Replication and Transparency in Social Science: Crisis or Crossroads? 

Conversations about transparency and reproducibility of scientific research are taking place across academia.  In the social sciences, some of these conversations are motivated by controversy, while others are driven by more mundane concerns about routine scientific practice and the nature of accumulating evidence. Regardless of the motivation, these conversations tend to take place within disciplinary enclaves or even narrower sub-fields.  This conference will seek to help participants better understand the contours of these debates, the solutions under consideration, and the possible negative consequences of those solutions.  The conference is designed to be: 1) interdisciplinary,       2) geared towards empirically oriented scholars working in the social sciences, broadly defined, and 3) methodologically inclusive (e.g., ethnographers, historians, quantitative scholars, etc.).

Friday, October 12, 2018

Cloister Club, Ida Noyes Hall

University of Chicago
1212 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637


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Postcard Collection of Colonial Korea goes live online 

The Postcard Collection of Colonial Korea is now available online. This Collection includes 8,000 postcard images depicting the cultural, industrial, and technological status of Korea from the first half of the 20th century. The Collection is a valuable visual resource for Korean studies at the University and will be a significant primary source for research.   Read more


HIRING: Grad-Student Archivist in Special Collections

Seeking graduate student research assistant to archive and catalogue materials in special collections. The student will work specifically with the materials of former University of Chicago faculty who made major contributions to International Social Science. 

Applicants should fill out the Library's student employment application and indicate their specific interest in working on the collaboration with CISSR. 


Applicants should also contact Allyson Smally (, Kathleen Feeney at the Library (, and Teresa Rodriguez ( to let them know that they have applied.


A new study by CISSR Faculty Fellow, Boaz Keysar, shows that if you’re tempted to cheat, you might want to check your language first

Boaz Keysar, professor of Psychology at University of Chicago and his co-author, Yoella Hereby-Meyer, professor of Psychology at Ben Gurion University, believe that people are more likely to tell the truth when using a foreign language.   Read more…



In the 2018-19 Academic Year, CISSR is hosting three faculty forums on topics related to our mission of nourishing empirical, international research across the social sciences. 

Check our website for regular updates about the speakers, readings, and schedules for:

History and Social Science

Empires & Atlantics

Religion & Social Science


CCIM Institute’s Annual Global Conference

CISSR Faculty Fellow and associate professor of Sociology, Kimberly Kay Hoang, will be a guest speaker at this year’s CCIM Institute’s Annual Global Conference on October 8th and 9th.  For more information, click here.

Bringing CCIM designees and other top real estate professionals together, the CCIM Global Conference is the international commercial real estate event for trading ideas that help shape the future of the industry. Past events have featured Steve Forbes, Emmitt Smith, CCIM, and senior executives from Cushman & Wakefield, Colliers International, WeWork, VTS, Fifth Third Bank, and Ten-X.


This fellowship program is currently accepting applications. 

The deadline is January 24, 2019.

To apply for funding, click here


Making Peace in Drug Wars

In his latest book, CISSR Faculty Fellow and associate professor of Political Science, Benjamin Lessing, explores alternate ways to combat drug cartels and the violence they inflict.  Professor Lessing says that he is encouraged by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s (Mexico’s President-elect) willingness to consider various options in Mexico's war against drugs and crime.  Lessing believes that Lopez-Obrador should adopt a strategy which reduces the number of violent homicides in places like Tecoman, which experiences among the highest murder rates in Mexico.  Read more


Congratulations to Faculty Fellow Francois G. Richards on his latest book, Reluctant Landscapes.  In his latest historical anthropology, Francois Richards, explores the impact of political experience among rural communities in the Siin province of Senegal between the late 1500s and the onset of World War II.  Read more...


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Emily Lynn Osborn enjoying a beach stroll on the island of Karabane, just off the coast of Senegal, 

during a trip to Casamance during the 1992–93 academic year. (All photos courtesy Emily Lynn Osborn)


An American in Dakar

In winter quarter 2018, current CISSR board member Emily Lynn Osborn and associate professor of History, led the College’s first study abroad program in West Africa. Twenty UChicago undergrads in the African Civilizations program traveled to Dakar, Senegal, where they lived with host families, studied French or Wolof, and learned about Senegalese culture firsthand.  Read more

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