There are two reasons why the Center for Social Inquiry conducts and supports the highest quality of sociological scholarship. First, cutting-edge scientific research is valuable in its own right. Basic research advances the discipline that gives life to the intellectual foundation of our work. Second, basic research generates and refines the concepts and methodological procedures needed to conduct the most up-to-date and powerful applied research. The sociologists affiliated with the Center are among the leaders in their substantive sociological areas, including the family, gender in the workplace, the environment, criminology, minority relations, health care policy, popular culture and education.