Policy happens in the states. SSN chapters are there.

About SSN Chapters


The Scholars Strategy Network is a network of chapters across the country led by volunteer scholars. Chapters advance the mission of the network by enriching local, state, and national policy debates with research and evidence-based solutions and by developing publicly engaged leaders in academia.

Chapters take on their own projects that build relationships between scholars and policymakers, civic leaders, and journalists. They give members opportunities to build skills, access national SSN resources, and become part of a community of scholars who want to use their research to improve policy.
 

Bay Area

Bay Area SSN was launched in 2010, bringing together an engaged, interdisciplinary group of scholars from across the region. Drawing on the research of local participants, SSN members from other regio...

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Boston

Boston SSN brings together scholars from a broad range of policy fields at Harvard, MIT, the University of Massachusetts Boston, Tufts, and other Boston area universities. Members are particularly int...

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Central Florida

The Central Florida SSN chapter launched in 2017 to build more connections between local scholars, civic leaders, policymakers, and journalists. Our members are particularly interested in immigration...

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Central New York

Central New York SSN was launched in 2017 to bring together engaged scholars from Syracuse University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY-Oswego, Le Moyne College, Onondaga Commu...

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Central Ohio

Founded in 2016, Central Ohio SSN is a hub in the Columbus area with the bulk of its membership hailing from The Ohio State University. The chapter has organized around a variety of issues and seeks t...

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Chicagoland

Chicagoland SSN brings together members from more than five local universities spanning multiple fields, including sociology, social policy, social work, education, political science, economics, urban...

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Colorado

Colorado SSN was launched in 2016 to bring together engaged scholars statewide, with particular representation from the University of Colorado-Denver, the University of Denver, and the University of N...

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Confluence

Confluence SSN is composed of dedicated scholars from Missouri, southern Illinois, and Kansas looking to enact positive change through policy work in the American Midwest and Upper South. Confluence S...

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Connecticut

Connecticut SSN brings together a vibrant, engaged group of scholars from disciplines ranging from African American studies to political science to medicine to sociology. Although interested in a broa...

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Finger Lakes

Finger Lakes SSN started in 2014 and includes members from Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Syracuse University. Although Finger Lakes SSN is focused on producing policy-relevant research on ma...

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Georgia

Georgia SSN is comprised of members from different universities across the state. Georgia SSNers contribute meaningful policy research on a variety of topics, from women in legislatures to energy poli...

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Hawaii

Hawaii SSN was launched in 2012 to connect high quality, independent research from scholars working at universities throughout the state. We hope to contribute to more effective public policy at the s...

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Iowa

Iowa SSN seeks to include scholars from a wide range of disciplines and organize around a variety of topics, including – at least every four years – their “first in the nation” status in the President...

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Los Angeles Unified

Addressing issues distinct to the Los Angeles area, Los Angeles Unified SSN draws on faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students from the metropolitan region at institutions includin...

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Madison

Madison SSN launched in 2014 to connect academic researchers with individuals from the government, business, media and non-profit communities to share ideas and analyses of state and national policy c...

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Maine

Maine SSN was launched in 2012 with engaged scholars from public and private colleges and universities. As Maine is a geographically expansive state with strong participatory traditions, we meet in di...

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Michigan

Michigan SSN was launched in 2017 to bring together engaged scholars from colleges and universities across the state with policymakers, civic leaders, and journalists. The chapter's hub is in the East...

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Minneapolis-St. Paul

Minneapolis-St. Paul SSN was launched in 2010 to bring together a collection of university faculty and administrators with individuals from government, business and non-profit communities to share ide...

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New Jersey

New Jersey SSN is comprised of members from a number of universities in the Garden State, including Princeton, Rutgers University (with campuses in New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden), Seton Hall Unive...

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New Mexico

New Mexico SSN brings together scholars from New Mexico and Arizona. Members use their own research and expertise, as well the work of SSN members across the network, to contribute to public engagemen...

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New Orleans

New Orleans SSN launched in 2013 to build more connections between local scholars, civic leaders, policymakers, and journalists. Our members are particularly interested in the issues that are at the f...

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New York City

Bringing together scholars from the many universities and public policy institutions in the New York City metropolitan area, New York City SSN addresses a variety of public policy issues, particularly...

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North Carolina

North Carolina SSN brings together a diverse community of engaged scholars from the mountains to the coast. By leveraging the expertise of our state's world-class universities, our chapter aims to be...

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Northeast Ohio

Northeast Ohio SSN was launched in 2017 to bring together engaged scholars from across the region. Chapter members have organized around issues and causes related to social justice and local policy ma...

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Oklahoma

Oklahoma SSN encourages collaboration between scholars at universities and state-level policy groups to benefit the public good. This chapter, based in Tulsa, is particularly invested in environmental...

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San Diego

San Diego SSN unites area scholars with expertise that focus on both the unique challenges facing San Diegans, as well as the concerns of Americans across the country. Our focus areas include diversit...

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Tennessee

Tennessee SSN brings together scholars from middle and east Tennessee, including members from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Vanderbilt University. Members currently focus on education pol...

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Texas

Texas SSN formed in 2014 to unite scholars across the Lone Star State in working toward creating and implementing better public policy for all. Members hail from the University of Houston, Texas Chris...

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Utah

Utah SSN brings together scholars from colleges and universities across Utah, including the state’s three research universities: the University of Utah, Utah State University, and Brigham Young Univer...

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Washington

Washington SSN brings together scholars from multiple locations in the Pacific Northwest, primarily in Washington state. Members include leading scholars of criminal justice, economic and racial inequ...

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