The School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation conducts holistic, interdisciplinary research in the social sciences, politics, and economics to address meaningful, real-world issues and improve the quality of human life.
Researchers in our Division of Behavioral & Organizational Science apply behavioral and social science research and evaluation methods to the understanding and amelioration of social problems and to the formulation of public policy. In the Division of Politics & Economics, researchers examine politics, policy, economics, and international studies through the interdisciplinary lenses of fields like neuroscience and psychology in order to better understand human decision making and help shape policy accordingly.
Research Centers and Affiliates
Center for Neuroeconomics Studies
The Center for Neuroeconomics Studies investigates the neurophysiology of economic decisions, drawing on economic theory, experimental economics, neuroscience, endocrinology, and psychology to develop a comprehensive understanding of human decisions.
Claremont Evaluation Center
The Claremont Evaluation Center (CEC) helps guide Claremont Graduate University’s residential master’s and doctoral programs in Evaluation and Applied Research and oversees a range of major applied research and evaluation initiatives.
The Evaluators’ Institute
The Evaluators’ Institute (TEI) is an internationally recognized and respected provider of high-quality instruction, which is delivered through a balanced curriculum that emphasizes practical relevance for practicing evaluators.
Computational Justice Lab
The Computational Justice Lab integrates computer and social sciences to examine issues relating to civil, criminal, and social justice. Lab members work in highly integrated environments, which include both graduate and undergraduate students, to address pressing issues and fill important data gaps relating to justice issues.
Institute for Democratic Renewal
The Institute for Democratic Renewal provides hands-on engagement with and scholarly reflection upon the core issues facing the institutions and processes of democracy in the United States and abroad. One of its initiatives is the Inequality and Policy Research Center (IPRC), which supports the use of scientific analysis to develop evidence-based policy and program solutions to problems related to political, health, socioeconomic, and group-specific inequality.
Behavioral Economic Science Translational Lab (BESTLab)
The BESTLab aims at integrating behavioral economic science research with education and practice. We take the point of view that the best way to educate the next generation of scholars, policy analysts, and world leaders is to involve them in hands-on problem solving challenges that can be tackled through a behavioral and transdisciplinary approach. The BESTLab is composed of experts in quantitative methods, experimental economics, behavioral economics, policy evaluation, health policy, corruption, and cognitive and computational psychology. We also collaborate with labs and centers at other US institutions and institutions around world.
Health Psychology and Prevention Science Institute
The Health Psychology and Prevention Science Institute (HPPSI) is dedicated to improving the health and well being of all people through the application of psychological theory and methods.
Institute for Research on Social Issues
Claremont Graduate University’s Institute for Research on Social Issues conducts research on civic participation, volunteerism, interpersonal relationships, physical and mental health, and the relationships between these constructs.
The Depression Lab uses social psychological theories to promote the provision of help seeking for depression by persuading individuals with depression and loved ones of these individuals to get the necessary help.
Quality of Life Research Center
The Quality of Life Research Center studies the field of positive psychology—including human strengths such as creativity, engagement, intrinsic motivation, and responsibility—to understand those aspects of human experience that make life worth living.
Social Identity Lab
The Social Identity Lab is a center for basic and translational social psychological research on group processes, intergroup relations, social influence, and the self-concept.
LeAD Labs develops leaders, researchers, and practitioners through the creation and application of evidence-based leadership research to help society pursue its full potential.
Talent Science Lab
The Talent Science Lab helps organizations through applied research in the talent management and career development. Projects within the lab advance knowledge on talent science – the understanding of human potential and performance as well as the processes that engage and develop these capacities in organizations.
Moral Development Lab
The Moral Development Lab seeks to help young people develop in optimal ways.
Maldonado Institute for International Security and Global Leadership
The mission of the Maldonado Institute for International Security and Global Leadership is to excel in apolitical and unbiased research that focuses on the major issues related to international security, global leadership, and cooperation.
Claremont Institute for Economic Policy Studies
The Claremont Institute for Economic Policy Studies is the research arm of the programs in International Money & Finance, International Economic & Development Policy, Global Commerce & Finance, and International Political Economy at Claremont Graduate University.
Tribal Administration Certificate Program
The Tribal Administration Certificate Program provides training and instruction for the employees of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
Effects of Terrorist Threat on Support for Democracy Project
This project investigates the extent to which terrorist threats affect support for democracy, its institutions, and its practices, as well as the ways in which these relationships vary in well-established democracies compared to newer democracies, and how the presence (or absence) of reminders of core democratic values mitigates any negative effects of terrorism on support for democracy.
SoCal Energy Infrastructure Project
The SoCal Energy Infrastructure Project consists of an interactive online map that helps Southern California residents become more involved in decisions about how energy infrastructure projects are built in their communities.
Conferences and Special Events
This longstanding series, held by the Claremont Evaluation Center, provides practical and theoretical training in evaluation and applied research through one-day workshops, taught by academics and practitioners from across the globe.
The Claremont Symposium on Applied Social Psychology brings together experts from around the globe to address a societally relevant topic in social psychology. Now in its 28th year, the series offers students opportunities to learn about cutting-edge research first-hand and to meet with leading figures in the field.
The social psychology program’s research colloquium series is called Social Socials, in which distinguished scholars from around the world present their cutting edge research in social psychology.
Org Talks are monthly discussions, presentations, and meetings designed to promote dialogue between students in the Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences and researchers and practitioners in the field. Org Talks cover topics in organizational behavior, industrial and organizational psychology, positive organizational psychology, and evaluation. Anyone with an interest is welcome; speakers include academics and practitioners, alumni, and visiting psychologists.
The purpose of Positive Fridays (affectionately called “TGIPF” for short) is to build community and share research knowledge among the positive psychology master’s and doctoral students in the Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University. About one Friday a month during the academic year, faculty, students, and invited guests will gather and discuss cutting-edge research and application in the field of Positive Psychology.
The Tuesday Lunch Talk Series is scheduled throughout each semester, with speakers invited to discuss cutting-edge topics. Occasionally, talks are given on subjects relevant to students, such as career management and research. CGU and Claremont Colleges faculty, students, staff, and alumni are encouraged to attend. A complimentary lunch is provided.