Who We Are

The Berger Institute at Claremont McKenna College provides the intellectual and experiential home for research and programming focused on contemporary social issues. The Berger Institute produces and disseminates high quality research with implications for policy, practical applications and theory.

In particular, our central theme for research and programming in the next few years is How We Thrive. Our research will focus on understanding risk and resilience factors, while our programming will emphasize the development and cultivation of skills that are necessary for successful adaptation in a rapidly changing society. We will focus our research on individual and social factors that impact how children develop, how families thrive, and how people navigate major transitions and milestones. Examples of our work include understanding how to nurture the well- being of  individuals from wide range of social – economic and demographic background (including gender, culture, race, age), the changing nature of gender and family roles, and understanding the demographic, technological, financial, and political changes impacting our society today.