Over the last few decades, scientific and technological progress have stagnated. Scientists conduct more research than ever before, but groundbreaking innovation is scarce. At the same time, identity politics and political polarization have reached new extremes, and social trends such as family stability and crime are worse than in previous decades and in some cases moving in the wrong direction. What explains these trends, and how can we reverse them?

Much of the blame lies with the institutions we rely on for administration, innovation, and leadership. Instead of forward-looking governments, we have short-sighted politicians and bloated bureaucracies. Instead of real experts with proven track records, we have so-called ‘experts’ who appeal to the authority of their credentials. Instead of political leaders willing to face facts and make tough tradeoffs, we have politicians who appeal to ignorance and defer responsibility.

To fix our institutions, we need to rethink them from the ground up. That is why CSPI supports and funds research into the administrative systems, organizational structures, and political ideologies of modern governance. Only by understanding what makes these systems so often dysfunctional can we change them for the better.

CSPI believes that governments should be accountable to the populace as a whole, not special interest groups. We think experts should have greater say in public policy, but that there should be different standards for what qualifies as “expertise.” We want to end scientific and technological stagnation and usher in a new era of growth and innovation.

We are interested in funding and supporting research that can speak to these issues in the social sciences through grants and fellowships. CSPI particularly seek outs work that is unlikely to receive support elsewhere. See our home page for more about the kinds of research we are particularly interested in funding.

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Members Of The Board

Richard Hanania,


Richard is a former Research Fellow at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. His interests include personality differences between conservatives and liberals, morality in international politics, machine learning algorithms for text analysis, and American foreign policy. In addition to his academic work, he has written in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. See his Google Scholar page here.

Members Of The Board

George Hawley,

Board Member, Research Fellow

George is an associate professor of political science at the University of Alabama. His research examines public opinion, demography, religion and politics, the conservative movement in America, and right-wing extremist movements. He is the author of six books and has written for venues such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, and The New York Daily News. Visit his personal website here.

Members Of The Board

Eric Kaufmann,

Board Member, Research Fellow

Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of Whiteshift: Immigration, Populism and the Future of White Majorities (Penguin/Abrams, 2018/19); Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? (Profile Books 2010), The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America: The Decline Of Dominant Ethnicity In The United States (Harvard 2004) and The Orange Order (Oxford 2007), among others. He wrote a report for the think tank Demos entitled Changing Places: mapping the white British response to ethnic change (Demos 2014). He is co-editor, among others, of Political Demography (Oxford 2012) and editor of Rethinking Ethnicity: Majority Groups and Dominant Minorities (Routledge 2004). An editor of the journal Nations & Nationalism, he has written for The New York Times, Newsweek International, Foreign Affairs, New Statesman, National Review and Prospect and his work has been covered in major newspapers and magazines in the UK and US since 2007. His work has been cited over 1500 times since 2015. See his Google Scholar page here.

Zachary Goldberg

Research Fellow

Zachary Goldberg is a PhD candidate in political science at Georgia State University. His current research focuses on the moral emotional and technological underpinnings of the ‘Great Awokening’-–the rapid and recent liberalization of racial and immigration attitudes among white liberals and Democrats. His work on this topic has been cited across various publications, including The New York Times, The New York Post, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal.  In addition to his academic work, he has previously written about his research and other topics for Tablet Magazine, Quillette, Scientific American, and The Fair Observer.

Philippe Lemoine

Research Fellow

Philippe Lemoine is a PhD candidate in philosophy at Cornell University. He works on logic and philosophy of science, but has been writing on a wide range of issues over the years, such as police violence, feminism, immigration and epidemiology. His work has been featured in various publications such as New York MagazineThe Wall Street Journal, Quillette, The National Review, Le Figaro and Marianne. He is particularly interested in how the incentives structure in science often results in low quality research being not only published but also uncritically cited.

Jonah Davids

Director of Communications

Jonah Davids produces the CSPI Podcast. His interests include political psychology, public opinion, mental health and philosophy of social science.

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