From championing religious freedom to dissecting regulatory policy to deciphering quantum computing and mathematical sciences, Columbian College research centers and institutes allow expert scholars alongside talented students to advance ideas and issues across an array of disciplines.
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)
Whether their focus is to secure historical legacies or to prepare the next generation of global leaders, the centers and institutes at Columbian College are home to a humanities tradition that emphasizes understanding and interpreting the human world.
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 Institute of Sciences organize scientific meetings and outreach events to promote collaborative, multidisciplinary research and learning.
Students in the Documentary Center’s unique academic program work together to produce documentary films in the final stage of their hands-on curriculum.
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.
- Center for Innovative Media
- Center for Economic Research
- Center for Urban and Environmental Research
- Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies
- Documentary Center
- GW Mind-Brain Institute
- Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics
- Institute for Ethnographic Research
- Institute for Public Diplomacy & Global Communication
- Institute for Sustainability Research, Education and Policy
- Latino Health Research Center
- Regulatory Studies Center
Making an Impact Across Disciplines
The Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics (IDDP), supported by a $5 million investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will be a research hub for tracking the spread of distorted information online
GW School of Media & Public Affairs' Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication recently awarded U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) the Walter Roberts Award for Congressional Leadership in Public Diplomacy.
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.