Founded in 2004, the Institute for the Social Sciences encourages collaborative research among social scientists and other Cornell faculty members across the university on cutting-edge research topics within the social sciences. Through three signature programs — Collaborative Projects, Small Grants, and Faculty Fellows — the ISS fosters systematic, evidence-based, and interdisciplinary knowledge of social processes to address critical concerns. The ISS also strives to recruit and retain top social science faculty at Cornell.  We build intellectual and administrative connections across campus, such as in the area of computational social science

Additional initiatives:

ISS Distinguished Lecture in the Social Sciences
Social Sciences Idea Panels Committee
Postdoctoral Working Group
Sabbatical Program

Please view the ISS brochure and 2017-2018 Annual Report for more information on the Institute’s mission.

Dan LichterDaniel T. Lichter
Institute for the Social Sciences
746 Rhodes Hall

Anneliese Truame
Administrative Manager
Institute for the Social Sciences
736 Rhodes Hall


Megan Pillar
Prog. & Comm. Coordinator
Institute for the Social Sciences
734 Rhodes Hall

Institute Summaries

Project Reports

February 2017
November 2016

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Location, Parking & Transit

The ISS is located on the 7th floor of Frank H.T. Rhodes Hall, in the suite of offices 734-747 at the end of the east hallway past the CIT unit. Rhodes Hall is the curvy building behind the baseball field on Hoy Road near the Parking Garage.

Visitor parking permits are required for guest parking on campus and can be purchased online or from the information booths on campus. The Hoy Street Parking Garage is located adjacent to the ISS. Please see the Campus Visitor Map for more details.

Many TCAT buses stop near on central campus. The #10 bus from downtown stops at Sage Hall, a short walk from Rhodes Hall. For more bus information, see http://www.tcatbus.com/.

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