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The Institute exists today largely as Flexner conceived it: an institution that crosses disciplinary boundaries; enables scholars and scientists to be driven by their own intellectual curiosity; attracts the ablest researchers from around the world; and remains relatively small so that it retains a sense of community.

Research at IAS has provided foundations for progress in knowledge and applications across the sciences and humanities, including:

  • the development of one of the first stored-program computers, whose structure (von Neumann architecture) formed the mathematical basis of computer software and influenced the development of modern computing;
  • the foundations of game theory and much of the basis of modern theoretical meteorology;
  • pioneering theories in the natural sciences, from string theory and astrophysics to systems biology, and their increasing interactions with mathematics;
  • wide influence on the fields of global development, international relations, historical practice, and morality and ethics; and
  • key texts in a range of historical disciplines, including essential contributions to the establishment of art history as a discipline in the United States.

Current research involves new ideas about space and time; the origins and long-term fate of the universe; the development of computer proof verification to avoid mathematical mistakes; reconstructing history using novel sources such as ancient DNA; establishing the origins of modern democracy and human rights; and developing an anthropology of morality.

While the Institute has remained small, its influence has been wide, through the work of its Faculty and Members, the impact that time at the Institute has on the careers of Members and the institutions where they base their careers, and the many institutions around the world that have been modeled on or inspired by the Institute.

James D. Wolfensohn Professor
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Institute for Advanced Study
October 16, 2023
NOMIS Awardee Didier Fassin and sociologist Anne-Claire Defossez have authored an article addressing a growing public health concern—border violence—in a special issue of The Lancet. To mark its bicentennial year, […]
May 25, 2022
NOMIS Awardees Karl Deisseroth and Didier Fassin have been elected to the prestigious American Philosophical Society. The American Philosophical Society Welcomes New Members for 2022 The American Philosophical Society is […]
May 5, 2022
NOMIS Awardee and James D. Wolfensohn Professor Didier Fassin and past Distinguished Visiting Professor Axel Honneth (2018–19) are the editors of Crisis Under Critique: How People Assess, Transform, and Respond to Critical Situations. The […]
November 26, 2021
In an interview in the Frankfurter Allgemeine, NOMIS Awardee Didier Fassin shares his perspective on the pandemic, conspiracy theories, culture, crises and more. A translated excerpt of the article follows: […]
October 1, 2021
NOMIS Awardee Didier Fassin has been elected member of the Academia Europaea for 2021. The Academia Europaea (formed in 1988) is the pan-European academy of science, humanities and letters, with […]
September 16, 2019
Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, has been elected the Annual Chair of Public Health at the Collège de France for 2019–20. Founded by […]
November 1, 2018
The online Spanish-language publication Synapsis has published an interview with NOMIS Distinguished Scientist Awardee Didier Fassin about his 10-year ethnography of the French state, in which he conducted fieldwork on […]
October 28, 2018
NOMIS Distinguished Scientist Awardee Didier Fassin was the subject of an article by Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger, “Sociologist without borders” (in German, “Der Soziologe ohne Grenzen”). The article explores how […]
October 5, 2018
In recognition of their outstanding contributions to the advancement of science and human progress through pioneering, collaborative and innovative research, the 2018 NOMIS Distinguished Scientist and Scholar Award was presented to […]
October 7, 2023
Abstract: The 21st century has seen displacement of migrants and refugees unprecedented since World War 2. As of the end of 2022, of the 108 million people who had to leave […]
September 1, 2022
Abstract: In the tradition of Koselleck, crisis has often been approached as an idea or as a narrative, but less research has been conducted on how people produce, respond to, and […]
October 19, 2020
Abstract: As the French government decided on a lockdown of the population to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it soon appeared that, in an apparent paradox, two forcibly confined categories were […]
August 7, 2020
Abstract: The concept of moral economy stems from two theoretical traditions: that of E. P. Thompson, which corresponds to the norms and obligations involved in traditional economies, and has nourished the […]