Centers & Institutes


CCAS Research Institutes Collage


From championing religious freedom to dissecting regulatory policy to deciphering quantum computing and mathematical sciences, Columbian College research centers and institutes enable scholars to explore and advance ideas and issues across an array of disciplines.



2017 Cohort Caminos Al Futuro

The 2017 cohort of Caminos Al Futuro, a Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute summer program for high-achieving, Latino high school students. (Photo credit: Judy Licht)




From developing life-saving treatments to unlocking the mysteries of subatomic structures to delving deep into the human brain, Columbian College science institutes are addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time. Advancing the work of world-class researchers—biologists, chemists, physicists, mathematicians—our scholarly centers are at the forefront of scientific discovery.

Members of the Astronomy, Physics, and Statistics

Members of the Astronomy, Physics, and Statistics Institute of Sciences organize scientific meetings and outreach events to promote collaborative, multidisciplinary research and learning.


Social Sciences


A group of speakers sitting onstage for a Panel on Digital Discourse hosted by the Institute for Data, Democracy and Politics Hosts

Technology experts spoke at the Panel on Digital Discourse hosted by the Institute for Data, Democracy and Politics.


At Columbian College, social scientists study the origins of humans, how we have evolved, the way we interact and how we move forward. Scholars at our institutes and research centers—encompassing disciplines as far-reaching as anthropology, economics, political science, psychology and sociology—are shedding light on human evolution over millennia and understanding how to improve people’s lives into the 21st century and beyond.


Making an Impact Across Disciplines

Eleanor Roosevelt speaking after receiving the 1956 Sidney Hillman public service award at the Commodore Hotel in New York City.

A Legacy Comes to Life

For 18 years, the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project, a GW-chartered research center within Columbian College’s History Department, has been creating a digital archive that encompasses the vast trove of Eleanor Roosevelt materials and makes them accessible to the public.