Social science is the scientific study of society and social relationships. Research examines relationships among individuals, as well as relationships between individuals and their societies. Our social scientists delve into problems like what makes French fries so addictive, how infrastructure can influence climate change, and how motherhood is covered by the media.
Meet the Research Interim Associate Dean for the Social Sciences
Interim Associate Dean for the Social Sciences; Department Chair and Professor of Women's Studies; Professor of Psychology
As interim associate dean, Professor Ceballo oversees all social science departments in LSA. Professor Ceballo brings an impressive record of experience to the dean's office, having launched Women's Studies new Gender & Health major in 2016 and expanded the intellectual breadth and vision of the department throughout her tenure as chair. She is also an accomplished researcher, whose work focuses primarily on academic and psychological functioning of children and adolescents living in poverty.
Units in the Social Sciences
Anthropology research focuses on human biological and cultural variation in time and space, with four traditionally recognized subfields.
Communication Studies is dedicated to producing cutting-edge scholarship about the media’s impact on individuals and society.
In the Department of Economics, research covers a broad range of fields, including development economics, industrial organization, labor economics, and natural resource and energy economics.
History at Michigan is global, multidimensional, and interdisciplinary, and research is conducted on a range of topics spanning the millenia and covering nearly every geographic region in the world.
The International Institute (II) stimulates research and teaching on critical areas of the world and on international issues that cut across world regions and disciplines.
Research collections at the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology include materials from many parts of the New and Old Worlds, and a portion is displayed in the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History.
Organizational Studies scholarship offers an interdisciplinary lens to understand the complex world we inhabit, including the structures of legal systems, markets, educational systems, or workplaces.
Research in Political Science is comprised of multiple substantive focus areas and methodological approaches, including: American politics, comparative politics, methods, political theory, law and politics, and world politics.
There are nine research areas within Psychology: Biopsychology, Clinical Science, Cognitive and Cognitive Neuroscience, Combined Program in Education and Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Gender and Feminist Psychology, Social Psychology, Personality and Social Contexts, and Social Work and Psychology.
The Residential College (RC) is often described as a living-learning community; this is because RC students live and learn in the same physical space.
Research in the Department of Sociology is organized in eight different areas: Culture and Knowledge; Economic Sociology and Organizations; Gender and Sexuality; Health and Healthcare; Power, History, and Social Change; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; and Social Demography
Through scholarship, curriculum, and activism, the Women’s Studies department seeks to: build interdisciplinary collaborations among faculty and students that bridge gender, racial, economic, religious, and national divides; create new forms of knowledge; and tie the University to our communities by promoting social justice.