The New School’s Integrative PhD Fellowship Program broadens its social sciences training by introducing students to new analytical and expository techniques and fostering integrated research in design and the humanistic social sciences.
Graduate students can combine training in the humanistic social sciences, exemplified in the research and teaching at The New School for Social Research, with training in the innovative concepts and methodological approaches to data visualization, graphic design, and digital media as developed at Parsons School of Design and the School of Public Engagement.
Students in the program will be able to cultivate and enhance their traditional social science skills—including hermeneutics, comparative and historical analysis, ethnography, visual theory, and psychometrics—with contemporary methods of coding, mapping, digital media and data visualization.
Collaborative efforts across the social sciences and these digital design fields, including new offerings of team-taught courses by faculty in NSSR, Parsons, and Media Studies, will enable our students to become fluent in the full range of qualitative and quantitative methods that can be deployed to examine the complex and pressing questions of our day.
The Integrative PhD Fellowship Program will give graduate students the tools they need to move inquiry forward into a better understanding of political and social movements, media, culture, and identity, and it will provide them the ability to use and analyze the digital dimensions of these social forms.
The Integrative PhD Fellowship Program is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and co-directed by Robin Wagner-Pacifici, the University in Exile Professor of Sociology, and Daniel Sauter, Associate Professor of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons.
Zed Adams (NSSR, Associate Professor of Philosophy)
Daniel Sauter (Parsons, Associate Professor of Data Visualization, Co-Director Integrative PhD)
Robin Wagner-Pacifici (NSSR, University in Exile Professor of Sociology, Co-Director Integrative PhD)
Wendy Walters (Parsons, Associate Professor of Literary Studies)
Lana Lin (SPE, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Programs)