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

This artist’s impression shows two tiny but very dense neutron stars at the point at which they merge and explode as a kilonova.

Astrophysicists Identify ‘Monumental’ Kilonova Blast

November 08, 2017

Four CCAS astrophysicists are part of a global group of scientists who confirmed the first observation of a kilonova— two neutron stars merging in an explosive event 1,000 times brighter than a nova.

Greg Wallace, assistant professor of speech, language and hearing sciences (Photo: Long Nguyen)

Are Autism and Overeating Linked?

October 11, 2017

Autism is associated with eating irregularities like hyper-sensitivity to textures. Speech, Language and Hearing’s Greg Wallace may have discovered a connection with overeating.

CCAS GWU chemistry classroom

Research Grants Open Doors to Discoveries

July 12, 2017

From tracking fossil footprints through Kenya to preparing the next generation of math and science teachers, it’s been a banner year for major new research grants at Columbian College.

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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