• The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought

    The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought (GIDEST) incubates advanced research at the intersection of social theory and design, fostering dialogue on related themes across the university. Our popular bi-weekly seminar series features presenters who draw from the social sciences, arts, and design, and annually supports five faculty fellows, five doctoral fellows, and an artist-in-residence. This series provides members of the campus community with a lively and inventive research environment, as well as a focused interdisciplinary space in which to develop their ideas. Through our lab in the University Center, we serve as a university-wide hub for collaborative faculty research, interdisciplinary doctoral dissertations, and innovative scholarly practices that draw substantively on ethnographic methodologies and sensibilities.

    GIDEST is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and based in the New School for Social Research. For inquiries about our fellowship program or seminars, or for further information, please visit our website or Facebook page, or, to join our mailing-list, contact