Call for Faculty Fellowship Proposals 



The Center for International Social Science Research (CISSR) invites University of Chicago faculty to submit proposals to join our cohort of Research Fellows for the 2020-2021 academic year. Through our Faculty Fellows program, CISSR funds individual and collaborative international, transnational and global projects that address contemporary and historical questions. Projects should be theoretically informed and empirically grounded and should stand to benefit from critical dialogue across disciplinary, methodological, and geographic boundaries.


University of Chicago faculty in any discipline or unit are welcome to apply. Priority will be given to projects led by faculty in the Division of the Social Sciences.


Submit applications via no later than 11:59 pm CST on November 22, 2019.

Financial Support

CISSR provides up to $25,000 for faculty research projects at any stage of development. Funds may be used for a wide range of research-related activities, including field and archival research, purchasing data, research assistance, or organizing a conference to plan and publish a special issue or edited volume.

Application Deadline

November 22, 2019




TUESDAY, Oct. 15


African Studies Workshop

On the Anthropocene and History in a Small Place in West Africa

Emily Lynn Osborn, University of Chicago

5:30pm, Foster Hall, Room 107

1130 E 59th St., Chicago, IL



Workshop on Latin America and the Caribbean, Center for Latin American Studies

The Virgin of Guadalupe Believes in the Inerrancy of the Bible: Catholic Religious Cultural Retainment among Evangelical Latino Chicagoans

Francesco Bianco

5:00pm, Kelly Hall, Room 114

5848 S University Ave., Chicago, IL 


Center for East Asian Studies, Franke Institute for the Humanities

Science, Technology, Studies and Japan: Animating Ecological Futures


9:00am,  Regenstein Library, Room S-102

1100 E 57th St., Chicago, IL


FRIDAY, Oct. 18


Empires and Atlantics Forum

Tiraana Baines, Yale University

12:00pm, CISSR Suite, Room 105

Refreshments will be served

5828 S University Ave., Chicago, IL 


TUESDAY, Oct. 22

African Studies Workshop

Intergenerational Memory Practices in Post-Genocide Rwanda

Zoë Berman, University of Chicago

5:30pm, Foster Hall, Room 107

1130 E 59th St., Chicago, IL


International House, UChicago Institute of Politics

IOP Speaker Series: Can Consumerism Save the Planet?

Tatiana Schlossberg

5:30pm,  International House Assembly Hall

1414 E 59th St., Chicago, IL

Registration required




University of Chicago Global Lecture Series: Center for East Asian Studies, Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Healthy Environment? Thinking About the Nuclear Accident in Fukushima, Japan

Hiroko Kumaki, University of Chicago

6:30pm, Blackstone Branch of the Chicago Public Library

4904 S Lake Park Ave., Chicago, IL



FRIDAY, Oct. 25

Seminary Co-Op, Center for the Study of Race Politics and Culture, Mansueto Institute, UChicago Urban

Legal Passing: Navigating Undocumented Life and Immigration Law

Angela S. Garcia, University of Chicago

6:00pm, Seminary Co-Op

5751 S Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL


University of Chicago Library

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

Documentary Screening

12:30pm,  Regenstein Library, Room A-11

Refreshments will be served

1100 E 57th St., Chicago, IL


MONDAY, Oct. 28

Center for Latin American Studies

Geo-logics: Mesoamerican Soil Taxonomies and Pedological Pluralism

Sarah Newman, University of Chicago

12:00pm, Foster Hall, Room 103

1130 E 59th St., Chicago, IL





Oct. 19 - Dec. 15

Smart Museum of Art

Bread, Butter, and Power

Meleko Mokgosi

Smart Museum of Art

5550 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago, IL  


Nov. 1


Empires and Atlantics Forum

Krishan Kumar, University of Virginia

12:00pm, CISSR Suite, Room 105

Refreshments will be provided

5828 S University Ave., Chicago, IL  


Nov. 5

African Studies Workshop Distinguished Lecture

Dress Codes: Cloth, Mobility and Self-Fashioning in Western Africa During the Age of  Revolutions

Jody Benjamin, University of California-Riverside

5:30pm, Franke Institute of the Humanities, Regenstein Library

1100 E 57th St., Chicago, IL


Nov. 7

Demography Workshop

HIV After 40 in Rural South Africa: Aging in the Context of an HIV/AIDS Epidemic 

Sanyu Majola, Princeton University

12:30pm, NORC Seminar Room, Room 232/233

1155 E 60th St., Chicago, IL


Nov. 12

Seminary Co-Op, Center for the Study of Race Politics and Culture

The Patchwork City: Class, Space, + Politics in Metro Manila

Marco Garrido, University of Chicago

6:00pm, 57th Street Books

1301 E 57th St., Chicago, IL 


African Studies Workshop, Smart Museum 

Lecture in Conjunction with the Smart Museum Exhibition, Meleko Mogosi: Bread, Butter, and Power

Hlonipha Mokoena, Witwatersrand University
5:30pm, Smart Museum of Art

5550 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago, IL  


Nov. 15


Empires and Atlantics Forum

Nikolay Antov, University of Arkansas

12:00pm, CISSR Suite, Room 105

Refreshments will be provided

5828 S. University Ave., Chicago, IL


Through Dec. 23

The University of Chicago Library

Exhibit: Understanding North Korea Through Stamps

Jee-Young Park

Regenstein Library, 5th Floor Reading Room

1100 E 57th St., Chicago, IL




How India’s Power Limits Criticism 

of its Kashmir Policy

CISSR Faculty Fellow Paul Staniland was quoted in a Business Standard article about the global community’s hesitance to openly criticize Modi’s decision to revoke the autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir. "There is little diplomatic upside to directly challenging India...”  Read more here...


Altamira Detention Facility Deadly Riot: 

"Mass incarceration swells the ranks of prison gangs by filling up prisons with potential new recruits"

A prison riot in an Altamira, Brazil led to the deaths of 58 inmates. The New York Times investigated, quoting CISSR Faculty Fellow, Benjamin Lessing in their discussion of violence in Brazil’s prisons and the unintended consequences of separating prisoners by gang affiliation. Read more here...


Can the Effects of Study Participation be Measured?

CISSR Director Jenny Trinitapoli’s recent research published in the American Sociological Review seeks to understand the effects of observational research and data collection on the communities being observed. This question and its data emerged from Professor Trinitapoli’s Tsogolo la Thanzi study in Malawi. Read more here...


Resolve, the Trump Administration, and Iran

The Washington Post leveraged CISSR Faculty Board Member Paul Poast’s research in their discussion of the Trump Administration's interactions with Iran. Poast’s research helps analyze the administration’s current position as well as the possibility of other messages in light of the U.S. public’s response to perceived accountability of action. Read more here...


How Does Divorce Effect Educational Outcomes?

Faculty Fellow Xi Song and co-authors had their research featured in UCLA Newsroom. The research explores the relationships between divorce, socioeconomic status, and children’s eventual educational achievement. Read more here...


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“The one things happen to”: 

Robert Launay & Noura Erakat 


In May, CISSR Faculty Fellow Darryl Li participated in a discussion at Seminary Co-Op with Noura Erakat, a  Palestinian American human rights attorney and Assistant Professor at George Mason University, regarding the questions raised in her book, Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine. Part of this discusion was later released as a section of Seminary Co-Op’s Open Stacks podcast. To listen..

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