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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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Cornell social scientists conduct research to solve the world’s most pressing social challenges. CCSS accelerates, enhances, and amplifies this research by providing advanced computing and other research infrastructure, seeding grants and fellowships, supporting quantitative and qualitative research, and building a diverse and inclusive community of scholars.

Staff Positions

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Student Positions

Communications & Marketing Assistant

The student communications & marketing assistant is responsible for creating and updating web content, graphics, social media posts, email campaigns, and other digital media. The assistant will work closely with the Communications Coordinator on various projects. 

Note: the successful candidate will be able to work over the summer of 2024, with the flexibility for remote work. Ideally, the candidate will commence training in the spring of 2024, with the opportunity to extend their employment into the fall of 2024 contingent upon performance.

Did your research benefit from the Cornell Center for Social Sciences? 

Please acknowledge CCSS with the following language when publicizing or presenting your research results: “This research was supported by the Cornell Center for Social Sciences.” 

To reference a specific program/service, please use the following format: 

“This research was supported by Cornell Center for Social Sciences [topic area].” 

Center Overview

Robert S. Harrison Director

Peter K. Enns

Professor of Government and Professor of Public Policy  

Research focus: Public opinion and political representation, mass incarceration and the legal system, time series analysis.

Contact me for: Questions about the CCSS and any suggestions or ideas for how we can support your research.

What the CCSS has done for me: I am extremely fortunate to have been part of two past theme projects (Judgment, Decision Making, and Social Behavior 2009–12 and The Cause, Consequences, and Future of Mass Incarceration in the United States 2015–18), which created lasting connections and collaborations with social scientists across Cornell, catalyzed several external grants, and supported multiple research projects including my book, Incarceration Nation: How the United States Became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World.

The CCSS Robert S. Harrison directorship is named after Cornell University’s Board of Trustees Chairman Emeritus, Robert S. Harrison, class of ’76.

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Administration & Program Team

Consultants & Data Science Fellows

University Research Leadership

The CCSS is housed under the Research Division. The Research Division, headed by the Vice President for Research and Innovation, 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
  • Krystyn J. Van Vliet

    Vice President for Research and Innovation

    Krystyn J. Van Vliet
  • Natalie Bazarova

    Associate Vice Provost

    Natalie Bazarova

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The CCSS houses activities operated by the former Institute for the Social Sciences.


Sahara Byrne, Communication; Peter K. Enns, Government


Dan Lichter, Policy Analysis and Management, and Sociology


Kim Weeden, Sociology


Ken Roberts, Government


Beta Mannix, Johnson Graduate School of Management


David Harris, Sociology

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