Interested in SSN Membership?

Joining the network is easy – and free! Sign up below for more information about SSN membership eligibility and our two-step joining process. Register for an upcoming new member orientation, writing session, or skill-building workshop.

Media Support

Place OpEds and connect to journalists with help from SSN’s experienced team.

Powerful Relationships

Leverage the network to connect with decision makers.

Get Training

Maximize the impact of your time and research.

Build Community

Join a growing community of leading scholars in chapters across the country.

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Are you a university scholar or researcher with peer-reviewed work? Sign up for more information on joining the network.
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Learn More About Membership

Read about the benefits of joining a national network of university-based scholars who are committed to using research to improve policy and strengthen democracy. Our two-step membership process is free and offers hands-on support for scholars interested in deepening their public engagement skills.

Monthly Programming

Available to SSN members and researchers in the process of joining the network.

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New Member Orientation

Learn about SSN's mission, the value of membership, and the steps to becoming a member. Attendees will have time to brainstorm their written policy or media contribution, as well as ask questions about the membership process.

Next Session: Sessions are held biweekly on alternating Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2pm ET

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Q&A Events

Gain access to Q&A events to build core skills of engaging with policymakers, civic leaders, and the media. New trainings offered monthly on topics such as OpEd writing and building relationships with policymakers. All researchers welcome 

Next Workshop: "Working with Policymakers: Q&A with Kerri Raissian & CT State Rep. Jaime Foster" on Thursday, June 27th at 2pm ET

Didn't make our last Q&A event? Check out the highlights from our past events. 

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SSN Summer Coffee Hours

Join us for SSN’s newly launched Summer Coffee Hours! You’ll have the opportunity to meet with our Communications, Policy, and Membership teams to receive support on policy or media projects, get advice on public engagement goals, ask membership-related questions, and get to know our national staff.

Next Session: Monday, June 24th, at 2pm ET

Member Spotlights

Read about how SSN members have advanced research-based policymaking across the country.

Neda Maghbouleh's headshot“The thing that's so exciting is that takeaways and language from our research – that article in PNAS and our op-ed in Newsweek – appears in the interagency working group's MENA proposal."

Read Neda Maghbouleh's member spotlight here.

Zoltan Hajnal's circular headshot“The easiest, most politically viable, and most effective way to expand turnout and make local democracy more representative is to shift the timing of local elections so that officials in cities and suburbs are elected at the same time as presidents, governors, and legislators, at times when voter interest and turnout is at a peak.”

Read Zoltan Hajnal's member spotlight here.

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