When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, we often turn to medical, biological, and epidemiological experts for answers. And yet, this global health crisis has touched almost every corner of our social lives and world. Social science researchers have also been hard at work studying the enormous, varied impact of COVID-19. Global devastations of this magnitude are invaluable lenses through which to study individuals, communities, and societies. Indeed, it is during moments of crisis that we can learn the most about the social order. For instance, what are the ravaging effects of massive social class, racial/ethnic, and gender inequalities that are emerging during this pandemic?
We believe that the social sciences are providing valuable insights into the impacts of this pandemic.