National and Global Affairs

This page features national and global affairs news, as well as the latest research related to social justice and social science topics from across the Columbia campus.

A Look Back at Queen Victoria and Her Monarchy to Reflect on Queen Elizabeth II's Reign

Queen Elizabeth's funeral, watched via livestream by billions and in person by at least one million, marked the end of the longest reigning monarch in British history. What will be Queen Elizabeth II's legacy, and what does the future hold for the British monarchy?

Sandra Black, economics professor, Columbia University
A Pioneering Economist Wants to Level the Playing Field

Professor Sandra Black works on research to help American society understand how to make the United States the land of opportunity for everyone, not just some.



Federal Reserve Building facade
Our Central Bank Is Not Created to Solve All Our Economic Woes

As the decision of the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates captures news headlines, it is important to ask if it has taken on too much responsibility. Can it fix our economy?

Mario Small, sociology professor, Columbia University
How One Sociologist Finds Inspiration for His Research Outside the University

Mario Luis Small talks about growing up in Panama and how his perspective has contributed to his path-breaking research on networks, urban inequality, and qualitative methodology. 


Business Schools Are Beginning to Embrace Stakeholder Inclusion

Columbia Business School has set an ambitious goal to become the nation’s top generator of leadership in the burgeoning field of social entrepreneurship.

September 19, 2022

U.S. Discloses Decades of Justice Dept. Memos on Presidential War Powers

The Knight First Amendment Institute obtained these memos through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

The New York Times
September 16, 2022

Historians Advise the President. The Problem? The Scholars Were All White.

Jelani Cobb, dean of the Columbia Journalism School, noted that in Biden's recent meeting with historians, he missed an opportunity to hear from Black and other people of color historians who have examined American authoritarianism.

September 4, 2022

Six Months In, How Are Sanctions Impacting Russia’s Economy?

The Center for Global Energy Policy's Eddie Fishman stated that sanctions are not stopping Putin from invading his neighbors, but they will make it more difficult for him to do so.

August 28, 2022

Social Science

Tey Meadow
How a Law School Graduate Shifted Her Focus to Sociological Research on Gender, Sexuality, and Intimacy

A sociologist describes how being an outsider on various levels has positively influenced her research. An insatiable curiosity has helped too.

George Chauncey, professor of history, Columbia University
Professor George Chauncey Wins the John W. Kluge Prize

The Kluge Center in the Library of Congress recognizes the historian's substantial contributions to the field of LGBTQ history, as well as the significance of queer studies in academia and in our society.



Woman writing something with illustration of stock market bars in front of her
Columbians Offer Their Insights on Inflation, Recession, and the Economy

The economic forecast is gloomy and confusing. Faculty members and researchers offer analysis and advice.

Social Justice

Columbia Law School's Black Men's Initiative
Anti-Racism Programs Work For the Future

Two Columbia Law School programs awarded funding through the inaugural round of Anti-Racism Grants—the Black Men’s Initiative and the Law School Pathways Program—are designed to help current and future law students.

Michele Moody-Adams, philosophy professor, Columbia University
A Philosopher Considers the Power of Social Movements in Effecting Change

In her new book, “Making Space for Justice,” Professor Michele Moody-Adams shows how such movements bridge the gap between political thought and political activism.

Low Library at commencement, Columbia University
The Center for Justice Paves a Path to Reentry for Formerly Incarcerated Students

This year, seven formerly incarcerated students affiliated with Columbia's Center for Justice graduated from the university.