Intended to highlight the accomplishments of the faculty, students, and alumni of The New School for Social Research, Research Matters publishes regular stories on research projects; profiles of individual faculty, students, and alumni, and their research; and announcements of new publications.

Through vividly written articles aimed at general readers, Research Matters is meant to convey the relevance of the work we do to the broadest possible audience.

Since its inception, The New School for Social Research has attracted scholars committed to challenging conventional wisdom – and also to changing the world. The founders included Thorsten Veblen, Charles Beard and John Dewey – eminent writers whose books reached a wide public and affected the climate of opinion. More recently The New School for Social Research has been home to prominent public intellectuals like Robert Heilbroner and Hannah Arendt. Today, that tradition lives on through the pathbreaking research and work of more than 75 full-time faculty, more than 800 students, and more than 9,000 alumni living around the world.

Our faculty is united by a desire to expand the boundaries of social thought—from James Miller’s writings on the relation between philosophers’ lives and their ideas and Miriam Ticktin’s scrutiny of humanitarianism in migration policy to Bill Hirst’s investigation of the way societies create collective memory, to mention just a few. New School Faculty regularly publish important books and engage in dialogue in popular media. Examples of recent publications can be found in our Faculty Bookshelf.

A-J Aronstein, Director of Communications and New Initiatives at The New School for Social Research, oversees the production of Research Matters. Please feel free to contact us using the form below if you have suggestions for Research Matters.