The New School for Social Research


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    Theoretical Foundations and Critical Engagement

    NSSR departments give students a critical perspective on social theory. Through their coursework and other educational experiences, students are immersed in the work of the great thinkers, which enables them to develop new knowledge to address structural inequities and produce positive social change. Rigorous courses taught by world-renowned faculty members give students both the theoretical understanding and applicable skills they need. The tight-knit community of scholars who teach and study at NSSR share their knowledge and experience at lectures, readings, and other events as well as in more informal settings. Graduates of NSSR programs go on to work in academic, government, and international organizations as well as in nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

    Study with Leading Scholars and Public Intellectuals.

    NSSR faculty aim to achieve excellence in engaged, principled, relevant social research, nurturing the scholars of tomorrow. Students are encouraged to think broadly, historically, and critically about the pressing issues of our time. Faculty members challenge academic orthodoxy and ask significant questions about society. They share their passion for heterodox theories with the students they teach in seminar-style classes and with the public at lectures, readings, and other events. They engage students with topics shaping contemporary society. Their findings and commentary are published in academic books, key scholarly journals, and popular media. Philosophy professor Simon Critchley moderates the New York Times Philosophy column, The Stone. They also invest their intellectual energy in a number of prestigious centers and special programs initiating social action that shapes communities and currents of thought around the world.

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