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School of Critical Social Inquiry

Understanding Change
Betsy Hartmann

Professor of Development Studies Betsy Hartmann received a Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair award to spend four months in India during spring semester 2015. Read more »

Dean of Critical Social Inquiry

Jutta Sperling is dean of the School of Critical Social Inquiry and professor of history. Her teaching interests focus on the social and cultural history of Early Modern Europe, with a special emphasis on Renaissance Visual Culture, Body History, Catholicism, and Comparative Legal Studies of the Mediterranean.

What is the School of Critical Social Inquiry?

The School of Critical Social Inquiry is united by a common commitment to understanding the processes of continually changing social and cultural formations and their implications for people's lives. We support a range of approaches, perspectives, and methods of inquiry, strongly emphasizing an understanding of race in the U.S.A. and non-Western histories, politics, social structures, and cultures.

Areas of Study include:

Students put scholarship into action as they explore such issues as the struggle for human rights in Burma; the politics of East Africa; arms control, revolution and social change in the Middle East; the politics of land use; poverty law; immigration policy; and child advocacy. Regardless of the particular approach, all of us in the school recognize the importance of integrating scholarship with social activism, thus enriching both.

What resources are available to students?

Students put theory into practice through community-based internships and College-wide programs such as

 

In the Spotlight
Falguni Sheth
Q & A with Prof. Falguni A. Sheth in the New York Times

Falguni A. Sheth, associate professor of philosophy and political theory, is interviewed as part of a series for the New York Times with philosophers on race. The Q and A is conducted by George Yancy.

Understanding Change
Betsy Hartmann

Professor of Development Studies Betsy Hartmann received a Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair award to spend four months in India during spring semester 2015. Read more »

Dean of Critical Social Inquiry

Jutta Sperling is dean of the School of Critical Social Inquiry and professor of history. Her teaching interests focus on the social and cultural history of Early Modern Europe, with a special emphasis on Renaissance Visual Culture, Body History, Catholicism, and Comparative Legal Studies of the Mediterranean.

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