The spaces between fields- or the “borderlands” between disciplines- represent unique opportunities for social inquiry. The Scholarly Borderlands initiative, supported by funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, aims to shape the craft of social science by establishing interdisciplinary working groups and projects that ask novel questions, develop new frameworks, and find innovative answers. By encouraging dialogue and collaboration across analytical, methodological, and epistemological boundaries, the Council aims to build fresh ties within the social sciences while connecting them more robustly to work in the natural sciences and humanities.

Current Projects

Current topics under investigation by Scholarly Borderlands working groups include:

  • Big Data and Historical Social Science
  • History, Networks, and Evolution
  • Linking Race and Capitalism
  • Contextual Knowledge and Field Experimentation
  • Root Causes of Polarization