Research Clusters at the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Research clusters reflect unique, cutting-edge combinations of disciplines including anthropology, communication, political science, psychology, and sociology.
B2C2 Data Initiative
The Biological and Behavioral, Computational and Critical Data (B2C2) Initiative represents the college’s commitment to work across disciplinary boundaries and produce innovative research and to make data-driven discovery.
Behavioral Data Science
Behavioral Data Science (BDS) focuses on gaining psychologically-grounded insights from large-scale naturally occurring and experimentally collected data, and using cutting-edge quantitative methods to draw causal inferences about real-world problems.
Comparative Diaspora Studies
The Comparative Diaspora Studies Group (CDSG) critically responds to the increasing need to understand the migratory dispersal and ethnic experiences of communities that are scattered across national borders in different local and global contexts.
Critical Data Studies
The Critical Data Studies (CDS) group examines the use and misuse of data and datafication in society, and the ways in which algorithmic processes help enact old and new forms of social power.
Future of Forensic Science
The Future of Forensic Science Initiative (FFSI) involves generating scientific knowledge and applying science to assist matters of law. We catalyze use-inspired basic research to solve forensic problems and educate the next generation of forensic practitioners in the culture of science.
Gender in Comparative Context
The Gender in a Comparative Context cluster seeks to understand how gendered systems of power shape women’s rights, representation, political participation, and equality across the globe.
Global Human Rights Hub
The Global Human Rights Hub (GHRH) initiative draws scholars from the Social Sciences and beyond to examine the ways that non-state actors generate innovative new pathways for the realization of rights and the promotion of social justice.
The Social Technologies Research Cluster examines the communicative effects of new social technologies, especially from qualitative and critical and cultural studies perspectives. A central concern of research in this area regards identifying and analyzing online social storytelling and sense-making, with particular focus on crisis communications and disinformation.
Law and Behavioral Science
Law and Behavioral Science is a scientific discipline that generates fundamental knowledge about human behavior, cognition, development, and mental health with a focus on addressing real-world issues that touch upon the legal and judicial system.
Resilience in Social Environments
The Resilience in Social Environments (RISE) initiative seeks to promote understanding of how to survive and thrive in social environments, and to provide new strategies for individuals, organizations, and institutions to promote the well-being of communities in the face of stressful and challenging conditions.