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New Initiative to Examine Facebook Data
and Social Media's Impact on Society

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With the support of several foundations, the SSRC has launched a new Social Data Initiative that will make Facebook social network data accessible to social science researchers examining media and democracy via an independent, transparent, peer-reviewed process.

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SSRC Weighs In on the 2020 Census Debate

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The SSRC joined other social science organizations and public interest groups in opposition to the inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 US census. 

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New Luce Foundation Grant Funds Asian Studies Initiatives

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The SSRC has received a three-year, $660,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for Asian studies development. The grant funds two initiatives: the SSRC Global Scholars Initiative and the AAS-SSRC Dissertation Workshop Series. The latter initiative is in partnership with the Association for Asian Studies.

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Upcoming SSRC Events

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SSRC programs will sponsor two notable public events in the coming weeks. At Stanford April 19–20, the Media & Democracy program co-sponsors “Social Media and Democracy: Assessing the State of the Field and Identifying Unexplored Questions,” examining the fast-moving research issues surrounding social media and democracy. The Anxieties of Democracy program explores climate change and the ethical obligations of professionals in science, public health, law, and academia in “Witnessing Professionals,” May 12 at Princeton.

SSRC Expands China-Africa Knowledge Project
with New Fellowships

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The SSRC has received a $429,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to support the China-Africa Peace Fellowship, an initiative of the SSRC’s Understanding Violent Conflict program. This fellowship aims to strengthen the evidentiary basis for Chinese scholarship on the UN and in peace and security studies, foster greater South-South dialogue, and promote knowledge exchange between African and Chinese scholars, as well as integrate African and Chinese perspectives into key policy debates within the UN. The Peace Fellowship will open its calls for proposals in May 2018. 

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Dignity + Debt Network Launched

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The Dignity + Debt Network, a collaboration between the SSRC and Princeton University, recently launched. Developed by Princeton economic sociologist Fred Wherry, the international research network assembles more than fifty academic researchers, practitioners, and advocates to work across sectors, contexts, and geographies in order to assess the economic and social costs assumed by those who bear debt and to propose ladders to opportunity. The Dignity + Debt Network was established with a $100,000 grant from the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth.

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Fellows Spotlight

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Aynne Kokas

Aynne Kokas, 2007 Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship recipient, is an assistant professor of media studies at the University of Virginia and the author of Hollywood Made in China (University of California Press 2017). Kokas recently testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee as part of a panel of experts addressing forms of Chinese influence in the United States. You can read her reflection on the experience and her full testimony on Research Matters.


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