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Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Ave.
Dalton Hall, Room 114
Bryn Mawr. PA 19010-2899
Phone: 610-526-5030


The Center for Social Sciences sponsors faculty and student research and supports campus events related to the social sciences.

New Media Project

The New Media Project is a collaboration between faculty in the Political Science, Sociology, and History Departments.  It promotes the Center's goal of connecting the social sciences with other departments on campus.  Our aim is to foster a discussion of the many impacts of new media (digital media, social networking technologies, and so forth) on society, in the U.S. and worldwide.  The Center funded the planning phase of the project and sponsored its launch in fall 2010 with two events:

"Digital Media and Political Islam," a talk by Professor Philip Howard, Department of Communication, University of Washington, September 21.

"New Media Strategies in the 2010 Election: What the Hell Just Happened Here?," a panel discussion featuring Duncan Black, Blogger "Atrios" and Senior Fellow, Media Matters; Will Bunch, Philadelphia Daily News columnist and Blogger "Attytood"; Alexander Heffner, Founder, and President, Scoop Media; and Matt Kerbel, Professor of Political Science, Villanova University and author of Netroots, November 11.

The New Media Project welcomes participation from other departments on campus and in the broader Philadelphia community.  Our aim is to become a clearinghouse for activities and information relating to new media.  Interested faculty and students are encouraged to contact us directly:

Carol Hager, Political Science

Sharon Ullman, History

Nathan Wright, Sociology

Student-Generated Events, Student-Faculty Collaborations

The Center is pleased to be able to support student initiatives to bring speakers to campus and to organize events relating to the social sciences.  Student-generated events include:

"Money and Politics in the 2010 Midterm Elections," a panel discussion featuring Daylin Leach, PA State Senator; Olivia Thorne, League of Women Voters; James  Browning, Common Cause; and Carol Hager, Bryn Mawr College Political Science Department.  (Co-sponsored with BMC Democracy Matters).

Middle East/North Africa Teach-In, a day long multimedia event featuring panel discussions, student presentations, music, art, Skype interviews with eyewitnesses in Egypt and Yemen.  The teach-in was opened by President McAuliffe and closed with a lecture by Eve Trout Powell, University of Pennsylvania.  (Co-sponsored by Middle East Studies).

Collaborative Research

The Center sponsors collaborative research projects among faculty and between faculty and students.  Current projects include:

Seung-Youn Oh, BMC Assistant Professor of Political Science, will be conducting a research project on China's outgoing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and its implication for non-traditional security.

Carol Hager, BMC Professor of Political Science, will be conducting a summer project which is part of a larger study on the origins and impacts of Germany's renewable energy resolution and will explore the effects of Germany's energy transition on economically challenged communities.

Maja Seslej, BMC Assistant Professor of Anthropology, has a research interest in the evolution of the modern human pattern of growth and development working with the data from the Fels Longitudinal Study, the world's longest running study on human growth and development.

Melissa Pashigian, BMC Assistant Professor of Anthropology, is conducting research on traditional medicine in Vietnam that spans the Colonial through present time periods.  Part of the project is archival and investigates the relationship between French scientists who worked with traditional medicine in Indochina in the Colonial period and the subsequent rise of homeopathy in post-Colonial France.

Marissa Golden, BMC Assistant Professor of Political Science, is conducting fieldwork in five Philadelphia neighborhoods where a number of public schools have closed and is especially interested in determining the role played by community mobilization in influencing those decisions and how those decisions impacted parents' feelings of efficacy.

Nate Wright, BMC Sociology and Abigal Olson, BMC Class of 2010, in a joint project on the role of framing and social environment on policy success; needle exchange and Housing First programs in the U.S. 

Campus Talks and Events

The Center co-sponsors campus events related to the interests of our member departments.

Talk presentation by Dean Spade, Associate Professor, Seattle University School of Law, author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law, talk entitled "Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law" held on Thursday, March 27.

Talk presentation by Didier Fassin, James Wolfensohn Professor, School of Social Sciences, Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, talk entitled "The Moral World of the Police" held on Tuesday, April 22.

An interdisciplinary panel discussion entitled "Disciplining the Poor" with panel discussants Frances Fox Piven (Sociology), Michael Lipsky (Political Science) and Philippe Bourgeois (Anthropology), co-sponsored with the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and social sciences departments.

A panel discussion entitled "The Transformation of Poverty Governance" with Frances Fox Piven, co-sponsored with the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Science

Talk presentation by Seth Moglen, Associate Professor of English and Co-Director of the South Side Initiative at Lehigh University entitled "Bethlehem: American Utopia, American Tragedy"

Panel discussion entitled "The United States Presidsential Election: New Media Effects" which will present several new media journalists discussion media effects in the looming upcoming United States Presidential elections

Guest speaker Judith Halberstam, a gender studies scholar from USC, talk entitled "Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal"

Dalton Hall Faculty Events

One of the Center's goals is to promote community among the Center's resident faculty members. To this end, we have instituted:

Brown Bag Lunches.  These casual lunchtime discussions with regular and visiting faculty residents have become a tradition in Dalton Hall.  These events help make faculty aware of the research interests of their colleagues and help introduce new and visiting faculty/administrators to the regular faculty in residence. 

Faculty Happy Hour. This year we began what we hope will be a regular gathering of faculty after hours.

Improving Dalton's Social Spaces - Initiative.  Faculty and student input is welcomed on the topic of improving social spaces in Dalton Hall and making the Center a gathering place for discussion of world events.  Anyone wishing to submit ideas can contact Carol Hager