Society

Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Recent Publications

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Text Technologies: A History

February 2020

The field of text technologies is a capacious analytical framework that focuses on all textual records throughout human history, from the earliest periods of traceable communication—perhaps as...

Sex and gender analysis improves science and engineering

November 2019

The goal of sex and gender analysis is to promote rigorous, reproducible and responsible science.

The Failure of Europe's Mainstream Parties

October 2019

The failure of mainstream political-party competition fueled the rise of populism in Europe.

Escape from Rome: The Failure of Empire and the Road to Prosperity (The Princeton Economic History of the Western World)

October 2019

The fall of the Roman Empire has long been considered one of the greatest disasters in history.

Stalin and the Fate of Europe: The Postwar Struggle for Sovereignty

October 2019

The Cold War division of Europe was not inevitable―the acclaimed author of Stalin’s Genocides shows how postwar Europeans fought to determine their own destinies.Was the division of Europe after...

The containment of the Islamic State: A realist case to engage a hybrid actor

July 2019

Next to military means, causing disruption and interdiction, Western and local powers also relied on policies of containment to halt the expansion of the Islamic State’s territorial strongholds....

African States Since Independence: Order, Development, and Democracy (Castle Lecture Series)

May 2019

Authors Christensen and Laitin argue that an interplay of geographic, historical, and demographic factors undergird sub‑Saharan states’ post‑independence struggles to eradicate poverty, establish...

Once, the ‘Judeo-Christian tradition’ united Americans. Now it divides them.

April 2019

Even as Notre Dame Cathedral was burning, pundits such as Ben Shapiro and Katie Hopkins began to mourn it as a “monument to Western civilization … built on the Judeo-Christian heritage” —...

Linking individuals across historical sources: A fully automated approach

April 2019

Linking individuals across historical datasets relies on information such as name and age that is both non-unique and prone to enumeration and transcription errors.

Repetition, Recurrence, Returns: How Cultural Renewal Works (Transforming Literary Studies)

April 2019

Repetition is constitutive of human life. Both the species and the individual develop through repetition.

A low-cost information nudge increases citizenship application rates among low-income immigrants

April 2019

We show that an information nudge increased the rate of American citizenship applications among low-income immigrants eligible for a federal fee waiver.

A Model of Safe Asset Determination

April 2019

What makes an asset a “safe” asset? We study a model where two countries each issue sovereign bonds to satisfy investors’ safe asset demands.

The Underwater Imagination: From Environment to Film Set, 1954–1956

April 2019

The 1940s and 1950s were a revolutionary era in both access to and imagination of the underwater environment in the most modernized nations of the globe.

The Baltic Crusades and ecological transformation: The zooarchaeology of conquest and cultural change in the Eastern Baltic in the second millennium AD

March 2019

From the end of the 12th century, crusading armies unleashed a relentless holy war against the indigenous pagan societies in the Eastern Baltic region. Native territories were reorganised as new...

Reactions to Terror Attacks: A Heuristic Model

March 2019

What are the signature features of the reactions of mass publics to terrorist attacks?

In Search of Democracy 4.0: Is Democracy as We Know It Destined to Die?

March 2019

There are plenty of indicators of doom: Donald Trump riding roughshod over U.S.

How Do Immigrants Respond to Discrimination? The Case of Germans in the US During World War I

March 2019

I study the effect of taste-based discrimination on the assimilation decisions of immigrant minorities.

The Papal Human Rights Discourse: The Difference Pope Francis Makes

February 2019

Religious actors and their political concepts are commonly assumed to be conservative, static, and aligned with the private contemplative world.

Sensory Reflections: Traces of Experience in Medieval Artifacts

January 2019

This volume draws on emerging scholarship at the intersection of two already vibrant fields: medieval material culture and medieval sensory experience.

Governance of the global commons: a question of supply and demand, the answer of polycentricism

December 2018

Edited by Samuel Cogolati and Jan WoutersGiven the new-found importance of the commons in current political discourse, it has become increasingly necessary to explore the democratic, institutional,...

Knowledge Management for Democratic Governance of Socio-Technical Systems (Chapter in The Future of Digital Democracy. Lecture Notes in Computer Science.)

December 2018

The Digital Transformation (DX) is a broad term describing the changes and innovations brought about by the introduction of information and communication technologies into all aspects of society....

Crowdsourcing accountability: ICT for service delivery

December 2018

We examine the effect on service delivery outcomes of a new information communication technology (ICT) platform that allows citizens to send free and anonymous messages to local government...

What the death of the INF Treaty means for Europe

November 2018

The 1987 INF Treaty was a landmark arms control and disarmament agreement that eliminated from Europe the most dangerous weapons of the era, and significantly decreased nuclear threats between NATO...

People

Kenneth F. Scheve Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Michael A. McFaul Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Norman M. Naimark Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Professor, by courtesy, German Studies, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
Condoleezza Rice Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Political Science, Professor, Management, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Richard Saller Professor, Classics and History
Robert Harrison Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, French and Italian
Russell A. Berman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Comparative Literature, Professor, German Studies, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
Steven Pifer William J. Perry Fellow
Timothy E. Josling Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Food Research Institute, Emeritus, 1940-2018
James J. Sheehan Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, History, Emeritus