Affiliated Activities

Center for the Study of American Politics at Yale

The Center for the Study of American Politics (CSAP) was created to promote the work of scholars in the field of American politics. Using a broad set of methodological approaches and enjoying the advantages of deep knowledge of American politics, Americanists have made signal contributions to our understanding of political institutions and behavior.  CSAP engages in a number of activities to further this intellectual tradition, and strives to make important contributions to research and teaching in the field of American politics while enhancing the academic environment for students and faculty at Yale.

Concentration in Gender and Sexuality

Gender scholarship in the Yale Sociology department spans a wide array of substantive issues and theoretical and methodological approaches. Faculty work ranges from the micro-social construction of masculinities and femininities in everyday life to the gendered development of large-scale institutions like the market economy, the public sphere, law, and the modern state. Read more…

Institution for Social and Policy Studies

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. 

The MacMillan Center Initiative on Religion, Politics, & Society

The MacMillan Center Initiative on Religion, Politics, and Society is designed to be home for scholars working on a. wide-range of problems of concern to the contemporary world.  Among the topic areas it seeks to address are: conflict, violence, and war; toleration and reconciliation; social movements and electoral politics; utopianism, communitarianism and religion; religion as a source of identity; the place of religion in public life; the impact of religion on civil society and the welfare state. Read more…


The Center for Historical Enquiry & the Social Sciences (CHESS) concerns itself with the interplay between history and the present, in the belief that its work will lead to fresh solutions to seemingly intractable contemporary problems. Because the historical dimension of social life is seldom fully understood—and therefore not adequately addressed—significant theoretical developments have too often been foreclosed. We aim to change that. By forging analytical tools to systematically examine the historical constraints and possibilities confronting social actors, the Center expects to contribute to a fuller understanding of the range of possibilities for action inscribed in past and present.