Designing and evaluating policy depends on social science theory and research. The program in Social Research and Public Policy (SRPP) offers rigorous training in both, with courses in economics, political science, sociology, and anthropology, as well as courses in quantitative and qualitative research methods, which will enable students to critically evaluate research findings and produce original research. Social Research and Public Policy is attractive to students who are concerned with the major social problems of our times such as international migration, unequal economic development, poverty, racism and sexism, inequality, ethnic conflict, as well as health inequality and population dynamics.
The program aims at inspiring students’ critical theoretical imagination and will help them to make better sense of the world around themselves. SRPP majors will be regarded as excellent candidates for law school, and for graduate programs in the social sciences, in public policy, business school, public health, education, urban planning, and social work. Graduates will have a good chance to land in jobs working for NGO's, in public service, urban planning and community action.
Its breadth and its emphasis on critical thinking and hands-on empirical research, especially research linked to policy questions, distinguish the major in Social Research and Public Policy. SRPP majors will produce a piece of original research to meet the Capstone requirement. Student may collect their own data, conduct simulations, or reanalyze available data to make a contribution to the research in the field of their choice. Students will work with a faculty mentor to develop and implement the research design. Students who wish to do fieldwork abroad should develop the project in the spring of junior year and obtain approval from the faculty mentor to collect data during the summer before senior year. NYUAD’s Institutional Review Board must approve all projects that involve human subjects before data collection begins. Seniors will attend a bi-weekly colloquium, which is moderated by a faculty member and serves as a forum for peer review and feedback on progress with the senior thesis.
May Al-Dabbagh, Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy
May Al-Dabbagh, Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy has been awarded an Arab Families Grant from the Doha International Family Institute. A specialist on gender and globalization in the Middle East, May will contribute to a publication compiling state of the art reviews of the literature on Arab families, country by country, with her focus on Saudi Arabia.
Hannah Brückner, Associate Dean of Social Science
Associate Dean of Social Science, Hannah Brückner, working in collaboration with Yale University Professor Julia Adams, has been awarded NSF funding, a two-year grant for USD 70,000 to investigate indications of systematic gender bias in both contributors and content in the reference tool Wikipedia. The project, "Collaborative Research: Wikipedia and the Democratization of Academic Knowledge," will study mechanisms that potentially influence gender bias in the contributor-based resource, and the prevalence of gender bias across different academic disciplines.