About This Website

This website is a portal for and about Yale social science activities related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here you can keep up with news, events, and research related to social science and the COVID-19 crisis and also find relevant data, research funding opportunities, training, and more.

About ISPS

The Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) created this website as a resource for the Yale community. ISPS advances interdisciplinary research in the social sciences that aims to shape public policy and inform democratic deliberation. The ISPS network includes scholars and students from many departments in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and from Yale’s graduate and professional schools as well as select experts from other institutions. More about ISPS.

About Yale Social Science

The social sciences at Yale include the Division of Social Sciences of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and its twelve departments and programs. The divisional dean of Social Science is Alan Gerber. Many members of the FAS also carry out their work in Yale’s professional schools and research centers, programs, and institutes.

In late 2016, President Peter Salovey identified data-intensive social science as a top academic priority for Yale, emphasizing the application of empirical methods and data to public policy issues and matters of social concern. In February 2020, the University-Wide Data-Intensive Social Science Committee (DISSC) issued its report, identifying a number of priorities for the social sciences.

“Social science research can not only help us understand, describe, and measure social behavior. It can also promote human welfare by providing the tools to develop and evaluate strategies for tackling the most pressing problems.”
- Data-Intensive Social Science Committee Report