Our Mission

To advance social sc​ience research on questions of enduring global significance.

The Center for International Social Science Research is an eclectic intellectual community devoted to nourishing empirical, international research across the social sciences. We seek to spark and sustain critical discussions that traverse disciplinary, methodological, and geographic boundaries. CISSR supports work that informs and transforms debates on global issues within the academy and beyond.

Our Community

At CISSR, local and visiting scholars gather formally and informally to engage in internationally oriented conversation on an ongoing basis. Subscribe to email updates to stay connected and receive the latest news on CISSR projects and events.

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Our History

The Center for International Social Science Research succeeds the Center for International Studies (CIS). Established fifty years ago, CIS helped catalyze the integration of international perspectives into the University’s graduate and undergraduate programs. The successes of those efforts are visible across the university today, from the strength of our library collections and diversity of our language offerings to the richness of undergraduate opportunities such as the Program on the Global Environment, the Global Studies major, and the breadth of Civilizations Studies options.

Visit the Center for International Studies website to view archived program information and event recordings.