Social sciences students

About Us

The social sciences play a fundamental role within the Brandeis curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. > more

Social sciences students conduct anthropology research

Scholarship and Research

Promoting knowledge of social and cultural behavior across many different societies and eras, research and scholarship produced by professors within the Division is a central component of Brandeis’ mission as a liberal arts research university. > more

Social science professors tackle issues outside the normal classroom environment.


With faculty committed to student success, professors within the Division work with students inside and beyond the classroom to help students expand their depth and breadth of knowledge. > more

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 30, 2015

  • 3:30 pm, Artist Yoshua Okon presents as part of Art Race Activism. Discussion led by Fernando Rosenberg and Jose Falconi, room TBD.  For more information, please contact Laura Brown at

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

  • 12:00 pm, Carol Osler presents “Social-Psychological Forces on the Progress of Science”, Board of Trustees Room, Bernstein-Marcus. For more information, please contact Charity Adams at

Friday, December 4, 2015

  • 2:00 pm, Ellen Messer, Schwartz 103. For more information, please contact Laurel Carpenter

Ellen Messer will reflect on forty years of anthropological work on Hunger and Human Rights: Theory, Policy, and Practice. Her research areas include cross-cultural perspectives on the human right to food; biocultural determinants of food and nutrition intake; sustainable food systems (with special emphasis on the roles of NGOs); impacts of agrobiotechnology on hunger; and cultural history of nutrition, agriculture, and food science.

Monday, December 7, 2015 

  • 5:00 pm, Stan Brooks: From Brandeis to Hollywood, location tbd. For more information, please contact Charity Adams at

The road from Waltham to Hollywood can be both treacherous and rewarding. Just ask Brandeis alum Stan Brooks ‘79 (AMST), who has produced over sixty films and recently directed the indie feature PERFECT SISTERS starring Oscar winner Mira Sorvino and nominee Abigail Breslin. He will tell his story from creating a Film Festival in Deroy his Freshman year to running the Student Programming Board his Senior year and then venturing to Tinsel Town, winning the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries. Don’t miss this chance to talk movies and television with a Hollywood veteran.

  • 6:00 pm, Job Search Panel, Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex. For more information, please contact Eileen Kell

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

  • 3:30 pm, Sven Beckert (Harvard University), Olin Sang, 207. For more information please contact Dona DeLorenzo at

Thursday, April 7, 2016

  • 3:30 pm, Jennifer Morgan (New York University), Olin Sang 207. For more information, please contact Dona DeLorenzo at