The New School for Social Research supports an array of centers and special programs that foster interdisciplinary research, fuel policy debates, and promote public discussion about pressing social issues. These centers and special programs address topics including global migration, democratic change, design and ethnography, and capitalism.

Two recent additions to the centers are:

The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought

Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and based in the New School for Social Research, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought incubates transdisciplinary ethnographic research at the intersection of social theory and design, and fosters wide-ranging dialogue on related themes across the University.

Drawing on the New School’s tradition of politically-engaged, historically-grounded, and theoretically-innovative social research, as well as on our strengths as a center of design thinking and practice, GIDEST annually supports five faculty and five doctoral fellows and provides members of the campus community with a lively and inventive research environment and a focused interdisciplinary space in which to develop their ideas.

For more information, please email GIDEST and visit the website.

Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies

The Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies brings together faculty and students for interdisciplinary conversations around theoretical approaches to –and analytic methods for – the study of capitalism in its myriad forms.  Affiliated faculty and students share commitment to critical thought, ethical reflection, and real-world relevance in their research.  Our graduate and undergraduate courses examine the basic logic of capitalism (as conceived by a range of theorists), its culturally and historically specific varieties, and its ability to structure our political possibilities and creative endeavors. Through interdisciplinary research and teaching, the Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies aims to develop and to promote theoretical and analytic tools that can help us to envision and to instantiate different and better economies – local and global – for the future. 

For more information, please email the Heilbroner Center.

 
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