School of Social Sciences

Societal solutions stem from exploring the spectrum of social scientific research through groundbreaking discovery, experimentation, and empirical analyses that investigate the intricacies of human behavior and society’s institutions. The innovative research in the School of Social Sciences examines the biggest challenges the world faces, including political, economic, and social change.

We ask questions like: Under what employment circumstances do working mothers exhibit the healthiest behaviors? How do sustainable energy solutions impact society, and how do federal storm recovery efforts impact inequality in communities? What are the ethics of studying ancient DNA? Why do older women in India face excessive mortality? And how do Texas voters feel about changes to their access to the ballot?

The School of Social Sciences is pushing the boundaries of research with unmatched teaching and learning opportunities.

With your help, we will:

  • Invest in a Research Innovation Fund that supports transformational social science research for both faculty and students.
  • Grow the Center for African and African-American Studies, an interdisciplinary partnership with the School of Humanities that serves as a clearinghouse for critical conversation, instruction, research and community outreach.
  • Train students and faculty from across the school with innovative research methods through the STaRT@Rice program (Statistical Training and Research Techniques).
  • Endow professorships to attract exceptional scholars who will respond to the greatest social sciences challenges.
  • And expand the Frances Anne Moody-Dahlberg Gateway Program, our signature undergraduate professional development program that connects students with internships, research, international experiences and networking opportunities.

To explore possibilities and discuss your impact, contact Sylvia LeBlanc, Director of Development for Social Sciences, at or 713-348-4482.

For more information about the School of Social Sciences, visit

Invest in Social Sciences

To learn how you can amplify the social sciences at Rice and expand its educational and research mission, please contact:

Sylvia Leblanc headshot

Director of Development for Social Sciences


Giving to Rice

Development & Alumni Relations
P.O. BOX 1892
Houston, Texas 77251-1892

Phone: 713-348-4991


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