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Social Sciences Division

First Day Blues
College

New Econ Class Sails into Top Enrollment Rankings as Ec 10b Maintains Dominance for Sixth Year

Economics 10B: “Principles of Economics” has long reigned as spring semester's most enrolled-in class, but this year the course saw a new contender from within its own department — the brand new course Economics 1152: “Big Data," which had just 32 fewer students.

WGS
FAS

Striving to Become a Department, Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Sees Growth

Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality — though currently a small program offering only undergraduate degrees and graduate secondary fields — is working towards one day becoming a “full-fledged” department, Acting Chair of WGS Françoise Lionnet said in an interview Friday.

Roland Fryer Headshot
FAS

In Letter, Hundreds of Students Call for Changes to University Econ Depts Following Fryer Allegations

More than 285 graduate students and research assistants — at least 18 of them at Harvard — signed a letter Thursday calling for changes within the field of economics in response to allegations of sexual harassment against Professor Roland G. Fryer, Jr.

Devah Pager
FAS

Devah Pager, Harvard Sociology Professor and Pioneer, Dies at 46

Harvard Sociology Professor Devah I. Pager, a groundbreaking researcher, advisor, teacher, and mother beloved by her students and family, died on Nov. 2. She was 46 years old.

Popular Course Enrollment
College

Popular Course Enrollment

Hutchins Center
FAS

Colin Kaepernick, Dave Chappelle Among Du Bois Medal Awardees

The medal — the University’s highest honor in the field of African and African American studies — recognizes individuals who have made “significant contributions” to African and African American culture.

Popular Course Enrollment
College

Popular Course Enrollment

University Hall
FAS

Lawrence D. Bobo Named Next Dean of Social Science

Lawrence D. Bobo, professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology, will become the dean of Social Science on October 1.

Belfer
Politics

Government, History Professors Weigh In On Leaving Iran Deal

Several Harvard social science professors criticized President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

Sarah Lewis
Social Sciences Division

‘A Leader of Growing Stature in the Art World’: Sarah Lewis Makes Her Mark

Lewis holds a joint assistant professorship in the Department of History of Art and Architecture and the Department of African and African American Studies.

Unionization High Chart
Features

Polling Shows Strong Union Support Among Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences Students

Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences students were much more likely to vote to unionize in Harvard’s election last week than were Sciences and Engineering and Applied Sciences students.

Facebook Office
Social Sciences Division

Facebook Partners With Harvard Researcher To Study Election Impacts

King and Persily’s commission, composed of academics across the social sciences, will have access to all of Facebook’s user data in an anonymized form.

Faculty Meeting
FAS

New FAS Policy Restricts Professors’ Ability to Hold Public Service Positions

Some professors believe the measures, meant to ensure faculty members' "professional loyalty" remains with Harvard, are too stringent.

William James Hall
College

As Social Studies Juniors Begin Thesis Process, Some Have Second Thoughts

Faculty and staff say that the Social Studies’ mandatory thesis is an intense project that likely requires summer research, though some upperclassmen worry about lost opportunities during their junior summer.

Jorge Dominguez
FAS

Gov Grad Students Send Letter Demanding More Action on Dominguez

The same day the graduate students sent the letter, administrators announced the department was undertaking several initiatives in response to the allegations.

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