ISS Mission

The Institute for Social Sciences (ISS) stimulates collaborative research projects between UC Davis social scientists campus-wide that ask new questions or work on questions that had previously been unanswerable.

As an incubator of new ideas, ISS supports work that reaches across culture, class, social norms, politics, mobility, economics, values, technology, language, communication and history.

ISS has a wide-ranging agenda that includes stimulating research collaborations on issues that are difficult to address within individual disciplines, training the next generation of scholars and delivering vital information to policy makers in the state and nation. The institute also hosts a variety of events throughout the year that focus on critical societal challenges and bring international leaders to campus. 

ISS was founded in the UC Davis Division of Social Sciences in 2014 by the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor in recognition of the critical role of the researchers in the social sciences to the campus mission of service to society. As the largest division in the College of Letters and Science, the division is home to more than 200 faculty members who serve 6,600 undergraduate majors and 500 graduate students. 

Learn more online about the UC Davis Division of Social Sciences