BISR’s Raphaële Chappe Awarded Open Society Fellowship

The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research is proud to announce that Raphaële Chappe, core faculty member in economics and political economy, has been selected to receive an Open Society Fellowship for 2019. Granted by Open Society Foundations, the Fellowship will provide Chappe with significant support and resources to research and produce work on problems of financialization, risk allocation, and income inequality.

Established in 2008, the Open Society Fellowship is intended to “support individuals pursuing innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges.” As a Fellow, Chappe will address the proposition that radically new forms of ownership, governance, entrepreneurship, and financialization are needed to fight pervasive economic inequality. Among the works Chappe intends to produce are articles for both popular and scholarly publication, a book manuscript, YouTube videos featuring herself and guest experts, and a series of public events.

“This project is definitely my most ambitious to date,” Chappe says. “It leverages and consolidates some of my prior research on microeconomics, financial markets and inequality while outlining a new framework for thinking about financialization, neoliberalism and the digital economy. This is an incredible opportunity to analyze and evaluate the allocation and management of risk in society. I am extremely grateful for both OSF and BISR support for this work and very much looking forward to engage with the Open Society Foundation as I develop this body of work.”

According the Brooklyn Institute Executive Director and core faculty member Ajay Singh Chaudhary, Chappe’s Fellowship will enable her to produce original, publically accessible work on questions of society-wide concern. “A crucial part of BISR’s mission is reimagining scholarship for the 21st century. With this fellowship, Raphaele will be showing yet another way that critical scholarly work can be and is done in the public sphere in direct conversation with the needs and concerns of society. We could not be more proud of her and grateful to OSF for supporting this vital work.”

About Raphaële Chappe

Raphaële Chappe is a core faculty with the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research specializing in economics and political economy. She holds a PhD in Economics from The New School for Social Research, an LL.M from NYU School of Law, and law degrees from the University of Pantheon-Sorbonne and King’s College London. Her research interests include the link between financial markets and wealth inequality; political economy and the history of economic thought; and the philosophical foundations of microeconomics. More generally she is interested in interdisciplinary research, drawing from insights in economics and the social sciences as well as legal theory to analyze modern capitalism and financial markets. She has practiced as an attorney for eight years in the financial services industry.

About the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research is an interdisciplinary teaching and research institute that offers critical, community-based education in the humanities and social sciences. Working in partnership with local businesses and cultural organizations, we integrate rigorous but accessible scholarly study with the everyday lives of working adults and re-imagine scholarship for the 21st century.

Named after the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt, Germany, BISR is actively pioneering a new model for scholarship in the twenty-first century that integrates a commitment to pedagogy, research,  and public programming. The BISR Community Initiative, funded by public grants and private donations, brings classes and workshops to underserved communities. Through BISR Praxis and BISR OnSite we offer educational development to non-profits, labor unions, and private companies. And our BISR Office Hours program provides in depth, tailored one-on-one study for interested students. We also host film screenings, panel discussions, talks, and a podcast, and offer intensive Day-of-Learning seminars on single texts. BISR is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. For more information, visit or email For press inquiries, contact Mark DeLucas at

About Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.

We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check.

We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights.

We implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media.

We build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information.

Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

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