About

Intended to highlight the accomplishments of the faculty, students, and alumni of The New School for Social Research, Research Matters will run 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 the 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 Graduate Faculty has been home to prominent public intellectuals like Robert Heilbroner and Hannah Arendt. And today that tradition continues, as witness the work of philosopher Simon Critchley and economist Teresa Ghilarducci, frequent commentators in forums like The New York Times and The Huffington Post.

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.  Some brief but notable examples include books published in the past year by historian Federico Finchelstein (The Ideological Origins of the Dirty War: Fascism, Populism, and Dictatorship in Twentieth Century Argentina, Oxford University Press), anthropologist Janet Roitman (Anti-Crisis, Duke University Press), and philosopher Dmitri Nikulin (Comedy, Seriously: A Philosophical Study, Palgrave Macmillan).

Urmila Venkatesh, Assistant Dean for Communications and Program Development, will be overseeing the production of Research Matters. Please feel free to contact us using the form below if you have suggestions for Research Matters.