Social Sciences

Probing how Americans think about mental life

Most people don’t have answers to the big questions about consciousness or the meaning of life, but they do have a way of thinking about and categorizing mental life. It comes down to three things – body, heart and mind.

Hoover opens new David and Joan Traitel Building

The dynamic space is designed to enhance cooperation and efficiency across Hoover’s departments and provide conference and workshop facilities to host hundreds of visitors.

Ten years of driving the discussion on longevity

In its first 10 years, the Stanford Center on Longevity helped expand discussion of the world’s aging population, making that discussion both more inclusive and more optimistic.

Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies —

The collision of civil war and threat of global pandemics

In a series of essays, Stanford experts explore the factors and influences of contemporary civil wars that may cause local infectious outbreaks to become global pandemics.

Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies —

When are mass shootings acts of terrorism?

In a Q&A, Stanford terrorism expert Martha Crenshaw discusses when to call a mass shooting an act of terrorism, and why it is important to distinguish between the two forms of violence.

Center for International Security and Cooperation —

At 90, William Perry is driven by vision of a nuclear-free world

When it comes to nuclear warfare and annihilation, few people alive have contemplated such tragic outcomes quite like William Perry, one of the world’s top experts on nuclear weapons.