Research

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Professions is primarily devoted to the discipline-based study of education and other institutions, processes, and policies. The bulk of our faculty – including economists, historians, philosophers, political scientists, and sociologists – investigate urgent social trends and questions in the United States and throughout the world. Through research centers like the Institute for Education and Social Policy and the Center for the Promotion of Research Involving Innovative Statistical Methodology (PRIISM), our faculty members are able to conduct multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary studies in order to address important societal issues like childhood obesity, educational inequality, school funding, the link between obesity and cancer, education in developing countries, and healthcare utilization in disadvantaged populations. 

Research Institutes and Centers