Faculty members in the Department of Social Sciences have published books and articles and conducted research on:
- Architecture and design
- Comparative public administration
- Culture and technology
- Global migration and ethnic communities
- Political conflict
- Science and values
- Sociology of science
- Urban and ethnic politics
- Urban ethnography
In addition, they have obtained a number of grants and fellowships, including awards from the American Political Science Association, the European Union, the Fulbright Scholar Program, the German Marshall Fund, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the International Studies Association, and the Social Science Research Council.
Social Sciences faculty members have been teaching in the new IIT Summer in Paris program and regularly offer courses and give talks at universities and other institutions across the U.S. and abroad.