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 announcements of awards and new publications. Through vividly written articles aimed at general readers, Research Matters intends to convey something of the rigorous and vibrant scholarly culture of The New School for Social Research.

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 work 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.

The 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. Faculty regularly publish important books and articles, engaging in dialogue with the broader public. Examples of recent publications can be found in our Faculty Bookshelf.

Equally important are the students and alumni who complete master’s and doctoral degrees at The New School for Social Research, representing the next generation of scholarship that can influence public debate about the most pressing issues of our time. They proceed to successful careers that draw upon the academic training that they received here at The New School.

The Dean’s Office at The New School for Social Research oversees production of Research Matters. Please feel free to contact Research Matters using the form below.