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By Social Science Space | Published: January 13, 2017
Anthony King, a political scientist whose career ranged from the most serious of scholarship to popular explanation on the BBC, has died at 82.
By Social Science Space | Published: January 10, 2017
Zygmunt Bauman, a Polish-born sociologist and social theorist whose influential work examined the intertwined themes of globalization, consumerism and modernity, has died at age 91.
By Howard J. Silver | Published: December 2, 2016
Erich Bloch was the first non-academic to serve as director of the NSF. Although a computer engineer by background, he recognized the value of the social and behavioral sciences.
By Social Science Space | Published: October 18, 2016
One of the first four graduates of MIT’s Department of Psychology and a pioneer for data-intensive studies of vision and cognition, Whitman Richards died on Sept. 16 at his home. He was 84.
By eSocialSciences | Published: September 9, 2016
Sociologist Sharit Kumar Bhowmik, best known for his work on informal labor and most specifically on street vendors in India, has died.
By Social Science Space | Published: March 23, 2016
John Urry, a sociologist probably best known for his work on mobilities but whose gaze also lit on issues ranging from tourism to energy use, from social change to complexity theory, died suddenly on March 18.
By Social Science Space | Published: March 14, 2016
Doreen Massey’s academic career combined the geographer’s focus on space with an advocate’s focus on inequality and class. Massey died Friday at age 72.
By Siobhan Austen and Darren O'Connell | Published: November 30, 2015
Douglass C. North's contributions to economic theory have had an enormous influence on how scholars understand institutions and the process of economic change.
By Social Science Space | Published: November 12, 2015
René Girard, whose academic career began in literary theory, and whose own theory of mimesis influenced people ranging from J.M. Coetzee to the founder of PayPal, died last week at his home at Stanford.
By Stephen Woodcock | Published: May 26, 2015
The impact of John Nash’s initial work has been immense over the past 65 years. It seems certain that in his absence, the frameworks and mathematical language he refined and developed will continue to provide new insights into a diverse range of problems.
By Howard J. Silver | Published: May 26, 2015
Making decisions without data soils the public policy process with ideology, partisan politics, and misinformation, all things the late Janet Norwood abhorred. Her voice, commitment, and professionalism will be sorely missed.
By Social Science Space | Published: May 15, 2015
Paula Kantor, an American social scientist working to improve the lot of women and children in Afghanistan, was among 13 civilians killed Thursday in an attack on a guesthouse in Kabul.