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Center’s grants seed diverse research in the social sciences

Grants awarded recently by the Cornell Center for Social Sciences seeded research projects on topics ranging from COVID-19 and policing to clean energy and product design, led by scholars from across the university.

Cathy Creighton ’87 to direct ILR’s Buffalo Co-Lab

Cathy Creighton ’87, who has served multiple roles with the ILR School’s Buffalo Co-Lab for more than a decade, will become its director on Jan. 1, 2021, succeeding Lou Jean Fleron.


Africana studies class produces political leaders podcast

For their final projects, students in Africana Studies professor Carole Boyce-Davies’ Black Women and Political Leadership course created a podcast featuring interviews with Black women in politics.


ILR initiative bridging gap between legal system, employment

The Criminal Justice and Employment Initiative in November held the first two of four scheduled live online educational trainings for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Office of Second Chance Employment.

Cornell team seeks mercy for Lisa Montgomery

Cornell faculty and students have led a campaign seeking clemency for Lisa Montgomery, who next month is scheduled to become the first woman executed by the U.S. government in nearly 70 years.

‘Tasting Qualities’: what a good cup of tea tells us

In “Tasting Qualities: The Past and Future of Tea,” author Sarah Besky from the ILR School addresses the role of quality in contemporary capitalism and how quality is judged in a product as ordinary as a bag of tea.

Students help man win freedom after 28 years in prison

A group of Cornell undergrads, members of the new Cornell chapter of the Parole Preparation Project, celebrated earlier this month after helping an incarcerated man get released on parole after 28 years in prison.

Middle class actually enables autocrats in post-Soviet countries

In “The Autocratic Middle Class: How State Dependency Reduces the Demand for Democracy,” author Bryn Rosenfeld connects rapidly growing middle classes in post-Soviet countries with growing authoritarianism in those countries.

South Asia, Latin America ‘flashpoints’ of global care markets

South Asia and Latin America share a commonality as two epicenters of migrant care work and the globalized reproductive market, according to scholars Anindita Banerjee and Debra Castillo.