This brand-new research center, the first of its kind, was kickstarted by a $300,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The center is led by director Michael Kimmel, Distinguished Professor in our department.
This unique institute, initiated by a $10 million anonymous donation and matching
funds from the Simons Foundation, brings together social scientists, computer scientists
and natural scientists for cross-fertilization of ideas around large-scale data analysis
and high performance computing. Our own Arnout van de Rijt, Associate Professor of
Sociology, is one of the eight core faculty.
Since its founding in 2007, the Stony Brook Initiative in Historical Social Sciences (IHSS) has sought to foster ongoing conversations and collaboration between historians and social scientists. Within the Sociology Department by Nicholas Hoover Wilson and Daniel Levy.
The IHSS draws some two dozen faculty and graduate students from History and Sociology and other allied fields. Over the past decade the IHSS has sponsored a works-in-progress discussion workshop that regularly meets 2 to 3 times per semester. The IHSS Workshop mixes new Stony Brook faculty research with visits by innovative outside distinguished figures in the field, including Julia Adams, Karen Barkey, George Steinmetz, and Partha Chatterjee.