Faculty Research


Professor of Chemistry Akos Vertes and his team have received a $14.6 million grant to find a way to rapidly identify the root of biological and chemical threats.

Look inside Columbian College labs and classrooms and you’ll find an internationally recognized faculty at the forefront in advancing policy, enhancing culture and transforming lives through research. As leaders in their fields, our faculty experts foster innovative, interdisciplinary cooperation and guide students in their development as scientists and scholars. And, with the advent of the new Science and Engineering Hall, Columbian College now has one of the nation's greatest concentrations of researchers under one roof.

Latest Faculty Research

For Author Waberi, Voices of Genocide Echo From Rwanda

May 10, 2017

French Professor Abdourahman Waberi traveled to Rwanda to speak to both the survivors of the nation's genocide and its perpetrators. The stories he heard still haunt his writing and his life.

 Limusaurus inextricabilis

No Teeth? No Problem. Toothless Dinosaur Lost Baby Teeth as They Grew

January 12, 2017

A study co-authored by Biology’s James Clark found a new species of toothless adult dinosaurs that lost their baby teeth as they aged and never replaced them.

Associate Professor of Geography Michael Mann

Experiences, Temperatures Drive Belief in Climate Change

January 12, 2017

Local weather can determine whether Americans’ believe in climate change, according to Geography’s Michael Mann. People in regions with record lows are less likely to say the earth is warming.

New Faculty Books

City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York

Tyler Anbinder, professor of history, chronicles the American immigrant story by focusing on New York City as the nation’s defining port of entry for nearly four centuries and a magnet for transplants from all over the globe. He profiles migrants who brought their hundreds of languages and distinct cultures to the city—and from there to the entire country.

Spillover Effects of China Going Global

Joseph Pelzman, professor of economics, examines the massive transformation the Chinese economy has made within just a few decades of being granted Most Favored Nation status by the United States. He shows how the second largest world economy triggered off many spillover effects beyond mass-labor production of durable and non-durable goods.

Presidential Libraries as Performance

Jodi Kanter, associate professor of theatre, presents the first critical assessment of all 13 extant presidential libraries. Through exhaustive research, she reveals how presidential libraries generate narratives about individual presidents, historical events and who we are as Americans.

The National Mall: No Ordinary Public Space

Lisa Benton-Short, associate professor of geography, explores the critical issues redefining and reshaping the National Mall in Washington, D.C., one of the most important and highly visible urban public spaces in the United States and considered by many Americans to be “the nation’s front yard.”

In Their Own Words: Slave Life and the Power of Spirituals

Eileen Guenther, lecturer in the Department of Music, presents a groundbreaking study of slavery and spirituals, placing the unique voices of an enslaved people squarely within the context of their daily lives.

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