The New School for Social Research



  • IMG - Politics

    The Department of Politics at The New School for Social Research takes a distinctive approach to the study of politics. We emphasize the theoretical dimension of political analysis with regard to both political explanation and normative evaluation. We focus on the historical roots of contemporary political forces and problems. Faculty members are interested in how institutions shape political life, in the intersection of political and cultural processes, and in classical and current conceptions of political economy.

    The Department of Politics contributes to the scholarly community that is The New School for Social Research through joint courses, research projects, and conferences. For example, the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, founded by Professor Aristide Zolberg and now directed by Professors Miriam Ticktin and Alexandra Delano, engages in research, policy analysis, and education bearing on international migration, refugees, and the incorporation of newcomers into host societies.

    Distinguished visiting scholars from other institutions join our faculty on a regular basis. Visiting professors are an important part of the department’s life; they assist the regular faculty by helping supervise dissertations and other student work. The Politics Department welcomes proposals to visit from faculty and advanced graduate students, which we review once per term (fall and spring) each academic year. All approved visitors have access to the university library and public seminars, lectures, and conferences, as well as the general IT services at the university. We are presently considering applications for the 2017-2018 academic year. If you are interested in submitting an application, please send a cover letter and the following material to Rafi Youatt at and Nancy Shealy at by October 1, 2016: 1) a brief prospectus (approximately 500 words) of your research plans;
    2) an updated CV; 3) a statement indicating your proposed dates of stay and sources of funding.

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