Gary King (Harvard) and Maya Sen (Rochester): How Social Science Research Can Improve Teaching. From American, was Mancur Olson wrong? The great economist turned political science on its head — but a new book says Olson was off base. Are there any signs that the imperialist era of economics might finally be coming to an end? From PNAS, an article on archaeology as a social science. Anthropology Inc.: Graeme Wood on how companies have started using social scientists to probe the deepest needs, fears, and desires of consumers. Appliance of social science: Joined-up thinking across theory and practice could revolutionise our public services, says Jonathan Shepherd. Why study social science? John Sides answers. Why we do what we do: A letter from Sara Miller McCune, founder of the Miller-McCune Center and Pacific Standard.