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  • Department of Global Development
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  • Global Development
  • Communication
  • Environment
  • Climate

Political polarization, environmental justice and inclusion in higher education are a few of big issues faculty members will tackle in the next academic year as fellows at the Cornell Center for Social Sciences (CCSS).

The center has announced a dozen faculty fellows for its 2021-22 cohort, representing seven colleges and schools. The program seeks to nurture the work of primarily early-career faculty in the social sciences, providing time, resources and community to help them pursue and complete ambitious research projects.

Nominated by their deans, the fellows may be awarded up to $8,500 to support their work and will spend one semester in residency at CCSS. The fellows meet throughout the year to discuss their research, important topics in the social sciences and other professional development opportunities, building an atmosphere of intellectual exchange and interdisciplinary scholarship.

“This is one of the largest classes of fellows we have ever had and we are thrilled by the high-impact social science research each of these scholars has proposed,” said CCSS co-directors Sahara Byrne, professor in the Department of Communication, in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), and Peter K. Enns, professor in the Department of Government, in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S).

CALS faculty fellows who will serve CCSS residencies during fall 2021 and their projects are:

  • Jenny Goldstein, assistant professor in the Department of Global Development (CALS), is researching the transformation of Indonesia’s peatlands from forested wetlands into flammable landscapes over the past several decades. “Land of No Return: Indonesia’s Development Out of Ruins” will examine the peatlands as hotly contested sites of competing visions of tropical land restoration and development, with implications for the global climate.
  • Katherine Sender, professor in the Department of Communication (CALS), will advance a book project tentatively titled “Sexual Mobilities.” The book investigates how new media technologies and cheaper travel have precipitated the rapid transnational circulation of queer, transgender and sexual media.

For the full list of fellows, see the Cornell Chronicle. 

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