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Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities

Statement from the ASH Interim and Incoming Chair

In the depths of a COVID-19 pandemic and a continuing worldwide loss of lives, disproportionately killing Black Americans, we recently have been brought to even deeper despair by the killing of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement. We are shaken, not only by the viciousness of this singular event, but because killings like this of other Black Americans have happened over and over again and continue to happen. We need to stand up to such outrageous acts of aggression that are in direct opposition to what we strive for in a just and humane society. We also need to educate ourselves and our students on the importance of racial justice and equity not only as legal constructs, but as lived and heartfelt principles as well. Let us stand together in solidarity in condemning white supremacy and racial injustice in any form and in seeking to take action to repair our broken world.

We encourage our colleagues and students to support, individually or collectively, one or more of the numerous organizations that work to advance social justice. The following is a small sampling of such groups:

@colorofchange @nationalactionnetwork @aclu_nationwide 

@naacp_ldf @ctr4chr @eji_org @naturbanleague

The strength of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, shown here on Instagram @justiceforgeorgenyc - illustrates many of the ways being used to work toward real change, and demands our action.

In addition, recognizing as Michelle Alexander wrote in The New Jim Crow that “the criminal justice system [is] ... a gateway into a much larger system of racial stigmatization and permanent marginalization,” we are currently working with the @nyusteinhardt Dean’s Office to implement specific action items that work toward racial justice and equity.

- Interim and Incoming Chairs Sharon L. Weinberg and Marc Scott


NYU Steinhardt’s Department of the Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities 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.


Applied Statistics for Social Science Research

Learn advanced quantitative research techniques and apply them to critical policy issues across social, behavioral, and health sciences.

Education and Jewish Studies

Prepare to work in a leadership role in Jewish educational settings, such as schools, community organizations, foundations, and universities.

Education and Social Policy

Rooted in economics and sociology, this program has a strong emphasis on using quantitative methods to ascertain causal effects of programs and policies.

Education Studies

Explore and understand the broader context of education and its link to social change, and the role you can play in making change possible.

History of Education

This program examines the links between the history of education, philosophy of education, and current issues of research and policy.

International Education

The program develops education experts who understand the implications of their responsibilities and can utilize knowledge across international boundaries.

Sociology of Education

In this program you will learn to analyze educational problems and issues, such as educational equity, using a sociological lens.

Peace and Conflict Studies

This undergraduate minor gives you the tools to better understand the world, analyze global conflicts and contribute to global peace efforts.

Global and Urban Education Studies

This interdisciplinary undergraduate minor gives students a deeper understanding of critical social, cultural, economic, political, legal, and policy issues in education.

News and Events

U.S. News & World Report Ranks NYU Steinhardt Among the Best Schools of Education in the Nation

The NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development has been ranked among the top ten best graduate schools of education in the nation.

Steinhardt Student Makes a Difference: Sanan Panossian (MA ’19), International Education

To achieve her goal of building and sustaining a link between her homeland and the diaspora, Sanan worked as a Diaspora Outreach Coordinator for the Admissions Department of the American University of Armenia (AUA) this summer.

Black Drivers More Likely to Be Stopped Finds Study Co-authored by NYU Steinhardt Researcher

A new study titled, “A large-scale analysis of racial disparities in police stops across the United States,” found that in a dataset of nearly 100 million traffic stops across the United States, black drivers were about 20 percent more likely to be stopped than white drivers relative to their share of the residential population.


Through research centers 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.

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NYU Steinhardt
Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities
Kimball, 246 Greene Street | Floor 3
New York, NY 10003