Professors in the School of Social Science have participated actively in the most important contemporary debates about the meaning of  the "interpretive turn" in anthropology, history, and political theory; about the centrality of culture, language, ritual, and moral understandings in the study of society; about the character and direction of social change; and about the explanatory power of rational choice in the analysis of political decision-making and economic exchange. Although each faculty member is rooted in his or her own discipline, all do work that transcends disciplinary boundaries.


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Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor




Joan Wallach Scott
Michael Walzer


Former Faculty

Danielle S. Allen
Clifford Geertz
Albert O. Hirschman
Eric S. Maskin
Dani Rodrik