Our workshops are followed by social scientists and scholars throughout the New York area’s many universities, as well as by government, nonprofit, and private research and policy organizations. ISERP sponsored workshops are free and open to the public. For further information, have a look at our calendar of events or select from the list below.

American Politics Workshop

The American Politics Workshop explores scholarly issues and controversies involving the role of politics in American society. It provides a forum for scholars in the American politics academic community to exchange ideas and receive feedback on their ongoing work. Topics are various, including public opinion and political behavior, electoral politics, American public policy, political institutions and their interactions, plus the connections among the demands of society and public opinion on the one hand and public policy on the other.

Columbia University International Politics Seminar

The Columbia University International Politics Seminars (CUIPS) provides an essential forum for faculty and graduate students to meet and discuss cutting-edge research in international relations. The mission of this seminar series is to bring the country's foremost junior faculty in international relations to present their work at Columbia. The series also creates multiple opportunities for graduate students to meet and discuss their research with invited speakers.

Comparative Politics Seminar

Join us this semester for the Comparative Politics speakers series lunches. The schedule for this semester appears at the bottom of this email. As in previous years, lunch will be served at 12:15 and the seminar will run from 12:30 until 1:45. Unless otherwise noted, we will meet in the Lindsay Rogers Room (International Affairs Building room 707).

Please contact Jaclyn Davis ( or Julian Gerez ( with any questions or concerns.

Diversifying the Social Sciences: The Women in Economics Working Group

This seminar series highlights the work of women in Economics in the Columbia community. Economics has a well-known gender problem: fewer than 30% of economics majors in the USA and the UK are women (Zarghamee, 2017; Mumford, 2014).

History and Climate Change: Africa, Indigenous & Latin America, South Asia

This workshop aims to bring together climate scientists, historians and other scholars interested in past climate change and its impacts on human societies. Climate change affects all aspects of life and human endeavors – understanding its social, cultural, political and economic implications is essential for successfully preparing for its impacts.

Political Economy Seminar

The primary goal of the seminar is to bring some of the brightest and most innovative scholars in the field of political economy to Columbia University, and to expose faculty and students to their work. In addition, the seminar creates a unique opportunity for cross-disciplinary discussion between economists and political scientists. The speakers receive valuable feedback on their work as a result of the seminar. The website for the Political Economy Seminar, with the full schedule and links to papers, can be found here.

Political Methodology Colloquium

Over the last few decades, quantitative political methodology has emerged as a valued subfield of political science. Political methodologists develop statistical and computational approaches to analyze political science data. Our role in the discipline is similar to that of econometricians in economics. The main goal is to develop methods that are motivated by substantive political science questions and that build on and contribute to the broader literature of applied statistics.

Sociology of Algorithms

This workshop aims to bring together scholars and practitioners interested in analyzing the social embeddedness of algorithms and intervening in the processes through which their results are interpreted and used for a variety of social purposes.

Wealth and Inequality Seminar Series

The Center for the Study of Wealth and Inequality (CWI) Seminar Series is sponsored by Columbia University’s Institute for Social and Economic Research Policy (ISERP) and is devoted to the investigation of social and economic inequality.  The Seminar invites speakers from both within and outside of Columbia to present recent papers covering a wide range of topics pertaining to inequality, such as poverty, labor market behavior, education, and the family.



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