INCITE sponsors and produces a wide array of articles, papers, books, archives, and other publications, often resulting from our ongoing research projects.
INCITE Book Series
Oral History Series at Columbia University Press
INCITE and the Columbia Center for Oral History Research (CCOHR) proudly oversee the Oral History Series at Columbia University Press. We publish diverse genres of books—from analytic works that rely on oral history as key evidence to edited narratives from archival projects—that creatively communicate the stories that our narrators tell.
The series is co-edited by Mary Marshall Clark (Director of CCOHR), Kimberly Springer (Curator of the Oral History Archives at Columbia), Amy Starecheski (Director of the Oral History Master of Arts) and Peter Bearman (INCITE Director). The series publishes as many as three books per year.
Robert Rauschenberg: An Oral History (2019)
INCITE Press is our center’s publishing imprint that promotes work by graduate students and other budding scholars, while also serving as an outlet for innovative and unconventional expressions of scholarship that may not fit the parameters of traditional academic publishers. By publishing manuscripts and compositions that blend disciplines, genres, and styles in creative and revealing ways, the press supports INCITE’s mission to holistically engage, investigate, and address social issues. Contact Julius Wilson to learn more.
Dispatches from the Field: The American Dream (2019)
Robert Rauschenberg is a work of collaborative oral biography that tells the story of one of the twentieth century’s great artists through a series of interviews with key figures in his life—family, friends, former lovers, professional associates, studio assistants, and collaborators.
In Working for Respect, Adam Reich and Peter Bearman examine how workers make sense of their jobs at places like Walmart in order to consider the nature of contemporary low-wage work, as well as the obstacles and opportunities such workplaces present as sites of struggle for social and economic justice.
Published to mark the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, After the Fall is a landmark oral history drawn from the celebrated collection of 9/11 interviews at Columbia University.
INCITE & CCOHR Archives
Archives built and made public by INCITE since its founding in 2012, including those since the Columbia Center for Oral History joined INCITE in 2013.
The collection's 38 interviews document the Tunisian revolution (2010-2011) and the period of the transitional governments (2011-2014), with a particular emphasis on the technocratic government of Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa (January 2014-December 2015).
This project explores Americans who identify as white or partially white think about their racial identities, along with a variety of other issues. We surveyed 850 participants in three U.S. cities and interviewed 116 of these participants.
This collection documents the life experiences of LGBTQ individuals who are alumni of Columbia University or are otherwise affiliated with the university.
This oral history documents the life and legacy of renowned American Artist Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008). It focuses on Mr. Rauschenberg’s impact on the avant art world of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and the conditions for creativity that inspired his work, comprise the framework for the project’s design.
This oral history project documents the Institute's substantive role in area studies and academia and its influence on the making of U.S. foreign policy towards the Soviet Union, Russia, and Eurasia.
The Phoenix House Oral History Collection documents three periods of Phoenix House's work: origins, growth, and established leadership. I
This database — which was digitized and archived by INCITE — contains the names, addresses, and seat locations for Philharmonic subscribers dating back to the 19th century.
The IRWGS Oral History Project was guided by a set of research questions, which emphasized the role of IRWGS as an political actor within the broader context of Columbia University, agitating for the inclusion of feminist analysis and practice, and working to do so, in its early years, without much institutional support from the university.
Conducted in conjunction with the Apollo Theater Foundation in anticipation of the theater's 75th anniversary, those interviewed for this collection include performers in music, dance, and comedy; business managers; music industry employees; previous owners; and audience members who recount their relationship with the Apollo and their perceptions of its legacy.
In the histories and narratives gathered by the Rule of Law Oral History Project, the intellectual and legal connection between these different arenas of work concerns the degradation of the right of habeas corpus and the fundamental lack of due process rights available to prisoners in United States jails and military prisons.
Internal Publications and White Papers
This policy, authored by the Center for Oral History in 2007, clarifies which oral history activities conducted by Columbia University faculty, staff, and students require Institutional Review Board (IRB) review.
This paper explores the proliferation of wearable technology, how the data might help researchers understand population health trends, and describes the concept called a “domestic health index,” or DHI, as both a promotional tool and as a valuable dataset in its own right.
Peer Reviewed Articles
Building on an emerging literature concerning algorithmic management, this article analyzes the processes by which food delivery platforms control workers and uncovers variation in the extent to which such platforms constrain the freedoms—over schedules and activities—associated with gig work.
Focusing on the state of Kerala in southern India, we examine the conditions under which the remittances that migrants send home have an impact on the health of women left behind. Specifically, we assess the extent to which the timing of remittance sending can support women’s autonomy, and hence improve their autonomous healthcare decision-making and mobility to health facilities.
This article uses an INCITE-created database of subscribers to the New York Philharmonic to explore how high culture became a form of socially valuable capital in late-19th-century America. The authors find support for the classic account of high culture’s purification and exclusiveness.
We combined fMRI and longitudinal social network data to test whether newly acquainted group members’ reward-related neural responses to images of one another’s faces predict their future interpersonal sentiment, even many months later.
We show that it is possible to induce a semantic network image of the Bible, that this structure serves as a skeletal frame for interpretation, thereby highlighting different contents as central to denominations’ religious inspirations and concerns.
This article examines the relationship between workplace collective action at a large retail employer and customers’ perceptions of service. T
In this report the authors examine the changes as well as the continuity in the Taleban’s ideology from the 1980s to the present day. The report is the product of years of interviews, fieldwork in Afghanistan, as well as their time working with the Taliban Sources Project archive, a significant collection of documents relating to the Taleban movement.
The moment of insurgency becomes a more enduring movement in part through the changes it induces in the relations among the Social Movement Organizations in its orbit.
Analyzing an inventory of more than 1,000 averted and completed lynching events in three Southern states, we model geographic and temporal patterns in the determinants of mob formation, state intervention, and intervention success.
This study looks at the diagnosis age and symptom severity of those diagnosed with autism and the relationship to Assisted Reproductive Technology.
In a large, population-based sample we failed to find evidence suggesting an excess of brothers among children with autism while controlling for several threats to validity. This test cannot rule out a role of any given exposure, including prenatal testosterone, in either risk of autism or offspring sex ratio, but suggests against a common cause of both.
We develop a strategy for identifying meaningful categories in textual corpora that span long historic durées, where terms, concepts, and language use changes. Our approach is able to account for the fluidity of discursive categories over time, and to analyze their continuity by identifying the discursive stream as the object of interest.
This study sheds light on when parents suspect autism. We find that parents’ fertility behavior changes relative to matched controls very early after the birth of a child who will later be diagnosed with autism.
The association between ART and autism is primarily explained by adverse prenatal and perinatal outcomes and multiple births.
Our study provides additional evidence of the association between some types of Assisted Reproductive Technology procedures with autism diagnosis. Additional research is required to explain the increased risk of autism diagnosis with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) use, as well as studies on the effectiveness and safety of ICSI.
Existing literature focuses on economic competition as the primary causal factor in Southern lynching. Political drivers have been neglected, as findings on their effects have been inconclusive. We show that these consensus views arise from selection on a contingent outcome variable: whether mobs intent on lynching succeed.