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About the Center

The Center for Social Cohesion, a joint project of Arizona State University and Zócalo Public Square in partnership with the New America Foundation, is dedicated to studying the forces that shape our sense of social unity.

Wholly non-partisan, pluralistic and multidisciplinary in outlook, the Center for Social Cohesion seeks to promote understanding of how diverse societies cohere. Globalization, immigration, and the fragmentation of media have increased the urgency of questions surrounding national identity, citizenship, political discourse, and the fraying social contract. It’s time to devise new strategies and public policies to foster healthy civic engagement locally, encourage robust integration nationally, and explore the meaning of citizenship and community globally.

To that end, the Center for Social Cohesion fosters discourse and supports research on the ever-shifting balance between the pluribus and the unum in American society.

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Articles and Op-Eds

Where Karl Rove Was Right
November 09 | Zócalo Public Square
Gregory Rodriguez
Why Election Day In Ohio Depressed the Hell Out of Me
November 07 | Zócalo Public Square
Joe Mathews
What Twitter Can't Tell You
October 15 | Los Angeles Times
Gregory Rodriguez
Bringing Out Our Inner Bear
August 28 | Los Angeles Times
Gregory Rodriguez
New Wave of Immigrants — A New Target Too?
June 25 | Los Angeles Times
Gregory Rodriguez


A Case Study in the Polarized Mid-term Politics of Recession
Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 11:45am | Washington

Center for Social Cohesion Staff

Joe Mathews
Fellow, Center for Social Cohesion

Joe Mathews, a fourth-generation Californian, writes about his home state...

Gregory Rodriguez
Director, Center for Social Cohesion

Gregory Rodriguez has written widely on issues of social cohesion, civic...

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