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November 27, 2018

Applications Closed for Summer Institute

The fourth annual institute on “Organizations and their Effectiveness” will take place July 8-20, 2019. Applicants will be notified of their status in February 2019.

November 7, 2018

CASBS Announces New Board Members

The Center welcomes John Dabiri, Dave Hitz, Chien Lee, and Paul Ricci to its board of directors. Read the full announcement.
August 3, 2018

CASBS, CUHK Partner on New Fellowship

The partnership accelerates the Center's recent trend of building global collaborative relationships to further stimulate high-level research on tractable social science problems.
March 9, 2018

2018 Summer Institute Participants Announced

In 2016 the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) revived its storied history of summer institutes that have had transformative effects on a variety of social science fields, including behavioral economics, the study of contentious politics, and economic sociology. The institute on “Organizations and Their Effectiveness” in...

March 2, 2018

CASBS Announces 2018-19 Fellows

The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University is pleased to announce its 2018-19 fellows class, comprised of 37 scholars representing 18 U.S. institutions and 13 international institutions and programs.

The incoming class conduct research in a diversity of fields within or intersecting the...

March 1, 2018

Press Release: Nominations Open for 2018 SAGE-CASBS Award

Press Release

Contact: Mike Gaetani, CASBS mgaetani@stanford.edu / Tel: (650) 736-0119

Camille Gamboa camille.gamboa@sagepub.com / Tel: (805) 410-7441

Tiffany Medina tiffany.medina@sagepub.com / Tel: (805) 410-7612

Los Angeles, CA (March 1, 2018) The Center for Advanced Study in the...

February 27, 2018

Nominations Open for 2018 SAGE-CASBS Award

The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University and SAGE Publishing now are accepting nominations for the 2018 SAGE-CASBS Award.

View the official press release here

Submit your nomination here

The Award

Established in 2013, the SAGE-CASBS...

February 24, 2018

In Memoriam: Recent Losses to the CASBS Family, Winter 2018

We are sad to report the passing of members of the CASBS family. Click on the various links to learn about their lives and intellectual legacies. Are you aware of other recent losses in the CASBS family? Please let us know by sending an email to casbs-news@stanford.edu ....

December 13, 2017

CASBS on Medium

CASBS has a channel on Medium , an online publishing platform for reading, writing, and interacting with quality articles and stories. According to their website , "Medium taps into the brains of the world’s most insightful writers, thinkers, and storytellers to bring you...

November 16, 2017

Neil Smelser, Distinguished Sociologist and Former CASBS Director (1930-2017)

Neil Smelser, one of the most influential sociologists of his time, passed away at the age of 87 on October 2, 2017. Celebrated for his work on sociological theory as applied to economic institutions, collective behavior, social change, and personality, Smelser is widely credited as a foundational figure...

November 16, 2017

Former CASBS Associate Director Bob Scott Remembers Neil Smelser

By Bob Scott

The numbers of people who were privileged to have known Neil Smelser during their academic careers are legion, but I consider myself especially honored because I worked with him directly and on a daily basis throughout his entire seven-year...

November 16, 2017

Former CASBS Fellow Gary Marx (1987-88, 1996-97) Tribute to Neil Smelser

Neil Smelser: As Gifted and Gift Giver

The void created by the passing of a mentor who was central to one’s life is immense. It is as if a pillar anchoring one to life and meaning suddenly disintegrates. There is a material, reeling sense of instability and...

October 1, 2017

Meet the 2017-18 CASBS Class

The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University welcomed its 2017-18 residential fellows class in September 2017. The class is comprised of 38 fellows representing 25 institutions in the U.S. (19) and abroad (6). Twenty (53%) of the incoming fellows are female.

The new...

September 1, 2017

CASBS Welcomes 2017-18 Fellows Class

The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University welcomed its 2017-18 residential fellows class in early September. The class is comprised of 38 fellows representing 25 institutions in the U.S. (19) and abroad (6). Twenty (53%) of the incoming fellows are female.

The new...

July 26, 2017

Zen of the Typewriter: Q&A with Zephyr Frank

In the photos below you see 2016-17 fellow Zephyr Frank with his CASBS year weapon of choice: a manual typewriter. Why – so he can work in the middle of nowhere, without electricity? So he can remain impervious to cyber-attacks and power outages? So he can commune with...

July 26, 2017

Family of Fellows: Q&A with Robin Stryker

Robin Stryker , a 2016-17 CASBS fellow, is professor of sociology at the University of Arizona. With a collaborator, she just published “From Legal Doctrine to Social Transformation? Comparing Voting Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity and Fair Housing Legislation,” in the American Journal of...

July 25, 2017

Former Fellows News, Summer 2017

In early June, 2017, we put out a call via email for news and many of you responded. Did you not receive the email? Do you have news about your activities and accomplishments not included below? Please contact us at friends@casbs.org so we can share interesting news about...

July 24, 2017

Family of Fellows: Q&A with Andy Lakoff

Andrew Lakoff , a 2016-17 CASBS fellow, is associate professor of anthropology, sociology, and communication at the University of Southern California. His new book is Unprepared: Global Health in a Time of Emergency (Univ. of California Press).

OK so that’s pretty...

July 23, 2017

CASBS News and Notes, Summer 2017

Interval Update

Since the winter 2017 newsletter, two 2016-17 fellows participated in “Conversations at The Interval” salon talks as part of the Center’s ongoing partnership with the Long Now Foundation . On April 18, Jennifer Petersen delivered a talk on “Why Freedom of Speech...

July 23, 2017

A Conversation with Brenda and Arnold

“I want to give a shout-out to someone who got me on this path so many years ago – Professor Arnold Rampersad – who actually was my Intro to African American Literature professor at the University of Virginia when I was a first year undergraduate student.”...

June 30, 2017

CASBS, NUS Partner on New Fellowship

The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University is pleased to announce a new fellowship in partnership with the National University of Singapore (NUS). The fellowship, based at CASBS, is sponsored by the NUS Office of the Deputy President (Research and Technology) ,...

May 5, 2017

Wilson to Deliver 2017 SAGE-CASBS Award Lecture

William Julius Wilson, one of the nation’s most accomplished scholars of race, inequality, and poverty will deliver a public lecture on June 8 at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford .

William Julius Wilson is the...

March 30, 2017

William Julius Wilson to Receive 2017 SAGE-CASBS Award

One of the nation’s most accomplished scholars of race, inequality, and poverty will deliver a public award lecture on June 8 at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences .

SAGE Publishing and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences...

March 29, 2017

CASBS Announces 2017-18 Fellows

The Center is delighted to announce its 2017-18 class, comprised of 37 fellows representing 26 institutions in the U.S. (19) and abroad (7).

The new class of fellows also represent a diversity of fields across or intersecting with the social and behavioral sciences: architecture, communication, economics, electrical engineering/applied physics,...

March 13, 2017

Will Tiemeijer: The Cover Story

CASBS fellow Will Tiemeijer is a senior research fellow at The Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR), officially charged by the Dutch government with advising policymakers on social issues and long term policy based on the latest social research and scientific evidence. In his WRR capacity,...

March 8, 2017

Summer Institute Participants Announced

In 2016 CASBS revived its storied history of summer institutes that have had transformative effects on a variety of social science fields, including behavioral economics, the study of contentious politics, and economic sociology. The institute on “Organizations and Their Effectiveness” was a tremendous success that the...

March 8, 2017

CASBS News and Notes, Winter 2017

Fred Turner*

In the past few months, four fellows participated in “Conversations at The Interval ” as part of the Center’s ongoing partnership with the Long Now Foundation . On November 15, 2016, Fred Turner (CASBS fellow 2007-08, 2014-15) gave a talk on ...

March 8, 2017

2017 Summer Institute Participants Announced

In 2016 CASBS revived its storied history of summer institutes that have had transformative effects on a variety of social science fields, including behavioral economics, the study of contentious politics, and economic sociology. The institute on “Organizations and Their Effectiveness” was a tremendous success that the...

March 7, 2017

CASBS Joins Talks at Google Program

Do you know about Talks at Google ? If not, you might want to check it out, because CASBS now contributes to it.

The Talks at Google program features speakers who allow us “to find out what drives them and how they make our world...

March 7, 2017

Former Fellows News, Winter 2017

In January 2017 we put out a call via email for news and many of you responded. Did you not receive the email? Do you have news about your activities and accomplishments not included below? Please contact us at friends@casbs.org so we can share interesting news about...

March 7, 2017

In Memoriam: Recent Losses to the CASBS Family, Winter 2017

We are sad to report the passing of members of the CASBS family. Click on the various links to learn about their lives and intellectual legacies. Are you aware of other recent losses in the CASBS family? Please let us know by sending an email to friends@casbs.org ....

January 9, 2017

Four Former Fellows Elected to AAPSS

The American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS) elected five scholars as AAPSS Fellows, “in recognition of their contributions to society through research and public service.” Remarkably, four of the five – Lawrence Bobo, Timothy Smeeding, Claude Steele, and CASBS director Margaret Levi – are former...

November 17, 2016

CASBS News and Notes, Fall 2016

Research affiliate Daniel Bell published a piece in The World Post on the West avoiding a colonial mindset regarding China.

Fellow Brooke Blower and colleagues just launched a new journal, Modern American History , published by Cambridge University Press. View a...

November 15, 2016

In Memoriam: Recent Losses to the CASBS Family, fall 2016

We are sad to report the passing of several former CASBS fellows. Click on the various links to learn about their lives and intellectual legacies. Aware of other recent losses in the CASBS family? Please let us know by sending an email to friends@casbs.org .

Would you like...

November 14, 2016

2016-17 Class Fills the Hill

The 2016-17 class, the Center’s largest in years, comprises 38 fellows, five visiting scholars, and seven research affiliates representing a variety of fields within the social and behavioral sciences. (You can read class biographies and sketches of each scholar’s proposed research project here .) They, as with classes before...

November 8, 2016

Former Fellows News, Fall 2016

In September 2016 we put out a call via email for news and many of you responded. Did you not receive the email? Do you have news about your activities and accomplishments not included below? Please contact us at friends@casbs.org so we can share interesting news about...

October 24, 2016

CASBS, Taiwan Government Partner on New Fellowship

The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University is pleased to announce a new Stanford-Taiwan Social Science (STSS) fellowship. The fellowship, based at CASBS, is sponsored by the Science and Technology Policy Research and Information Center (STPI) within the National Applied Research Laboratories of Taiwan...

October 19, 2016

Woodward Inducted into AAAS

CASBS fellow James Woodward was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) at a ceremony held October 8, 2016, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Woodward is the latest of more than 150 CASBS fellows inducted into AAAS over the Center’s 62-year history. Current CASBS...

October 11, 2016

Nominations Open for 2017 SAGE-CASBS Award

The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University and SAGE Publishing now are accepting nominations for the 2017 SAGE-CASBS Award.

View the official press release here.

The Award

Established in 2013, the SAGE-CASBS Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the behavioral and...

October 11, 2016

Press Release: Nominations Open for 2017 SAGE-CASBS Award

Established in 2013, the SAGE-CASBS Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the behavioral and social sciences that advance our understanding of pressing social issues. It underscores the role of the social and behavioral sciences in enriching and enhancing public policy and good governance.
September 21, 2016

Verghese Receives National Humanities Medal

Abraham Verghese, a Stanford University School of Medicine professor and 2016-17 research affiliate at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford, is one of 12 distinguished recipients of the 2015 National Humanities Medal.

Awarded since 1997, the National Humanities Medal recognizes individuals and...

September 14, 2016

Nominations Open for SAGE-CASBS Award

The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University and SAGE Publishing now are accepting nominations for the 2017 SAGE-CASBS Award.

View the official press release here

The Award

Established in 2013, the SAGE-CASBS Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the behavioral...

September 9, 2016

Summer Institute Poised to Build on 2016 Success

For decades CASBS has played a central role in defining and integrating the disciplines that study organizations. Robert Merton and Herbert Simon were among the Center’s founders. Some of the most critical, foundational work in the field was pioneered at CASBS by towering figures, including Kenneth Arrow,...

August 15, 2016

Five Former Fellows Elected to APS

In spring 2016 the American Philosophical Society (APS), one of the eminent scholarly organizations in American cultural and intellectual life, announced its newest elected members . Among six scholars elected in the social sciences, five are former Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Science (CASBS) fellows....

July 7, 2016

Other Notes about & Parting Messages from 2015-16 Fellows

Notes

Shelley Correll co-authored an article in Harvard Business Review , “ Vague Feedback is Holding Women Back ,” which explains that “women are systematically less likely to receive specific feedback tied to outcomes, both when they receive praise and when the feedback is developmental. In other words,...

June 27, 2016

In Memoriam: Recent Losses to the CASBS Family

We are sad to report the passing of several former CASBS fellows. Click on the various links to learn about their lives and intellectual legacies. Aware of other recent losses in the CASBS family? Please let us know by sending an email to friends@casbs.org .

Would...

June 25, 2016

CASBS Revives Summer Institutes

The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University boasts a storied history of organizing summer institutes that have had transformative effects on a variety of social science fields, including behavioral economics, the study of contentious politics, and economic sociology. During summer 2016, from June 27-July...

June 24, 2016

Media Attention, Book Release Cap Productive Year for Moen

CASBS fellow Phyllis Moen is lead author of a new study showing that workers who participate in a pilot work flexibility program report improved overall well-being compared with employees within the same work environment who do not participate. The study is notable because it is the first to use a...

June 1, 2016

Former Fellows News, Summer 2016

In May 2016 we put out a call via email for news and many of you responded. Did you not receive the email? Do you have news about your activities and accomplishments not included below? Please contact us at friends@casbs.org so we can share interesting news about...

May 20, 2016

CASBS Announces Class of 2016-17

The Center is delighted to announce the class of 2016-17, which includes 38 fellows, seven research affiliates, and five visiting scholars.

The incoming class represents a diversity of fields within the social and behavioral sciences: anthropology, communication, earth sciences, education, geography, history, language and literature, law, medicine,...

May 20, 2016

Slingerland, Chignell Give Salon Talks in S.F.

Continuing the Center’s collaboration with The Long Now Foundation, 2015-16 CASBS fellows Edward Slingerland and Andrew Chignell delivered separate talks at the Long Now’s salon series held at The Interval in San Francisco. The Interval is a bar, café, museum, and...

May 17, 2016

Levi Inducted into National Academy of Sciences

Former CASBS fellow and current CASBS director Margaret Levi was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) during its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on April 30, 2016. As previously reported , Levi was elected to NAS last year. Levi's election and induction is no small achievement. She...

May 11, 2016

Three Former Fellows Elected to NAS

In a May 3 press release , the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced the election of 84 new members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Three former CASBS fellows are among them: Jennifer Eberhardt (CASBS fellow 2005-06), Hazel Markus (1980-81, 1995-96,...

May 6, 2016

Loury Elected AEA Distinguished Fellow

CASBS fellow Glenn Loury has been elected a Distinguished Fellow by the American Economic Association (AEA). The AEA announced the honor in an April 29 press release .

He is the 51st AEA fellow to have been awarded a CASBS fellowship as well.

Established in 1885,...

April 22, 2016

Eleven Former Fellows Elected to AAAS

On April 20, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) announced the election of 213 new members . They include some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, artists, and writers worldwide. Among the new members are 11 former CASBS fellows:

Michelene T.H....

April 21, 2016

Bowen Wins Carnegie Award

Former CASBS fellow John R. Bowen (class of 1995-96) is among just 33 recipients of an Andrew Carnegie Fellows award. The Andrew Carnegie Corporation of New York announced the winners on Tuesday.

A sociocultural anthropologist, since 2000 Bowen has held the title of Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor...

April 16, 2016

Six Former Fellows Win Guggenheim Fellowships

Six former CASBS fellows are among a diverse group of 178 scholars, artists, and scientists awarded prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships.

The six former fellows – Adam Berinsky (CASBS class of 2010), Victor Caston (2004), Kathleen Gerson (2012), Diana Mutz (2000), Carla Peterson (1988), and Jing Tsu (2012) – were selected...

March 21, 2016

Jiang Offers Insights on Taiwan Elections

On January 16, 2016, Taiwan held general elections in which Tsai Ing-wen, leader of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ascended tothe Presidency with 56.1% of the popular vote. The DPP also secured a majority in Taiwan’s legislature, marking the first time the DPP won both the presidency and a majority...

January 28, 2016

CASBS Expands Public Symposium Series

In 2014-15 CASBS launched a public symposium series, held at the Center and showcasing the work of current CASBS-affiliated scholars. The inaugural series focused on the theme of “Thinking Across Boundaries” and featured talks involving computer science, best practices in health care, and mindset research.

Based on...

January 27, 2016

2015-16 Class Takes to the Hill

The current CASBS cohort – composed of 36 fellows, six research affiliates, and two visiting scholars – arrived in September and continues the tradition of adding a new layer of depth and richness to the Center’s intellectual life and fabric. They are a multi-disciplinary set of scholars who are leaders...

December 18, 2015

VIDEO: Levi on Trust, Confidence, & Big Data

As part of its upcoming course called “Beyond Big Data,” Worldview Stanford interviewed CASBS director Margaret Levi, who focused on trust and confidence in institutions in the Internet age.

It’s essential that a course on Big Data involves perspectives from the social and behavioral sciences. What distinguishes...

December 11, 2015

CASBS Partnership with the Long Now Foundation

In early 2015 CASBS announced a new collaboration with The Long Now Foundation in San Francisco. Since May of that year, CASBS fellows and affiliates have appeared regularly as part of the foundation’s Conversations at The Interval series of salon talks. The Interval is...

December 11, 2015

Harrell Wins Grants to Advance Research in Digital Technology & Social Science

Former CASBS fellow (2014-15) Fox Harrell, associate professor of digital media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has been awarded several grants – including one from the National Science Foundation (NSF) – to advance research at the intersection of social science and digital technology. The grants, amounting to $1.35...

December 10, 2015

Former CASBS Fellow and Nobel Laureate Douglass North, 1920-2015

Douglass North, a CASBS fellow in 1987-88 and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1993, was for decades his discipline's preeminent scholar of institutions. His work on economic history, and his ideas about economic development continue to influence intellectual discourse across the social sciences.

...

December 4, 2015

CASBS Announces Latest Board Members

The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) added four members to its board of directors during 2015. The group brings an impressive diversity of accomplishments, experience, and talents, reflecting the Center’s spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration in social and behavioral sciences research that advances knowledge and...

November 20, 2015

Correll's Leadership in Gender Equality Profiled

CASBS fellow and Stanford sociology professor Shelley Correll is the subject of an in-depth profile in Palo Alto Online called “Pressing Ahead with the Gender Revolution.” The article highlights her stellar work aimed at achieving equality for women in and out of academia, including her landmark “motherhood penalty” research as...

November 16, 2015

Gilens Inducted into AAAS

Current CASBS fellow Martin Gilens was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) at a ceremony on October 10, 2015 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded in 1780, AAAS is one of the country's oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, and currently includes about 4,600 members....

November 16, 2015

Bell Garners Media Attention, Accolades for "The China Model"

In June former CASBS fellow (2003-4) and current CASBS Research Affiliate Daniel Bell published The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy (Princeton Univ. Press). A timely and original work that is stirring interest and debate , the book looks at a...

November 10, 2015

Morphys Give Salon Talk in S.F.

Continuing the Center’s collaboration with The Long Now Foundation, CASBS research affiliates Frances Morphy and Howard Morphy gave a talk at the Long Now’s salon series held at The Interval in San Francisco on November 3. The Interval is a bar, café, museum, and social hub...

November 9, 2015

Slingerland on Success without Effort

CASBS fellow Edward Slingerland outlines some of the central themes of his book Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity (paperback edition released 2015) in a recent article in The Psychologist , a publication of The British Psychological Society.

In the piece Slingerland describes the early...

November 5, 2015

Velez-Ibanez Named Corresponding Member of AMC

Former CASBS fellow (1993-94) Carlos Velez-Ibanez has been named a Corresponding Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences (Academia Mexicana de Ciencias, or AMC). The AMC, founded in 1959, is part of the InterAmerican Network of Academies of Sciences which includes, among others, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. The...

November 4, 2015

Blaydes Co-authors Article on Defeating ISIS in Iraq

Writing in The Atlantic , CASBS fellow and Stanford associate professor Lisa Blaydes, with co-author Martha Crenshaw, unpack the political bargain that must be struck in Iraq in order to defeat ISIS there. In countering the prevailing narrative, Blaydes and Crenshaw assert that

Iraq isn’t so much innately divided...

October 30, 2015

Press Release: Kenneth Prewitt Recipient of 2015 SAGE-CASBS Award

Press Release

Contact: (US) Camille Gamboa Camille.gamboa@sagepub.com / Tel: 805-410-7441

(UK) Katie Baker katie.baker@sagepub.co.uk / Tel: +44 (0)20 7324 8719

Kenneth Prewitt selected as the 2015 SAGE-CASBS Award Recipient

Former Census Director to be honored at the 2015 Behavioral & Social Science Summit at...

October 23, 2015

Howe Wins Book Award

Novelist and CASBS visiting scholar Katherine Howe won the 2015 Massachusetts Book Award for middle grade and young adult literature for her historical thriller Conversion . The award recognizes significant works published by Massachusetts residents or about Massachusetts subjects. Howe is a part-time resident of the state....

October 15, 2015

Risman Inducted into Sociological Research Association

CASBS fellow Barbara Risman , an expert on gender, sexuality, marriage, and family, has been inducted into the Sociological Research Association, an honor society of sociological scholars founded in 1936 and comprises approximately 425 members from the United States and Canada. The association’s mission is to recognize and...

October 14, 2015

Murphy Promotes Diversity in Tech through Mindset Scholars Network

CASBS fellow Mary Murphy is the coauthor, with Stanford University’s Greg Walton, of “ 15 Hacks for Building Diversity in Tech ,” an issue brief published in September that describes changes companies can make to be more diverse and inclusive. The brief was written under the auspices of...

October 14, 2015

Hyman in Huffington Post: Put Payday Lenders out of Business

In the blog he writes for the Huffington Post , CASBS fellow Louis Hyman published a piece on October 2 that advocates for protecting the working poor from predatory lending practices, some of which result in effective interest rates above 300 percent. He pushes regulators to allow...

October 14, 2015

Fellowship Opportunity: CASBS 2016 Summer Institute on Organizations and their Effectiveness

Directed by Robert Gibbons (economics and management, MIT) and Woody Powell (education and sociology, Stanford), the CASBS 2016 summer institute on Organizations and their Effectiveness will take place from June 27 through July 8, 2016. Ten fellowships will be awarded to cover tuition, room and board, and travel. The application...

October 14, 2015

Rasmussen’s Book Wins Praise from the British Medical Association

CASBS fellow Nicolas Rasmussen’s book Gene Jockeys: Life Science and the Rise of Biotech Enterprise (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2014) received a coveted “Highly Commended” designation from the British Medical Association (BMA) on September 3 when the BMA its 2015 Medical Book Awards. The awards take...

October 14, 2015

Murphy Featured on the “Academic Minute” (audio)

On October 1, CASBS fellow Mary Murphy was the featured guest on Inside Higher Ed’s “Academic Minute.” In the recorded audio segment, Murphy explores how women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields can feel marginalized. Listen to the segment here.

Murphy’s work focuses on...

October 14, 2015

Moen Co-authors Award-Winning Article

CASBS fellow Phyllis Moen is coauthor of an article published in the American Sociological Review that, on October 1, received the 2015 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research . Issued by the Boston College Center for Work & Family, the award was given for the...

October 9, 2015

Stanford Cyber Initiative to Sponsor One 2016–17 CASBS Fellowship

New in 2016-17, the Stanford Cyber Initiative is supporting one fellow at CASBS who will be engaged in producing policy-relevant research on the integration of cyber technologies into our ways of life and informing debates about urgent cyber issues. Stanford has organized its initiative around the study of “cyber-social systems”...

September 9, 2015

Levi Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Margaret Levi, the Sara Miller McCune Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) as well as professor of political science at Stanford, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Levi is one of four former CASBS fellows elected to NAS in...

August 3, 2015

CASBS Project on Future of Work and Workers

What worries you most—and/or excites you most—about the future of work and workers? With support from The Rockefeller Foundation , CASBS asked this of business and union leaders, social scientists, technology visionaries, activists, and journalists around the world.

Check out the answers...

July 21, 2015

Andrei S. Markovits Wins University of Michigan Press Book Award

Former CASBS fellow Andrei S. Markovits is the 2015 winner of the University of Michigan Press Book Award. Markovits worked on From Property to Family: American Dog Rescue and the Discourse of Compassion (coauthored with Kate Crosby) during his 2008-09 fellowship year at the Center. The book examines the transformation...

July 20, 2015

CASBS Fellowship Applications Open for 2016-17

The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University is now accepting online fellowship applications for the academic year 2016-17. To learn more about the requirements and the application process, please review our Application Instructions .

June 29, 2015

Glenn Loury Advises Congress

Incoming CASBS Fellow Glenn Loury (2015-16) recently presented at a session hosted by Congress on matters related to prison overpopulation in the US and its effects on minority communities. Previously, Loury had served on the National Research Committee of the National Academy of Sciences, which released a widely...

June 10, 2015

Valentina Bosetti at The Interval: “Life’s a Great Balancing Act”

CASBS Fellow Valentina Bosetti will speak at The Interval at Fort Mason in San Francisco on Tuesday, June 23 rd at 7:30 p.m. For tickets to her talk “Life’s a Great Balancing Act” go to The Interval .

An economist from Bocconi University in Italy, Bosetti’s research...

June 10, 2015

Essay on CASBS

In my study at night, it becomes very quiet. Twinkling lights stretch out across the bay. The owls call out in a language unknown to me. There are no birds to see in the dark, so I look for the moon.

Something happens in this kind of place that...

June 10, 2015

Thoughts about My Second Go-Around

Thoughts about My Second Go-Round

B. Gibbons March, 2015

This is my second fellowship at CASBS, and I am realizing that this one is even more formative than the first. But some (great) things haven’t changed.

First, the gift of time remains precious and the gift of uninterrupted...

June 10, 2015

Tyler Collection

We asked the current group of CASBS fellows for their perspectives on influential works in the Tyler Collection. The responses ranged from surprise at finding a cornerstone economics textbook to the nomination of works that have defined disciplines.

Kyle Bagwell, Economics, Stanford University Two books that...

June 10, 2015

The CASBS 2014-15 Class

The 28 fellows, 12 consulting scholars, and two visiting scholars in residence during 2014-15 made their mark on the intellectual and social life of the Center, and in turn were impacted by it. Here are some things by them and about them.

Former CASBS board member and two-time fellow...
June 10, 2015

Ghosts in the Study

We asked the CASBS Fellows of 2014-15 which of the former in habitants of their studies (the Ghosts listed outside each room) they would most like to speak with. Their responses follow:

Kyle Bagwell, Donald L. Lucas Professor in Economics, Stanford University.

“One of my ghosts is Bob...

June 5, 2015

Maryanne Wolf at The Interval: “The Changing Reading Brain in a Digital Culture”

CASBS Fellow Maryanne Wolf will speak at The Interval at Fort Mason in San Francisco on Tuesday, July 14th at 7:30 p.m. For tickets to her talk “The Changing Reading Brain in a Digital Culture” go to The Interval .

A faculty member in psychology and education...

June 4, 2015

Giving and Jean MacCluer

60th Anniversary Gifts

The extraordinary generosity of the CASBS community is evident in your gifts commemorating the Center’s 60th Anniversary, including:

Reading Room. Gift of William H. Neukom in memory of Ruth H. and John G. Neukom

Trellised Patio. Gift of Richard I. Shader, M.D. in...

June 4, 2015

Phil Converse Tribute

Phil Converse was the Center's fourth Director, serving in that position from 1989 to 1994. His standing in the social and behavioral community was, of course, already well established long before he became Director. One colleague at the University of Michigan, Donald Kinder, describes Phil as" one of the most...

June 4, 2015

Poverty and Social Exclusion at a Cellular Level

Are the daily stresses of living in some of the poorest neighborhoods in America struggling to cope with chronic ill health, to stay safe, to feed hungry kids written in the body at a cellular level?

Two-time CASBS Fellow Arline Geronimus (2007-08, 2014-15) investigated that question as the lead...

June 4, 2015

Measurement Matters In The Application Of Mindset

MacArthur Award winner and CASBS Consulting Scholar Angela Duckworth and Mindset Scholars Network(MSN) Co-Chair and CASBS Fellow David Yeager concluded the 2014-15 CASBS Symposium Series with a presentation on “ The Psychology of Effort .” This and other CASBS videos can be viewed on the CASBS...

June 3, 2015

Elevating Common Knowledge

Political scientist Michael Chwe (CASBS Fellow 2014-15), had a well deserved, if unexpected, period in the spotlight when a book he wrote 14 years ago, Rational Ritual , was chosen by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for his 2015 “ A Year in Books ” online book club. The choice of...

May 7, 2015

Mindset Scholars Network Extends Reach, Influence

CASBS increasingly is positioning itself as a magnet for interdisciplinary, collaborative groups of researchers who focus on major tractable social science issues and problems over time. This broad effort has begun to produce significant, innovative advances in research, with the Mindset Scholars Network as an excellent, early exemplar....

April 3, 2015

CASBS Announces Class of 2015-16

We’re delighted to announce the Class of 2015-16. The incoming class represents a diversity of fields within the behavioral sciences: anthropology, economics, geography, history, law, medicine, philosophy, political science, psychology, public health, public policy, religion and sociology.

In addition to this year’s cohort of fellows, research affiliates...

March 18, 2015

Zuckerberg Recommends Kuhn

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recommends Thomas Kuhn’s seminal book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions to his followers as part of his “A Year in Books” project. Business Insider carried the story here on March 18, 2015.

Kuhn began thinking about the book, the most cited work...

January 27, 2015

CASBS Remembers Psychiatrist Robert S. Wallerstein

Two-time CASBS Fellow (Classes of 1965-66 and 1982-83) Robert Wallerstein died on December 19, 2014 at the age of 94. Wallerstein’s extensive accomplishments and generous personality are outlined in this obituary in the San Francisco Chronicle , and in this memorial published by the...

January 22, 2015

CASBS Welcomes New Board Members

CASBS welcomes two new members to our Board:

Shona L. Brown Google Emeritus

Mariano-Florentino "Tino" Cuellar Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court

Click here to see a full listing of our exemplary board and read their bios.

January 15, 2015

Former Fellow Receives Prestigious Canadian Honor

Albert Bandura, the David Starr Jordan Professor, Emeritus, at Stanford University and CASBS Fellow, 1969-1970, has been appointed to the Order of Canada. Acknowledgement of the award in the Stanford daily news roundup “The Dish,” includes a link to a feature length article on Bandura’s life and career...

January 7, 2015

American Studies Scholar and Former CASBS Fellow Sacvan Bercovitch Dies.

Sacvan Bercovitch, Harvard University’s Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, Emeritus at his death, served as President of the American Studies Association in 1982-83 and was awarded the Bode-Pearson Prize for Lifetime Achievement in American Studies in 2007. His life and work, including his fellowship at CASBS (1979-80) is...

January 5, 2015

Former CASBS Director Philip E. Converse, 1928-2014

Philip E. Converse, CASBS Director 1989-1994, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Michigan (Ph.D 1958), was a seminal figure in the field of public opinion research. A political scientist with degrees in English, sociology, and social psychology, he was a CASBS Fellow in 1980.

The American...

December 18, 2014

What the International Response to the Civil Rights Movment Tells Us About Ferguson

Current CASBS Fellow, Mary Dudziak is quoted in a Time magazine article that considers whether international concerns over the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and the protests that followed, could influence federal government policy.

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December 18, 2014

The Hewlett Foundation on Support for Scientific Integrity

The concern over high levels of irreproducibility of scientific research findings is discussed in the The Hewlett Foundation blog post: Facts are Stubborn Things (Except When They’re Not). The article mentions the Foundation’s support of the work of the Scientific Integrity Group at CASBS.

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December 18, 2014

CASBS Fellow’s Research on Climate Change Published in Nature

Current CASBS Fellow Massimo Tavoni is lead author on a paper published in Nature, Climate Change. The article: “Post-2020 climate agreements in the major economies assessed in the light of global models”, was reported on in Newsweek magazine as part of their assessment of the international climate agreement signed in...

December 9, 2014

Ferguson and Garner Cases Hurt U.S. Foreign Policy

Protests following the shooting of Eric Garner and Michael Brown have put the issue of race relations in the United States on the front pages of news media around the world. Current CASBS Fellow Mary L. Dudziak, is interviewed in Newsweek on the detrimental effect of the protests on US...

November 24, 2014

CASBS Director Featured in Edge Interview

In a conversation entitled Entwined Fates , CASBS Director, Margaret Levi, talks about her research into communities of fate with Edge.org editor, John Brockman.

“The thing that interests me has to do with how we evoke, from people, the ethical commitments that they have, or...

November 20, 2014

The City in Social Science Space

The 2014 Behavioral and Social Science Summit, hosted by CASBS in conjunction with the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), was featured in social science space.

The article, “Tales from The City, the Behavioral Science Summit,” detailed the wide variety of perspectives, ranging from the pessimistic...

November 20, 2014

CASBS Fellows Win National Medals of Science

President Obama presented National Medals of Science to two former CASBS fellows. Robert Axelrod, Professor of Political Science at University of Michigan, CASBS Class of 1976-77 and 1981-82, and Jerrold Meinwald, Professor of Chemistry at Cornell University, CASBS Class of 1989-90, were honored for outstanding contributions in their fields....

November 6, 2014

Levi Profiled in Social Science Space

Social Science Space considers both the legacy, and the future potential of CASBS in an interview with the Director, Margaret Levi. The interview, A Pioneering Behavioral Science Think Tank at the Crossroads, engages Professor Levi on the changing nature of interdisciplinarity, and explores her goals for the Center.

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November 5, 2014

Pedro Noguera To Receive 2014 SAGE-CASBS Award

SAGE and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (CASBS) are delighted to announce that Dr. Pedro Noguera is the 2014 recipient of the SAGE-CASBS award. Established in 2013, the award recognizes outstanding achievement in advancing the understanding of the behavioral and social sciences as...

November 4, 2014

CASBS 60th Anniversary Website Launched

Please visit our Commemorative 60th Anniversary website at http://www-casbs.stanford.edu/60th , "Celebrating 60 Extraordinary Years of Fellowship 1955-2015".

November 3, 2014

Former CASBS Fellow Wins Calderone Public Health Prize

Jack Geiger, MD, CASBS Class of 1988, was awarded the Frank A. Calderone Prize in Public Health. Dr. Geiger designed the community health center model in the United States. The award honors a career spent illuminating “inextricable links between human rights and health.”

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October 17, 2014

CASBS Board Member on Modern Misconceptions of Democracy

CASBS Board Member, Josiah Ober, a Stanford Classics and Political Science Professor, draws on political theory, game theory, and the classical Athenian definition of democracy to argue that contemporary expectations of the transformative power of democracy may be unrealistic.

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October 16, 2014

When Ignorance Feels Like Confidence

Former Fellow, David Dunning, described as a “leading researcher on the psychology of human wrongness,” authored the cover story for the current edition of Pacific Standard. In “Confident Idiots,” Dunning explores how incompetent people are often blessed with inappropriate levels of confidence.

October 6, 2014

Military Conflict More a Constant Than an Aberration

Current CASBS Fellow Mary L. Dudziak is quoted in a Los Angeles Times Op-Ed entitled: “Why war” It’s a question Americans should be asking.” The piece includes Dudziak’s assertion that: “Military conflict has been going on for decades, yet public policy rests on the false assumption that it is an...

September 30, 2014

Current Fellow’s Literacy Work Featured in Smithsonian Magazine

Current CASBS Fellow Maryanne Wolf is interviewed in Smithsonian Magazine about the “black hole of American education” – the fourth grade. In an article titled Are Tablets the Way Out of Child Illiteracy? Wolf explains: “If the kids are not fluent —if they don’t have that repertoire of what the...

September 25, 2014

Mindset Scholars Work Outlined in Slate

Why does this matter? Slate magazine outlines research by members of the CASBS Mindset Scholars Network on the importance of allowing students to find relevance in their studies. Two studies, the first by current CASBS Fellow Chris Hulleman, the second by Fellow David Yeager and CASBS Consulting Scholar Angela Duckworth,...

September 25, 2014

Helping Teens Dodge Depression

Current CASBS Fellow David Yeager’s study of depressed teens suggests that convincing kids that things can get better can help mitigate high rates of depression.

Read more in the NPR Blog, “Shots”

September 22, 2014

The Scent of Political Ideology

Former CASBS Fellow Rose McDermott (2009-10) has her research into the way we are attracted to others with similar political beliefs outlined in Pacific Standard . McDermott found that to a small, but observable, degree we are attracted to the body odor of people who share our political point of...

September 22, 2014

CASBS Linguist on “The Language of Food”

Professor and Chair of Linguistics at Stanford University, Dan Jurafsky, is receiving media attention following the release of the book he worked on as a CASBS Fellow (2012-13). “The Language of Food” was the subject of this article in The New York Times Dining and Wine section....

September 17, 2014

Teamwork Boosts Motivation

Research into the benefits of working in partnership by CASBS Consulting Scholar, Gregory Walton, was highlighted in the Stanford Report. Walton’s research demonstrates that working with others affords enormous social and personal benefits.

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September 17, 2014

CASBS Board Member named 2014 MacArthur Foundation Fellow

Jennifer Eberhardt, CASBS Board Member, CASBS Fellow 2006, and Associate Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, received a prestigious MacArthur Foundation Award for her research into racial bias and its effect on the criminalization of African Americans.

Read more about the award here

September 16, 2014

Making study personal and social leads to better results

Research by current CASBS Fellow Chris Hulleman and CASBS Consulting Scholar Greg Walton is detailed in the New York Times article “Liking Work Really Matters.” Both Hulleman and Walton are members of the Mindset Scholars Network which is housed at CASBS.

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September 10, 2014

Mindset Scholar featured in the Atlantic

Current CASBS Fellow David Yeager’s work with Stanford Psychology Professor Geoffrey Cohen demonstrates that students of color are more likely to tackle academic challenges when they trust their teachers’ commitment to helping them.

Read the article here

September 9, 2014

Former Fellow on Hungary’s Press Crackdown

In The New York Times Phillip N. Howard, CASBS class of 2008-2009, discusses the autocratic press crackdown orchestrated by Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban.

“Media organizations must surrender data about their employees and contracts, as well as editorial and advertising content, at a level of granular detail that no...

September 8, 2014

CASBS Director’s book honored by American Political Science Association

In the Interest of Others: Organizations and Social Activism by John S. Alquist and CASBS Director, Margaret Levi, was named co-winner of the 2014 Best Book Award, The Labor Project of the American Political Science Association. In the Interest of Others develops a new theory of organizational leadership and...

September 8, 2014

CASBS Board Member Ira Katznelson wins two prestigious awards

Ira Katznelson’s Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time , was honored twice at the American Political Science Association’s Annual Conference in Washinton D.C. The book was co-winner of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for best book on government, politics, or international affairs. Katznelson’s book also...