Welcome to the Institute for the Social Sciences

The Institute for the Social Sciences nurtures the careers of Cornell’s social science faculty members by encouraging scholars to delve into interdisciplinary research collaborations addressing some of the world’s most complex challenges and disciplinary concerns. Through three signature programs – Small Grants, Faculty Fellows, and Collaborative Projects – the ISS provides financial support for research, including quantitative, qualitative, and computational social science studies.

While our focus is on Cornell faculty, Cornell’s undergraduate and graduate students benefit as well. Not only are they included in faculty-led research projects, but they also are exposed to new social science faculty research findings and exceptional instruction both in the laboratory and classroom, as well as at ISS-sponsored events.

Led by Daniel T. Lichter, professor in both the Departments of Policy Analysis and Management, and Sociology, the ISS is a campus-wide institution created in 2004. Learn more about the ISS.


New 2017-2018 Projects & Fellows


Ongoing Projects