The division’s Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research is dedicated to developing practical solutions for our nation’s most pressing problems. The center has zeroed in on inequality as a primary focus, which has also become a major point of public attention and concern. Faculty, students and community members affiliated with the Yankelovich Center are working together across disciplines to narrow the opportunity gaps in education, jobs, health care and more.
Over the next few years, the center will work to identify the most effective strategies for unblocking the paths of social mobility in the United States. In the words of Lane Kenworthy, holder of the division’s Yankelovich Chair in Social Thought: “I think the smartest approach for most problems is to tackle them directly.”
Also working on narrowing a variety of opportunity gaps are the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, the Center for Research on Gender in the Professions and CREATE, the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence, among many others. It is fair to say that the division as a whole and its research centers – along with multiple individual researchers – take seriously our public mandate. We are committed to serving society.