellow Matthew Desmond is speaking at Cornell about his book, Evicted. His talk in the Statler Auditorium runs from 6-7:30 PM.

This event is cosponsored by the ISS, Center for the Study of Inequality, and University Lectures.

News About ISS' Faculty Fellows

The ISS congratulates members of the 2015-2016 Faculty Fellows cohort for their recent accomplishments. 

  • Laura Tach, Policy Analysis and Management, received a $350,000 grant from the William T. Grant Foundation for a research project on U.S. families.

  • Adam LevineGovernment, won two awards from the American Political Science Association. His book, American Insecurity, received the 2016 Best Book Award, and his article on citizen engagement was named best paper.

  • Ernesto Bassi, History, completed his book, An Aqueous Territory: Sailor Geographies and New Granada's Transimperial Greater Caribbean World, to be published in 2017 by Duke University Press.

  • Nathan SprengHuman Development, published a paper in Personality and Individual Differences about a small association between purpose in life and impulsivity..

  • Jane MendleHuman Development, was promoted to Associate Professor.