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The Center for Historical Enquiry & the Social Sciences (YaleCHESS) highlights the interplay between history and the present. Its work spurs new collective thinking about solutions to seemingly intractable social problems. Taking intellectual risks is actively encouraged.

This cross-disciplinary Center, headquartered in the European Studies Council at the MacMillan Center, seeks to transcend the Humanities and Social Sciences divide, bringing together a diverse complement of scholars to answer large questions that help us better understand the world we live in. YaleCHESS scholars learn from one another’s methodological expertise and substantive knowledge, and its key events are open to the public as well.

The centerpiece of CHESS is the Friday lunchtime workshop in which pre-circulated papers are discussed. In addition the Center hosts regular conferences: a Spring gathering focused on a general topic of interest and an annual graduate student conference. The Center also supports ephemeral study groups designated by its constituent members. Finally, YaleCHESS plans to launch courses organized around both significant scholarship in the historical social sciences and the variety of methods available to those pursuing scholarship in social science history.