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Research Profile


The UMBC social sciences are highly ranked in many R&D fields. In the 2018 NSF Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey, UMBC social sciences rank #27 (up from #28 last year) for federal funding, alongside #26 Brown University, #28 Ohio State University, and #33 Johns Hopkins University. UMBC social sciences also rank #72 (up from #73 last year) for all funding sources nationally. For more, read this recent UMBC News story!

The NSF-HERD survey collects information on R&D expenditures by field of research and source of funds and is the primary source of information on R&D expenditures at U.S. colleges and universities.

Key Research Areas

The Center for Social Science Scholarship emphasizes areas of research interest across the social sciences, such as civic and political participation, global patterns of labor and migration, educational access, the relationship between humans and the environment, human behavior and health equity across the lifespan, the social context of technology, and policy impact.

Recently, the Center for Social Science Scholarship co-sponsored a research summit on violence prevention and community engagement in collaboration with the University of Maryland, Baltimore and a UMBC research forum on immigration and mobility in higher education.

The Maryland Institute for Policy, Analysis, and Research (MIPAR), a grants administration unit housed in the Center for Social Science Scholarship, assists faculty members and departments in obtaining funding for their research and providing pre- and post-award administration. Current externally-funded social science research projects span economics, political science, public policy, sociology and anthropology, emergency health services, and more. Click here to read research highlights from grants that MIPAR has supported!