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College Recognizes 2021 Doctoral Graduates

College Recognizes 2021 Doctoral Graduates

“While they represent a small fraction of our 2021 graduating class, our PhD graduates are a signature element of CHSS’s contributions to Mason as an R1,” said CHSS Dean Ann Ardis. "“Please join me in a shout-out congratulations to our newest colleagues in the global community of scholars, our 2021 PhD graduates."

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Center for Social Science Research Virtual Open House

Center for Social Science Research Virtual Open House

George Mason University’s Center for Social Science Research (CSSR) is committed to publicly engaged social science research that can promote social justice, inform equitable social policy, and foster university-community collaborations. Housed within the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the CSSR builds on a long tradition of social science research for the public good. At its center are thematic research hubs focused on quantitative, qualitative, community-engaged research and program evaluation. During the virtual open house, we will introduce CSSR initiatives & projects, our research capabilities & newly formed research hubs, and engage dialogue for bridge building for university researchers and community organizations.

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Mason Safe Return to Campus: Update on travel

Mason Safe Return to Campus: Update on travel

Effective May 1, 2021, University Travel Advisory Committee (UTAC) approval will no longer be required for university domestic travel. Requests to travel domestically shall revert back to the pre-Covid process. Mason is maintaining its prohibition on all university international travel (with the exception of travel to South Korea) until further notice.

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Video: "The Next System and the Academy"

Video: "The Next System and the Academy"

On Wednesday, April 21st, 2021, hundreds of leading policymakers, innovators, community organizers, and academics came together to take up the challenge of preparing our society for a transition to a system that provides the best outcomes for all. "The Next System and the Academy: Systemic Crises, Movements, and Change in the 2020s," featured keynote speaker U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (2nd CD, WI), Kali Akuno (Cooperation Jackson), Dr. Gar Alperovitz (Democracy Collaborative), Dr. Amy Best (George Mason University), Dr. Diane Fujino (UC Santa Barbara), Peter Knowlton (UE General President, retired), Dr. Ben Manski (George Mason University), and Mike Strode (U.S. Solidarity Economy Network).

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Leading the Way in Next System Studies

Leading the Way in Next System Studies

"To borrow from Lev Tolstoy, ‘What then must society do?’ Or to paraphrase Gar Alperovitz, ‘system change is coming; what kind of system do we want and how do we get there?’ These are the questions at the center of next system studies.” 

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Qualtrics Offers Free Webinars

Qualtrics Offers Free Webinars

Qualtrics offers you the opportunity to register for one or multiple of their free live training webinars to help you become more proficient with Qualtrics.

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Call for Nominations: CHSS Alumni Awards

Call for Nominations: CHSS Alumni Awards

Each year, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences presents awards to recognize alumni from every department who are making a remarkable difference in the world. Please consider making a nomination before the May 31 deadline.

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Remember to use SciENcv for NSF biosketches and current and pending documents

Remember to use SciENcv for NSF biosketches and current and pending documents

The Mason Office of Sponsored Programs asks faculty to use SciENcv for the preparation of National Science Foundation (NSF) Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support proposal documents. As of October 2020 NSF began enforcing the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) requirement to use NSF-approved formats for the preparation of the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support proposal documents.

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Experts discuss publishing in the humanities and social sciences

Experts discuss publishing in the humanities and social sciences

On February 19, 2021 CHSS Research hosted an event with a panel of publishing experts representing Duke University Press, Mason Publishing Group, and CHSS English, who discussed various topics regarding publishing in the humanities and social sciences. Topics included descriptions of types of publishing, how to engage with publishers, how to secure a contract for publishing, review processes, and more.

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CHSS Research Virtual Coffees

CHSS Research Virtual Coffees

CHSS Research hosts monthly virtual coffees that provide a place where faculty at varying stages of academic careers and experience can meet to discuss their research and scholarship: their own work as well as challenges in the current environment.

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NSF to Support a Series of Workshops on Pandemic Prediction and Prevention

NSF to Support a Series of Workshops on Pandemic Prediction and Prevention

The Directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO); Computer Information Science and Engineering (CISE); Engineering (ENG); Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE); and the Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) are jointly supporting a series of interdisciplinary workshops to engage research communities around the topic of Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention.

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Social Problems in the Age of COVID-19: Sociologists Responding to Change

Social Problems in the Age of COVID-19: Sociologists Responding to Change

In the summer of 2020, The Justice 21 Committee of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) released two rapid-response digital volumes: Social Problems in the Age of COVID‐19 to clarify the far-reaching effects of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic on an array of national and global social problems, from mass incarceration, isolation and inequality in education, and access to mental health care, to precarious and crowded housing and homelessness, unemployment, workplace closures, and exposure risk.  

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Saluting our 2020 Graduating Students

Saluting our 2020 Graduating Students

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is proud to introduce a remarkable group of 2020 fall graduates who have been nominated by their departments for academic achievement, contributions to their fields of study, and involvement with the Mason community.

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Masks at Mason

Masks at Mason

University Policy 1415 requires appropriate face coverings for all faculty, staff, students, visitors, and vendors on campus. Learn more about this important element of the Safe Return to Campus plan.

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Congratulations to Amaka Okechukwu

Congratulations to Amaka Okechukwu

Amaka Okechukwu's To Fulfill These Rights: Political Struggle Over Affirmative Action and Open Admissions has been selected for the Society for the Study of Social Problems 2020 Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Outstanding Book Award from the Division of Racial and Ethnic Minorities.

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U.S. to Admit Fewest Refugees Since 1980

U.S. to Admit Fewest Refugees Since 1980

A new article from the IIR discusses U.S. refugee admissions. On November 1, 2019, the Trump administration released the Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for FY 2020 when the United States will admit up to 18,000 refugees – marking a historic low and threatening to further shrink the refugee resettlement program. In the first month of FY 2019, the U.S. received zero refugees, which had never happened in the thirty years that the resettlement program has existed.

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Life Along the U.S.-Mexico Border in 2019

Life Along the U.S.-Mexico Border in 2019

What is life like along the southern border in today's political climate? Professor Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera went to the border to find out. Hear the border expert discuss her travels along the border on Tuesday, Dec. 3rd.

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Immigrant Stories Project Adds Pakistan

Immigrant Stories Project Adds Pakistan

The Immigrant Stories Project includes information about immigrants from Pakistan living in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD metro areas. In addition to a fact sheet and analysis, there is also a new inspirational interview with a Pakistani immigrant.

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Mason, NOVA partner with InsideTrack to boost ADVANCE student success

Mason, NOVA partner with InsideTrack to boost ADVANCE student success

George Mason University, Virginia’s largest public research university, and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), the second-largest community college in the United States, have partnered with student success experts InsideTrack to provide a support solution for students in the ADVANCE partnership. ADVANCE is a nationally recognized effort to provide an integrated education experience for NOVA students who intend to transfer and complete a four-year degree at Mason. Through the InsideTrack partnership, students enrolled in the ADVANCE program will receive consistent, personalized support throughout their time at both institutions.

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New IIR Report: The Experiences of Migrant Women and Human Smuggling

New IIR Report: The Experiences of Migrant Women and Human Smuggling

The news is filled with accounts of women and children from Central America arriving at the U.S. border and seeking asylum. While we are learning a great deal about their struggles once they arrive at the southern border, far less is known about their journey from Central America to the United States. Government statistics show that many women are migrating with their children, and the number of families apprehended at the border has increased in recent years. Many of these women rely on human smugglers to transport them and their children across Mexico to the U.S. border. This report reveals the reality of human smuggling from the perspective of migrant women from Central America. Their testimony and experiences can teach us about the trauma they face during migration and how it continues to impact them when they arrive in the United States.

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World Refugee Day 2019

World Refugee Day 2019

World Refugee Day is June 20th. Here are some quick facts about refugee admissions in the United States this year. The refugee ceiling is set at 30,000 for Fiscal Year 2019. Thus far into the fiscal year, the US has admitted 18,051 refugees, or 60 percent of the total allowable. It is likely that the US will not admit all 30,000 refugees this year.

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IIR Releases New Report on Immigrant Teachers

IIR Releases New Report on Immigrant Teachers

While immigrants comprise 13 percent of the U.S. population, they make up only 11 percent of all teachers. This paper and infographic provide a statistical and demographic portrait of immigrant teachers in the United States and highlight differences between native- and foreign-born teachers as well as between postsecondary and non-postsecondary teachers.

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IIR Submits Comments on Proposed Public Charge Rule

IIR Submits Comments on Proposed Public Charge Rule

The proposed rule will not only negatively affect the everyday lives of immigrants, but also the lives of U.S. citizens and their families. These are families who wish to remain permanently in the United States as future workers, tax payers, and homeowners. We should be investing in their futures so that they can become productive members of society, not denying them access to services they need in challenging times.

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Shannon Davis receives mentoring award from SSSP

Shannon Davis receives mentoring award from SSSP

Sociology professor Shannon Davis has been named as the recipient of the 2018 Kathleen S. Lowney Mentoring Award by the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Photo: Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University.

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Hutnick honored with Spirit of King Faculty Award

Hutnick honored with Spirit of King Faculty Award

Sociology doctoral student Carrie Hutnick has received the 2018 Spirit of King Faculty Award for her work as an instructor with Mason's Social Action and Integrative Learning program. She is among several CHSS students, alumni, and faculty members recognized.

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Celebrating New American Voices

Celebrating New American Voices

The New American Voices Award highlights the recently published works of literary fiction or creative non-fiction from immigrant writers. It will be awarded for the first time at next year's Fall for the Book festival.

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New Americans Rebuilding Houston

New Americans Rebuilding Houston

We know Houston is struggling to get back on its feet after Hurricane Harvey. It is a particularly tough time for its immigrant population, who make up approximately 23 percent of the population in the Houston-Woodlands-Sugar Land Metropolitan Area.

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Provost Announces Changes in the Dean's Office

Provost Announces Changes in the Dean's Office

Dean Deborah Boehm-Davis has stepped down from the management of the college for a position in the private sector. While the university searches for her successor, Interim Dean Robert Matz and Interim Senior Associate Dean Shannon Davis offer experience and leadership.

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Turning the Lens

Turning the Lens

Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the American Sociological Association and Mason’s Center for Social Science Research are in their second year of a project to assess the patterns of who actually gets published in a premier academic journal, the American Sociological Review, and what the enigmatic process really looks like from start to finish.

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NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten speaks at IIR Colloquium

NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten speaks at IIR Colloquium

The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) hosted Tom Gjelten, correspondent for National Public Radio and author of A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, at the April colloquium. Mr. Gjelten shared his insights on how the landscape of America has changed over the past fifty years with the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, as told through the experiences of families in one suburban county in Virginia.

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Call for Papers: “Managing Megacities” at the University of Karachi

Call for Papers: “Managing Megacities” at the University of Karachi

Over the last two years, the School of Public Policy and the Center for Social Science Research at George Mason University have collaborated with the Department of Public Administration at the University of Karachi in social science research capacity building, through the University Partnership Program funded by the U.S. Department of State. The focal point of this partnership has been studying Karachi, with a special emphasis on the use of social science data for planning, programming and evaluation purposes. As the initial phase of this partnership is drawing to a close, an international conference is being organized on “Managing Megacities” at the University of Karachi on May 24-26, 2016. The purpose of the conference is to highlight insights gained through the partnership, with an eye to improving the management, and ultimately the quality of life in Karachi, drawing on the experiences of other megacities in developing countries.

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A Partnership Between The University of Karachi and George Mason University

A Partnership Between The University of Karachi and George Mason University

On June 4, 2015, James Witte, Director of the Center for Social Science Research, was in Islamabad, Pakistan attending the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-Pakistan Education, Science & Technology Working Group as a member of a delegation led by U.S. State Department Under-Secretary of Public Affairs & Public Diplomacy, Richard Stengel. Witte was invited for his participation in the State Department funded university partnership between George Mason University and the University of Karachi.

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Survey of the D.C. Metropolitan Area Immigrant Communities

Survey of the D.C. Metropolitan Area Immigrant Communities

Existing data, collected primarily by the U.S. Census Bureau, provides a wide-ranging, but shallow, overview of immigrant communities. Our goal is to create a new, confidential, in-depth and original data source describing the immigrant experience.

2014 National Survey of Iranian Americans

2014 National Survey of Iranian Americans

In April 2014, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) commissioned George Mason University to conduct its sixth scientific national public opinion survey of Iranian Americans to gather accurate attitudinal and demographic information about the Iranian American community.

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City of Fairfax Parks Survey

City of Fairfax Parks Survey

The Community Attitude and Interest Survey is a tool that will benefit all City of Fairfax residents. The City partnered with George Mason University to administer this survey. They compiled the data received and will present the results to the Fairfax City Council, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and the Parks and Recreation Department.

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PAAIA and CSSR Release 2013 National Survey of Iranian Americans

PAAIA and CSSR Release 2013 National Survey of Iranian Americans

The 2013 survey was conducted by George Mason University in February and follows similar annual surveys commissioned by PAAIA. The surveys are an integral component of better understanding the Iranian American community and having its voice heard through the availability of on-going accurate scientific data.

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CSSR Open House Event Faculty Afoot

CSSR Open House Event

Faculty and Students interested in Social Science Research mingle and learn about the capabilities available to them at the Center for Social Science Research (CSSR) Open House

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