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    Defining Problems. Shaping Solutions. Transforming Doctoral Education SSA Celebrates 100 Years of its Doctoral Program
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    Defining Problems. Shaping Solutions. Commemorating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment SSA Co-Founder and Professor Sophonisba Breckinridge, the Suffrage Movement, and Social Justice
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    Defining Problems. Shaping Solutions. Using Science to Improve Deinstitutionalization Outcomes for Children Leyla Ismayilova's study could lead to better mental health for children being raised in residential institutions in a post-Soviet country
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    Defining Problems. Shaping Solutions. SSA students, faculty member, assist with a mental healthcare startup Talklet, a winner of UChicago Polsky's 2020 College New Venture Challenge, connects qualified listeners to people who want to talk and feel heard.
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Statement on Racial Violence

A message from Dean Deborah Gorman-Smith and Dean of Students, Diversity and Inclusion Sara Furr

Alumni Profiles

SSA alumni work in countless ways to create a more just, equitable, and humane society. Peruse over 100 alumni profiles to see the breadth and depth of their impact on society.

Coronavirus and Autumn Quarter 2020 Updates

Read updates from the University of Chicago and SSA.

SSA polymath William Borden enters the age of active wisdom

"Bill Borden has exemplified the very best in SSA's long tradition of clinical scholarship and practice," Walsh says. "Bill challenges us all to question and reach, to better understand the many influences—and messiness—in people's lives, to foster a deeper understanding of human suffering and, with clients who are struggling, to appreciate their potential for healing and positive growth."


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New Book by Angela García

New research combining social theory on immigration and race as well as place and law has uncovered the everyday failures and long-term human consequences of contemporary immigration laws in the United States. SSA Assistant Professor Angela S. García studied these failures and consequences and explores their implications in her first book, Legal Passing: Navigating Undocumented Life and Local Immigration Law. Legal Passing, published with the University of California Press, offers a nuanced look at how the lives of undocumented Mexicans in the US are constantly shaped by federal, state, and local immigration laws.


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New Book by Eve Ewing

The Chicago Race Riot of 1919, the most intense of the riots that comprised the “Red Summer” of violence across the nation’s cities, is an event that has shaped the last century but is widely unknown. In 1919, award-winning poet Eve L. Ewing explores the story of this event—which lasted eight days and resulted in thirty-eight deaths and almost 500 injuries—through poems recounting the stories of everyday people trying to survive and thrive in the city. Ewing uses speculative and Afrofuturist lenses to recast history, and illuminates the thin line between the past and the present.


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Junior Faculty Award funds Alan Zarychta’s water system research in Honduras

Assistant Professor Alan Zarychta will study a community-based intervention aiming to help local water councils manage their scarce resources more equitably and sustainably.


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