At any given time, Items features one or more thematic series. These explore a range of broad areas that concern and/or shape the social sciences and current affairs—key but contested terms, concepts, fields, and empirical zones of inquiry; the political economy of social knowledge production; changes in the landscape of higher education and the institutional ecology of social science research; the relationship between social knowledge and its uses; and more. At times, Items’ series will engage the way these broad issues play out in research on specific topics: inequality; the relationship between race and capitalism in the United States; and environmental injustices in the midst of global climate change, for example. For each of these conversations, diverse groups of contributors will write short and engaging essays over a period of a few months.

Featured series will change as new issues emerge and old ones resurface. Past series will become archived, although new content relevant to their topics will be posted from time to time.