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About the Center

Cornell social scientists research and help solve the world’s most pressing social and behavioral challenges.

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Center’s Mission

The Cornell Center for Social Sciences (CCSS) accelerates, enhances, and amplifies social science research at Cornell. The CCSS accomplishes these goals by uniting programmatic and infrastructure resources within the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI). Programmatic resources include programs run by the former Institute for the Social Sciences (ISS) from 2004–2019 and new programs designed to foster systematic, evidence-based, and collaborative research studies addressing important disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and public policy concerns. Infrastructure resources support all aspects of social science research at Cornell. The CCSS either provides this research support directly or directs Cornell social scientists to the available services and support provided by other centers and units at Cornell.

At the Cornell Center for Social Sciences, we are actively working to combat systemic racism. Read a statement from our Directors and learn about our activities here.

Who We Are

University Research Leadership

The CCSS is housed under the Research Division. The Research Division, headed by the Vice President for Research, enables and advances the university’s research priorities as well as research activities of Cornell colleges, schools, research centers, institutes, and laboratories.

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  • Mike Kotlikoff


    Mike Kotlikoff
  • Emmanuel Gianellis

    Vice President for Research

    Emmanuel Gianellis
  • Maria Fitzpatrick

    Associate Vice Provost for Social Sciences


CCSS Leadership

  • Peter K. Enns

    Robert S. Harrison Director, Cornell Center for Social Sciences

    Executive Director, Roper Center and Professor, Government

    205 White Hall

    Headshot of Peter Enns
  • Claudia von Vacano

    Executive Director, Cornell Center for Social Sciences

    Cornell Federal Statistical Research Data Center

    747 Rhodes Hall

    Headshot of Claudia von Vacano

CCSS Research Incubation Staff

CCSS Research Support Staff

CCSS Senior Data Science Fellows

CCSS Data Science Fellows

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Accessibility & Web Accessibility

The CCSS is committed to providing universal access to all of our events and facilities. Please contact to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

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Past Directors of the ISS/CCSS

(the CCSS houses activities operated by the former Institute for the Social Sciences)

Annual Reports 

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