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We are thrilled to welcome students back to Queens College for ​the Fall 2021 semester!​
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The School of Social Sciences at QC unites academic disciplines that treat scholarship as a social and political act.​ Our school includes nine academic departments:

AccountingAccounting
  • taxation
  • business models
  • globalization
PhilosophyPhilosophy
  • ethics
  • logic
  • philosophy of law
EconomicsEconomics
  • finance
  • international business
  • quantitative economics
AnthropologyAnthropology
  • human ecology
  • language & ​society
  • material culture
  • culture & power
Political Science Political Science
  • government
  • leadership
  • communications
  • public relations
Urban Studies Urban Studies
  • labor studies 
  • urban planning 
  • cities and social medicine
  • environmental studies
HistoryHistory
  • race, class,  gender
  • law, crime, society​
  • war and revolution
SociologySociology
  • social work
  • data and society
  • data management
Graduate School of Library and Information Studies (GSLIS)
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Programs and Centers

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Recent Events: News and Highlights:

Mellon sponsored event on Mar​ch 25th. Professor Kara Schlichting (History Department) on Exploring Black New York History and Archives

CUNY Public Health information session:

Biden's 100 Days in Foreign Policy (QC Political Science Faculty Roundtable) on March 25th

Mellon sponsored eventMarch 18th 3:10-4:15 PM. Redefining Allyship: Racial and Gender Equity in Academia

by Tsedale M. Melaku.​

What's Behind Bolivia's Pandemic Woes? (Jorge C. Derpic & Calla Hummel)

Mellon sponsored event: March 16th 3:10-​4:15 PM: Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy and Premature Birth by Dána-Ain Davis (Urban Studies).​

March 3, 12:15 - 1:30 PM Panel on Law School and Beyond Thinking about law ​school, but want to know more? 

History Department hosted "A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism" by  Paul Hanebrink​. Click to watch the recording.


Mellon sponsored event, hosted by LALS on March 1st: “Women Movements and Reproductive Rights Reforms in Argentina” Dr. Cora Fernández Anderson (Mount Holyoke College) and Natalie Alcoba (Independent Journalist, Buenos Aires):


Chile Rewrites Its Constitution: A Turning Point for Democracy?' with Dr. Jenny Pribble:



How Healthy Is American Democracy? Faculty Roundtable (January 13, 2021)

Professors Núria Rodríguez-Planas and Rafael de Balanzó Joue (Economics Department) have been awarded $169,756​ by the Russell Sage Foundation for their project "Emergency Relief Fund for Undocumented and Low-Income Students: Evidence from CUNY, the Public University System in New York City​."

Professor Natalie Vena (Department of Urban Studies) on South Ozone Crisis: Failing Infrastructure, Environmental Racism:

“Why Good People Do Bad Things at Work” by Andrew J. Felo and Steven A. Solieri (Accounting Department) is the winner of the second annual Curt Verschoor Ethics Feature of the Year award.

Why Voter Turnout Started Dropping Way Back in 1896: Professor Vanessa Perez' research is featured on the CUNY website SUM.

Paper by Sajah Archer (Anthropology Major) "Indigenous Plant Medicine" has been accepted for presentation to the NY Undergraduate Anthropology Conference.

New article by Professor Vanessa Perez (Political Science) America's first voter identification laws: The effects of personal registration and declining political party competition on presidential election turnout, 1880–1916 has been published in Electoral Studies.

Professor Strassler's book,  Demanding images: Democracy, mediation, and the image-event in Indonesia.

Professor Tom Ort (History Department)  is the recipient of a NEH grant for Hispanic Serving Institutions for his project The Afterlife of a Death: Meaning, Memory, and the Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich.

Our alum, Raphael Kintzer (who graduated with Honors from Economics at QC) earned an M.S. in Data Science from Columbia University this Spring 2020.​

Priscila Soto, an Economics major, launched a new vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics line, Blameless by Pris​. Her company supports blameless animals and helps stop animal cruelty by designing a 100% cruelty-free collection of makeup product.

New article by Professor Anna Bounds (Sociology) “New Yorkers’ Street Smarts and Survival Smarts During the Pandemic: Preppers, Community Resilience and Local Citizenship” is forthcoming in Urbana.

In case you missed our recent student-lead discussion with Stephen R. Jackson, Ashley P. Fils-Aime, Tamara Rice, Christina Rivera, Brandon Tatis, and Sujen Wu Wu, moderated by Karl A. Mitchell on​Diversity and Inclusion in QC Curriculum​, please watch it on YouTube.​

Please join faculty and graduate students for a virtual Graduate Information Session to explore the Master's Program in Data Analytics and Applied Social Research at Queens College. Wednesday, December 9 at 12:15 PM, on Zoom.​

We are delighted to share that Núria Rodríguez-Planas, QC Professor of Economics, has published an article, entitled "Is the math gender gap associated with gender equality? Only in low-income countries​" at the Economics of Education Review.

language-and-revolutionary-magicNew book by QC Anthropology Professor Juan Rodriguez AponteLanguage and Revolutionary Magic in the Orinoco Delta. Bloomsbury Academic.

In case you missed our recent panel discussion with Drs. Dr. Fiona Vernal and Karren Dunkley on “Bringing Fresh Perspectives to Diversity And Inclusion in Education” on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 4:30 PM via watch the recording

New book by QC Professor of Sociology, Anna Maria Bounds"Bracing for the Apocalypse" Routledge Press.

Latin American and Latino Studies Program Lecture and Discussion, Prof. Carla Santamaria, Brooklyn College, "The New Keys of History: Reggaeton as a Mirror of the Puerto Rican Socio-Political Context in the 21 Century."​The event will be on Monday Nov 23rd 12:15-1:15 pm. To register, click here

Dana Davis’ book Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy and Premature Birth won the senior book prize given by the Association For Feminist Anthropology. It also won an honorable mention for the 2020 Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing, given by the Society for Humanistic Anthropology. And it was listed by NY Magazine as one of the top 7 books on anti-racism for 2020! This makes Reproductive Injustice one of the most award winning books of the year!

QC Major/Minor Fair We are inviting all students to join the QC Virtual Major/Minor fair: Nov 4th, 2020 • 12:15 to 1:30 pm to meet with academic advisors and learn about QC programs.

Professor Melissa Checker on Daily News: Will Biden’s plan backfire on low-income communities and people of color?

Professor Deidre Flowers selection for the eight cohort of A'Lelia Bundles Community Scholars program. During this time she will be conducting oral histories from students, faculty/staff, and parents associated with The Modern School its founder Mildred Louise Johnson.

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 Office Information

 
Kate Pechenkina

Kate Pechenkina
Interim Dean of Faculty
School of Social Sciences
Kate.Pechenkina@qc.cuny.edu​


Office Address:
Powdermaker Hall 335
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Queens, NY 11367-15​97

Office Phone: 718-997-5210


Fall 2021 events:

September 27, Monday

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

LALS-PSCI: Puerto Rican migrants to the U.S. since Hurricane Maria: struggles and achievements (Sponsored by Mellon Foundation).

Zadia M. Feliciano, Professor, Economics, Director LALS, Queens College

Click to register


September 29, Wednesday

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Africana Studies Presents:

The Changing Tides in Haiti: Can the Diaspora Steer the Tide? (Sponsored by Mellon Foundation).

Moderated by Prof. François Pierre-Louis

Discussants: Prof. Jean Eddy Saint Paul - Former Director CUNY Haitian Studies Institute

Attorney Leonie M. Hermantin - Haitian Neighborhood Center, Sant La

Cécile Accilien - Professor & Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies Dept.- Kennesaw State Univ.

Click to register


October 6, Wednesday

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

LALS-PSCI:  Mexican American Cultural Resistance In the US Southwest (Sponsored by Mellon Foundation).

Amanda Ellis, Assistant Professor, English, University of Houston

William Calvo-Quirós, Assistant Professor, American Culture and Latina/o Studies, University of Michigan

Click to register 


October 13, Wednesday

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Africana Studies Presents:

It's Your Campus QC! Building Solidarity Across Differences

- Student Workshop

Prof. Nadina Naber-Professor of Gender and Women's Studies Program & Global Asian Studies Program University of Illinois, Chicago

Click to register


October 18, Monday

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

LALS-PSCI: Modernismo and the Historical Avant-Gardes in Latin America from 1870 to 1935 (Sponsored by Mellon Foundation).

Brais Outes-León, Assistant Professor, Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Queens College

Click to register


October 20, Wednesday

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Africana Studies Presents:

Community Conversations - Brown Bag Series

The Thanksgiving Sewage Backup of 2019: Infrastructional Failure and Environmental Racism in South Ozone Park, Queens (Sponsored by Mellon Foundation).​

Natalie Bump Vena- Urban Studies

Click to register


October 25, Monday

12:15-1:30 PM

Rhonda Binda (Deputy Borough President Queens)

Building a Smart Borough

Professor Binda will outline how Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Jr. is building a smarter borough focused on four pillars of connectivity, mobility, resilience, and future of work. She will also preview plans with NYCEDC on creating an innovation district, the Borough President’s Queens Tech 2025 plan and how Queens College and the other higher education institutions can participate.

Moderated by Prof. Alex Reichl (Political Science)

Click to register


November 03, Wednesday

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

You are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience- A Fire Side Chat with Sis. Tarana Burke Founder #MeToo Movement

Click to register


November 8, Monday

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

LALS-PSCI: Brazilian Democracy: Prospects and Challenges (Sponsored by Mellon Foundation).

Daniela Campello, Professor of Political Science, Fundação Getúlio Vargas

Marcus Melo, Professor of Political Science, Federal University of Pernambuco

Click to register


November 17, Wednesday

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Africana Studies Presents:

Community Conversations - Brown Bag Series

Memnon: Of Ethiopia, In Athens, Under Rome (Sponsored by Mellon Foundation).

Joel Allen- History Department

Click to register


November 22, Monday

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

LALS-PSCI: Race, Politics and Descriptive Representation in Latin America (Sponsored by Mellon Foundation).​

Natália S. Bueno, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Emory College

Erica Townsend-Bell, Associate Professor, Political Science; Director, Center for Africana Studies, Oklahoma State University

Click to register

Congr​atulations to the recepients of the 2021 faculty awards in our division:

Schiro Withinachchi (Economics and BALA): Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Award
James Vacca (Urban Studies): Full-time faculty teaching award
Chihiro Shibata (Anthropology): Part-time faculty teaching award

Congr​atulations to Professor Arroyo Abad on receiving a highly competitive NSF Grant

Leticia Arroyo Abad (Economics): receives NSF funding for her project "Settlers, slaves, and merchants: the role of migrant networks in the economic development of the Americas​."
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