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Research Centers

The Ph.D./M.A. Program in Political Science works closely with several Graduate Center-based research centers, three of which are directly associated with the program:

Center for Urban Research

Incorporating the CUNY Data Service, conducts research on such topics as economic and demographic change, immigration, political participation, crime, housing, and neighborhood development.

The Howard Samuels Center

The Howard Samuels Center, founded in 1988, is a prominent research center at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) specializing in applied and comparative research on local, regional, national and international policies and politics.  Our aim is to advance and promote democracy in communities. The Center focuses on areas of research and public policy that help marginalized groups increase their access to, and participation in, the political process, fostering equity and quality of services for minorities, immigrants, women, and other marginalized groups.  We pay special attention to the effectiveness of civic organizing to achieve these goals.

Luxembourg Income Study Center at the Graduate Center

The Luxembourg Income Study Center (LIS Center) at the Graduate Center is a research, development and administrative satellite serving as the link between the Graduate Center community and the parent institute located in Luxembourg. The Luxembourg Income Study and Luxembourg Income Study Center are both directed by Janet Gornick, Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies

Devoted to the development of scholarship on international institutions and global issues with special emphasis on the United Nations and affiliated international organizations through a program of research, seminars, conferences, and workshops.

Affiliated Centers

The program also works with the following affiliated centers:

Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies sponsors seminars, research, and publications that address the practical resolution of public policy problems facing nations in the Western Hemisphere.

Center for Jewish Studies encourages research on Jewish life, particularly in the modern period, and brings that research to the Jewish and academic communities through conferences, publications, symposia, lectures, and consulting.

Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies promotes scholarship that examines sexualities and genders.

Center for Place, Culture and Politics is an interdisciplinary center providing an intellectual forum for the discussion of a wide range of vital contemporary topics.

Center for the Study of Women and Society promotes interdisciplinary research and training on topics related to the experiences, roles, and contributions of women in society.

European Union Studies Center encourages faculty and student research on contemporary European subjects.

Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC) is concerned with the study of the cultures, conditions, development and history of people of African descent, with special attention given to the African American and Afro Caribbean experiences and their relationships to Africa.

United Nations Intellectual History Project is a multinational effort to produce a forward-looking intellectual history of the UN's economic and social contributions since 1945.