Center for the Study of Social Difference
Columbia University

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Interim Director

Lila Abu-Lughod

Associate Director

Kasheba Marshall


The Center for the Study of Social Difference is an interdisciplinary research center supporting collaborative projects that address gender, race, sexuality, and other forms of inequality to foster ethical and progressive social change. Bringing Arts and Sciences faculty into conversation with faculty from Columbia’s professional schools and Global Centers, along with scholars, artists, writers, and policymakers in the United States and abroad, CSSD deepens Columbia’s partnerships at home and abroad. The Center's work has two overarching research themes: Women Creating Change and Imagining Justice.