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Social Studies is an interdisciplinary concentration in the social sciences at Harvard College. For more than five decades it has brought together outstanding teachers and intellectually engaged students who share not only a fascination with social science research and theory but also concerns about pressing social, political, and economic problems facing contemporary societies. Members of the Committee are united in their belief that rigorous social science inquiry must cross disciplinary boundaries and that it should be based on an understanding of classic and contemporary social theory and on an intimate knowledge of the history and culture of the places we study.

Remembering Judy Vichniac

 photo of Judith Vichniac

Former Social Studies Director of Studies Judy Vichniac died on October 22nd, 2019.  

Judy received her Ph.D. from the Harvard Government Department, under the Direction of Social Studies Founders Stanley Hoffmann and Barrington Moore as well as Peter Lange. She started teaching in Social Studies as a graduate student and served in the program until 2001, including as Head Tutor from 1984-1989 and Director of Studies from 1989-2001. Read more

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