Supported by the Mellon Foundation for 10 years, the Mellon Interdisciplinary Fellows Program ended in July 2017 and brought together 200 advanced, talented graduate students from the humanities and social sciences at Columbia University to foster their ability to incorporate the methods, approaches and knowledge of the humanities and social sciences into their research and to provide an intellectual and material environment for completing high-quality dissertations.
Fellows come from departments across the humanities, such as music, English, history and philosophy, among others; and from across the social sciences, such as economics, sociology, political science and sociomedical sciences, among others. As this short list of disciplines indicates, we welcome applications from widely different fields.
Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) is an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree program in the field of oral history that focuses on interviewing methodologies and interpretative methods. OHMA links social sciences and humanities research across six disciplines: History, Sociology, Literature, Anthropology, Psychology and Public Health. OHMA also has practical applications in historic preservation, radio production, writing, and legal and human rights work.
OHMA trains students in how to conduct research through creating and analyzing interviews, and developing fieldwork projects to address historical and contemporary issues that require interdisciplinary investigation. The field of oral history supports research on immigration, migration, ethnicity, gender, politics, government and human rights. Students who are interested in conducting institutional and community histories will also benefit from this degree.
The program is designed for students who have a strong background and interest in social science and humanities research that is focused on living individuals, cultures and social groups. Students will be trained in field research methods, and encouraged to develop analytic skills to interpret their research from interdisciplinary perspectives. The program is co-supported by the Columbia Center for Oral History.
Health & Society Scholars
Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Program Ended in September 2016
From 2004-2016, Columbia University and INCITE was one of the six sites in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health & Society Scholars Program, Columbia H&SS promotes innovative and interdisciplinary research in population health through the Scholars program, working groups and other internal funding, and public events. Co-directed by Peter Bearman (Sociology, INCITE), Bruce Link (Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health) and Julien Teitler (Social Work), the program integrates faculty and Scholars in the health, behavioral, social, and environmental sciences. Columbia H&SS supports theoretically-informed and methodologically rigorous basic and applied research. The program fosters an intellectual environment open to unexpected insights from our juxtaposition of different disciplines and points of view; our cross-talk among research, policy, and advocacy; and our encounter with the stimulating and complex environment of New York City.
The Social Sciences Summer at Columbia University is a non-degree program providing students with an understanding of the principles and skills to design and conduct social research. It encourages students to critically evaluate the methods, strategies and data used by social scientists and provides training in analysing a range of qualitative and quantitative methods. The program is structured for highly motivated students with interest in the social sciences and the research process. Students will work closely with faculty in daily seminars. The two and a half-week program culminates with a series of presentations of group research proposals, in which students will collaborate with each other and Columbia University faculty and staff to lay the groundwork for a larger research project.
Summer Institute on Oral History
Bi-Annually, the Columbia Center for Oral History Research sponsors a Summer Institute in New York City, which brings together oral historians, scholars, activists, and others for two weeks of advanced training in the theory and practice of oral history. Participants work with world-class instructors, network with oral historians from around the world and go to exhibits in New York City. Each year we focus on a different theme.
2017 Summer Institute
Oral History and Aging: Transmitting Life Stories of Being and Becoming Across Cultures and Generations June 5 – June 16, 2017
The Columbia Center for Oral History Research is proud to announce our 2017 Summer Institute Program: Oral History and Aging: Transmitting Life Stories of Being and Becoming Across Cultures and Generations.
The Institute will examine the social and cultural realities of aging across the life span focusing on ways that oral history opens up possibilities of meaning-making through the construction of narratives in a dialogical and relational framework.