College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice

At the College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice, our students understand that to change the world, you need to understand it. From development to implementation, our students study the impacts of policy and analyze the social forces that shape communities around the globe.

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Ready to change the world?

The College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice inspires and empowers students to work towards equity and justice through a commitment to inclusive excellence and collaborations among the social sciences and professional fields. Fueled by our collective optimism, expertise, and unique collaborative spirit, we work to address some of society’s most entrenched social justice and human rights issues.

Our scholars and practitioners are deeply committed to advancing research that blends conceptual contributions with real-world applications.

Our diverse body of students, staff, and faculty work closely together to acquire knowledge within and across disciplines, while engaging in transformative experiences in local and global communities.

Through our work in the social sciences, social work, education, and public health, our goal is to create a more equitable and just world.

Valerie Leiter

Meet the Interim Dean

Dr. Val Leiter is the Interim Dean of The College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice. In this role, she leads the College as an integrated, collaborative community where a deep concern for the study of society and social relationships is blended with training and research that advances practice and policy.

Meet the Dean
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Our Faculty

You’ll study with faculty who are thought-leaders and award winners, researchers and professionals in their fields.

Faculty Profiles

About the College

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Statement of Solidarity for Racial Justice

Read the College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice's statement of solidarity for racial justice.

Current Faculty Resources

Information for our current faculty, including funding opportunities.

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    Anne Villano '21MSW was awarded the 2022 Hanscom Air Force Base Military Spouse of the Year by the Armed Forces Insurance Program. Villano was selected for her candid approach to the mental health issues faced by members of the U.S. military and their families through creative therapies. We spoke to her about this work, and her advocacy for mental health in the military.

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    Jyoti Puri, Professor of Sociology and Hazel Dick Leonard Chair was the recipient of the 2021 Jessie Bernard Award, given annually in recognition of work with broad scholarly impact that has “enlarged the horizons of sociology to encompass fully the...

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