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We are thrilled to welcome students back to Queens College for ​the Fall 2021 semester!​

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:

  • taxation
  • business models
  • globalization
  • ethics
  • logic
  • philosophy of law
  • finance
  • international business
  • quantitative economics
  • 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
  • race, class,  gender
  • law, crime, society​
  • war and revolution
  • social work
  • data and society
  • data management
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Programs and Centers

Recent Events:​ News and Highlights:

Mellon sponsored event September 29, 2021: Community conversations Join the Dialogue event: The Changing Currents in Haiti: Can the Diaspora steer the tide?

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)

Melissa Checker's book, The Sustainability Myth, has won the 2021 Delmos Jones and Jagna Sharff Memorial Prize for the Critical Study of North America. This prize is awarded every other year for a book that addresses an important social issue to the discipline of anthropology, has broader implications for social change or justice, and is accessible beyond the discipline of anthropology. 

Prof. Juan Rodriguez Aponte's book  “Language and Revolutionary Magic in the Orinoco Delta” ​ has been selected by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology as the winner of the 2021 New Voices Book Prize. 

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.





 Office Information

Kate Pechenkina

Kate Pechenkina
Interim Dean of Faculty
School of Social Sciences​

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

Office Phone: 718-997-5210


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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