Social Studies


A Third of Female Harvard Gov Students Report Limitations Due to Gender

Roughly a third of female respondents to a Government Department climate survey reported that their work or study within the department was “limited” by their gender, according to a report released Wednesday.


Winthrop Dean Sullivan Defends Fryer, Criticizes Harvard Investigation

Winthrop House Faculty Dean Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr. sharply criticized Harvard’s handling of sexual harassment allegations against Economics Professor Roland G. Fryer, Jr. in a Jan. 29 RealClearInvestigations article that identifies him multiple times as Fryer’s lawyer.


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.


More than 100 Harvard Faculty Signed Petition to Support Strike

Over the past several weeks, Harvard faculty have shown their support for striking dining hall workers, bringing their classes to the picket lines and signing a petition calling on Harvard to reach an agreement with its employees.


Advising Fortnight

Kate Brady ’19 makes conversation with a Social Studies concentration adviser at the Social Studies Ice Cream Social Tuesday afternoon. The event was one of the many events being hosted by all 49 concentrations as part of Advising Fortnight, a two-week period of events, panels, and office hours intended to help freshmen discover more about their possible future concentrations.


William James Hall

The social studies department, located in William James Hall, has been criticized by those looking to study non-Western perspectives.


Dominance of Western Perspectives Troubles the Social Sciences

American and Western European foci and schools of thought continue to dominate social science fields at Harvard, frustrating some students and faculty even as other perspectives and methods grow.


William James Hall Upgrades Elevators, Causing Delays

The elevator is not broken but is undergoing renovation as part of a larger upgrade process begun last July. Each elevator car takes 14 weeks to update and all three elevators should be operational again in May.


Five Harvard Seniors Win Rhodes Scholarship

Five Harvard undergraduates are winners of the 2016 Rhodes Scholarship, up three from last year when two Harvard students won the award.


For Off-Cycle Seniors, Thesis-Writing Concludes

Most Harvard seniors edit, toil over, and finally turn in their theses in a communal flurry in the weeks leading up to spring break and Housing Day each spring. But for the College’s off-cycle seniors, the affair is less standardized and a bit more lonely, they say.


Professor wins "genius" grant

Associate professor of sociology and social studies Matthew S. Desmond recently won a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. As an ethnographer and social scientist, he studies the connections between poverty and eviction.


Two Harvard ‘Geniuses’ Win MacArthur Grants

Associate sociology and social studies professor Matthew S. Desmond studies eviction and poverty, and assistant Medical School professor Beth Stevens researches brain cell functions.


Snow Days by Concentration

Now that everyone has frolicked sufficiently, snow days have become a time for learned contemplation. FM considers how students of various concentrations can best use their time off.


Concentration Satisfaction: Class of 2012

As freshmen enter the second week of Advising Fortnight, Flyby presents a complete set of data from the Class of 2012's concentration satisfaction ratings. For all freshmen looking to narrow down the list of potential concentrations, sophomores or juniors curious about their chosen concentrations, and seniors reflecting on their undergraduate careers, here are the stats from last year's graduating seniors on how satisfied they were with their respective concentrations. Check out our four interactive graphs showing overall satisfaction rates among Humanities, Natural Sciences, SEAS, and Social Sciences concentrators in the Class of 2012.


The folklore and mythology concentration saw two of its seven junior concentrators make PBK's "Junior 24," while large concentrations like government and economics saw just one concentrator apiece make the list.


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