THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF SOCIAL DIFFERENCE is an interdisciplinary research center supporting collaborative projects that address gender, race, sexuality, and other forms of inequality to foster ethical and progressive social change.
The Center’s work has two overarching research themes
Women Creating Change engages distinguished feminist scholars from diverse fields throughout Columbia University who focus on contemporary global problems affecting women and on the roles women play in addressing these problems.
Imagining Justice brings together scholars, activists, and artists on projects that envision new ways of fighting inequality and promoting gender, racial, economic, and environmental justice in global and domestic contexts.
CSSD co-sponsors a roundtable of scholars and activists celebrating the publication of Annelise Orleck's new book, "We are all Fast Food Workers Now: the Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages.”
The CSSD working group Social Justice After the Welfare State presents:
"Democracy after the Welfare State: a Conversation," a book launch event for Democracy and the Welfare State: The Two Wests in the Age of Austerity, edited by Alice Kessler-Harris and Maurizio Vaudagna.
CSSD working group Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics and Culture presents Food Co-op or Rent to Own? Research Participants and Their Data in the 21st Century: a talk by Dr. Misha Angrist (Duke University).
CSSD co-sponsors Urban Floods: Interdisciplinary Perspectives conference.
Lila Abu-Lughod, former director of CSSD and co-director of CSSD projects Gender, Religion and Law in Muslim Societies, Reframing Gendered Violence, and Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence, delivered the Clifford Geertz Commemorative Lecture at Princeton University on February 22, 2018.
CSSD Project Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence announces its second Media Fellowship Competition.
Alice Kessler-Harris is featured in a NYTimes article on workplace power dynamics and the slow progress for women in traditionally 'masculine' fields. CSSD will host a book event with Kessler-Harris on April 4, 2018.
On January 22, CSSD/PM&S project Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture welcomed Dr. Susan Markens (CUNY-Lehman College) for its first talk of the semester, titled The Genomic Revolution, Genetics Counselors, and Doing Ethics.
CSSD executive committee members Anupama Rao and Ana Paulina Lee presented research from the CSSD working group Gender and the Global Slum at the inaugural She Opened the Door: Columbia University Women's Conference.