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Celebrating 125 Years of the Academy

THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCE was founded in Philadelphia on December 14, 1889. Twenty-two people, including members of the faculties of the University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, and Bryn Mawr College, gathered on that Saturday morning to create an organization to promote the progress of the social sciences.They also sought to create a forum in which the widespread interest in contemporary political, economic, and social issues could find expression. The intellectual curiosity and the commitment to empirical…

A Call for a Better “Measure of the Nation”

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Underlying many of our nation’s major historical moments is a commitment to equal opportunity for all individuals. Accessibility to opportunity ought not to have anything to do with race, religious affiliation, family background, or gender. Each successive generation should enjoy material benefits and comforts that exceed those of earlier generations. These philosophies are bounded in the idea of mobility, social and economic. Yet our nation’s interest in and commitment to social mobility lacks a mechanism for measuring this very phenomenon.…

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The Annals

Residential Inequality in American Neighborhoods and Communities

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Special Editors: Barrett A. Lee, Glenn Firebaugh, John Iceland and Stephen A. Matthews


In this volume of The ANNALS, top scholars come together to examine inequality in American housing, its causes consequences, and its relationship to racial and class-based inequality. In recent years, a crippling recession, unstable housing market, and natural disasters have challenged residential aspirations. Other factors, including…

Toward Computational Social Science

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Special Editors: Dhavan V. Shah, Joseph N. Cappella and W. Russell Neuman


The May 2015 volume of The ANNALS, “Toward Computational Social Science: Big Data in Digital Environments,” explores new data made available by the Internet and social media and its implications for the social sciences and political research. Digital media provides vast amounts of information about online consumers,…

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