Centers & Institutes

The Graduate Center is home to more than thirty interdisciplinary research centers and institutes focused on areas of compelling social, civic, cultural, and scientific concerns.

Advanced Science Research Center

The Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) is the Graduate Center’s University-wide venture that elevates CUNY’s legacy of scientific research and education through initiatives in five distinctive, but increasingly interconnected disciplines: Nanoscience, Photonics, Structural Biology, Neuroscience and Environmental Sciences. The ASRC is designed to promote a unique, interdisciplinary research culture with researchers from each of the initiatives working side by side in the ASRC’s core facilities, sharing equipment that is among the most advanced available.

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American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning

Founded in 1981 by the distinguished labor historian Herbert Gutman and Stephen Brier and directed since 2020 by Anne Valk, ASHP/CML has gained an international reputation in the fields of public history and history education. As one of the few history organizations with a full-time staff composed of scholars, artists, media producers, and educators, ASHP/CML’s documentaries, digital and online projects (including our new podcasts and upcoming open education resource), and our seminars combine rigorous humanities content with innovative methods of presentation. Cited as a model for public humanities programming, ASHP/CML’s projects and programs have received numerous grants and awards.

In 1990 the American Social History Project became an official research center at the City University of New York. Known as the Center for Media and Learning, it has been affiliated with The Graduate Center, The City University’s doctorate-granting institution, since 1996. The organization is now most commonly known as ASHP/CML, combining our public and university identities. In 1998, ASHP/CML assumed stewardship of the New Media Lab, GC’s state-of-the-art facility for the development of doctoral digital media projects.

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Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation

The Brook Center is a scholarly facility associated with the doctoral program in music at The City University of New York Graduate Center. Founded in 1989 by the renowned musicologist Barry S. Brook and renamed in his memory after his death in 1997, the Center’s objectives are to promote and provide a setting for wide-ranging research and documentation activities in music; to offer professional training to students, music researchers, editors, iconographers, and archivists; to serve as a resource center for CUNY, for New York City, and for the nation; and to disseminate the results of its activities to the scholarly community and to the world at large through publications, conferences, and exhibitions. Faculty members at The Graduate Center are often involved in the Brook Center’s activities, and there are employment opportunities for graduate students, independent scholars, and editors.

The Brook Center also houses a number of valuable archives, in addition to those associated with the current projects described here, including papers and sound recordings of Barry S. Brook, Gustave Reese, and Emanuel Winternitz.

The Brook Center houses the following: 18th-Century Symphony Archive; Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments; Ensemble for the Romantic Century Seminars; Foundation for French and Francophone Musical Cultures; Foundation for Iberian Music; Music in 21st-Century Society; Music in Gotham: The New York Scene (1863–1875); Pergolesi Research Center; Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM); Research Center for Music Iconography (RCMI); and the Xenakis Project of the Americas.

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Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies

The Bildner Center brings together scholars, policymakers, civil society leaders, and other stakeholders to further understanding and foster policy-oriented research concerning the governance, security, and economic well-being of peoples in the Americas. Founded in 1982 with the support of businessman and philanthropist Albert Bildner, the center has been directed by sociologist Mauricio Font since 2000.

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Center for Jewish Studies

The Center for Jewish Studies is committed to fostering research and special projects in the many disciplines comprising Jewish Studies. It aims to serve the numerous faculty scholars across the Graduate Center and entire CUNY system who are in the field of Jewish Studies or working in areas related to Jewish Studies by providing opportunities for communication, gatherings, and cooperative programs and projects. The Center for Jewish Studies sponsors publications, public lectures, teacher training seminars, research and oral history projects that explore a wide range of historical and contemporary Jewish issues. From time to time, the Center for Jewish Studies also hosts scholarly gatherings that are conducted in cooperation with national and international cultural and academic institutions. The Center offers fellowships and travelling fellowships for graduate students pursuing research in Jewish Studies.

The Center for Jewish Studies is home to the Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies and the Institute for Sephardic Studies.

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Center for Advanced Study in Education

The Center for Advanced Study in Education (CASE) conducts basic and applied research concerned with improving and upgrading the quality of education in urban areas. CASE serves as a forum for consideration of policy issues, as a center for interdisciplinary approaches to educational problems, and as a clearinghouse in areas of educational research.

CASE draws its researchers from among the faculty of the colleges of the City University of New York, as well as from students and faculty of the Graduate Center, and maintains a close affiliation with the Graduate Center’s Ph.D. Program in Educational Psychology.

Funding for CASE projects originates with private industry, foundations, and city, state and federal agencies. While some of CASE’s work is national in scope, much of it is focused on New York City and New York State.

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Center for Human Environments

The Center for Human Environments (CHE), brings together psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, earth and environmental scientists, and public health experts whose research addresses the relationship between people and their physical settings. By providing a forum where the social sciences meet environmental research, CHE seeks to produce deeper understanding of, and potential solutions to, the problems faced by schools, neighborhoods and larger communities, nonprofit organizations, community-based groups and advocacy movements, and government agencies.

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Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies

The Center for Latin American, Caribbean & Latino Studies was established at the Graduate Center in 2001. CLACLS promotes the study and understanding of Latin American and Caribbean cultures and the communities established in the United States, with a special focus on New York City, by peoples from this vast and extraordinarily diverse region. CLACLS has organized numerous public forums, lectures, symposia, academic conferences, public presentations of art, music, dance, and photography with colleagues from Mexico, Argentina, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. With a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, CLACLS organized and helps administer an interdisciplinary M.A. concentration in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies in the M.A. Program in Liberal Studies.

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Center for Place, Culture and Politics

The 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 at the CUNY Graduate Center. As the name suggests, most of the pressing political and economic issues of today occur at the nexus of place and culture. Since its inception, the center has become an eminent intellectual and public nucleus for these kinds of issues. The center runs a weekly seminar, hosts distinguished lecture series, and organizes conferences following a theme which changes each year.

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Center for the Humanities

The Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY, was founded in 1993 as a public forum for people who take ideas seriously inside and outside the academy. By bringing together CUNY students and faculty with prominent journalists, artists, and civic leaders, the Center seeks to promote the humanities and humanistic perspectives in the social sciences. In the tradition of CUNY and the Graduate Center’s commitment to ensuring access to the highest levels of educational opportunity for all New Yorkers, all events are free and open to the public.

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Center for the Study of Women and Society

Since 1977, the Center for the Study of Women and Society has promoted interdisciplinary feminist scholarship. The focus of the center's research agenda is the study of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class and nation in relationship to the experiences of women and men in societies around the world.

The center cosponsors with the Women's Studies Certificate Program intellectual exchange symposia and lectures--among scholars within CUNY as well as with visiting scholars. The center also seeks to collaborate with grassroots and professional organizations.


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Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, directed by Professor Kathleen D. McCarthy, is committed to strengthening civil society through education, research, and leadership training. Since its inception, the Center has focused on the philanthropic activities of institutions and individuals, with an emphasis on civil society globally, the role of women, and local giving. Through seminars and sponsored research projects, the Center provides opportunities for CUNY faculty and doctoral students to explore common themes across disciplines and across borders. The Center’s Leaders in Philanthropy series provides a forum where CUNY faculty and representatives of local foundations and nonprofit organizations discuss key issues in the philanthropic and voluntary sectors. The Center’s signature International Fellows Program brings nonprofit practitioners and scholars to the Graduate Center from around the globe to conduct research and study with leaders from the Third Sector. To date, the Center has hosted 198 Fellows-in-residence from 63 countries around the globe.

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Center for Urban Research

The Center for Urban Research organizes research on the critical issues that face New York and other large cities in the U.S. and abroad, collaborates with public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and other partners, and holds forums for the media, foundations, community organizations and others about urban research at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Our website provides access to dynamic maps, data sets, and research findings about New York City and other metropolitan centers.

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CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies

CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies provides intellectual leadership towards understanding and addressing the issues that affect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals and the members of other sexual and gender minorities. As the first university-based LGBTQ research center in the United States, CLAGS nurtures cutting-edge scholarship; organizes colloquia for examining and affirming LGBTQ lives; and fosters network-building among academics, artists, activists, policy makers, and community members. CLAGS stands committed to maintaining a broad program of public events, online projects, and fellowships that promote reflection on queer pasts, presents, and futures.

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CUNY Institute for Software Design and Development (CISDD)

The CUNY Institute for Software Design and Development promotes economic development in New York City and encourages the growth of the New York software industry. Specifically, CISDD pairs CUNY's experienced faculty members with software industry professionals and governmental institutions to sponsor and develop the research and creation of new and marketable software technologies, provides specialized professional development courses, creates job opportunities and continues to build CUNY's reputation as a software center in New York.

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European Union Studies Center

The EUSC is dedicated to promoting research and debate on the diverse issues and challenges facing the European Union. The approach to the research and analysis is interdisciplinary; it includes political, economic, legal, social and cultural aspects of the Union as a whole, as well as relations between European Union member states, and the European Union's relationship to the rest of the world. The emphasis of the studies reflects the recent developments in the EU. In addition, the center explores the challenges of the Union's enlargement through the accession of central and eastern European countries, and, finally, the grand visions of a future for Europe.

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Gotham Center for New York City History

The Gotham Center is the only academic institution devoted to advancing scholarly and public knowledge of New York City’s rich and living past. Our mission is to support innovative research in this critical field, to make that knowledge available to the widest possible audience, and to historically inform policy debate and culture. 

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Henri Peyre French Institute

The Henri Peyre French Institute sponsors a variety of conferences, seminars, and lectures that relate to the arts and humanities in French and Francophone culture, including exhibits, poetry readings, and artistic performances. The Institute also supports visiting scholars and encourages programs and projects of an interdisciplinary nature. A number of publications appear under its auspices.

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Human Ecodynamics Research Center

The Human Ecodynamics Research Center (HERC) at the Graduate Center is coordinating the effort of scholars in a formal research collaborative addressing crucial issues of sustainability, resilience, and the future of humans on earth. HERC focuses on the past and present global interactions of humans and the natural world, using fields of inquiry and methods of investigation from anthropology, archaeology, sociology, geosciences, climatology, biological sciences, art, history, and political science.

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Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Context

The CUNY Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Context (ILETC) was founded in 2012 with the broad mandate of researching, supporting, coordinating, and advocating for language learning across the university. ILETC is supported through university-wide funding, as well as through the individual support of Hunter College, Queens College, and The Graduate Center.

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Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas & the Caribbean (IRADAC)

The Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean, was founded to address the African presence in the Americas through scholarly research and public programs for the betterment of the lay public as well as the academic community. Its central mission is to foster understanding and critical interpretation of the history, development, conditions, status and cultures of the diverse peoples of African descent living in the various societies of the Western Hemisphere. Although its focus is on the black experience in Canada and the United States, Central and South America, and the Caribbean, the center's scope extends to any region of the African Diaspora in both its multidisciplinary scholarship and public programs.

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Latin/Greek Institute

The Latin/Greek Institute of the City University of New York, founded in 1973, is a collaborative effort of the City University Graduate Center and Brooklyn College. The Institute offers intensive, total-immersion programs in ancient languages during the summer that enable serious, highly motivated undergraduate, and graduate students to cover the material normally included in several semesters of conventional work in a single summer. All programs are team-taught by experienced instructors.

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Leon Levy Center for Biography

Established by a generous gift from the Leon Levy Foundation and envisioned as a hub for writers, scholars, students and readers of biography, the Leon Levy Center for Biography seeks to build connections between independent and university-affiliated biographers across the disciplines and to cultivate lively discussions about the art and craft of biography historically and in our time.

Executive Director Kai Bird moderates a panel entitled "Spies & Biography." The panelists are David Ignatius, Adam Sisman and Joseph Kanon.

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Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC)

MEMEAC's mission is to promote the study of the Middle East and Middle Eastern Americans.  Established in 2001, MEMEAC is the only center in the country that incorporates the Middle Eastern American experience into Middle East Studies.

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Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (MESTC), is a non-profit center for theatre, dance and film affiliated with CUNY’s Ph.D. Program in Theatre. The Center’s mission is to bridge the gap between academia and the professional performing arts communities both within the United States and internationally. By providing an open environment for the development of educational, community-driven, and professional projects in the performing arts, MESTC is a home to theatre scholars, students, playwrights, actors, dancers, directors, dramaturgs, and performing arts managers from the local and international theatre communities. Through diverse programming—staged readings, theatre events, panel discussions, lectures, conferences, film screenings, dance—and a number of publications, MESTC enables artists, academics, visiting scholars and performing arts professionals to participate actively in the advancement and appreciation of the entire range of theatrical experience. The Center presents staged readings to further the development of new and classic plays, lecture series, televised seminars featuring professional and academic luminaries, and arts in education programs, and maintains its long-standing visiting-scholars-from-abroad program. In addition, the Center publishes a series of highly regarded academic journals, as well as books, including plays in translation, written, translated and edited by leading scholars.

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Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies

The Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies engages in research, graduate training, and public education about international affairs and contemporary global problem-solving with a focus on multilateralism and international institutions. Founded in 1973 as the Ralph Bunche Institute on the United Nations, it was renamed in 2001 and given a broader interdisciplinary scope with the mandate to support and further strengthen international studies at the Graduate Center.

The Ralph Bunche Institute houses the Center for Global Ethics and Politics; the Future of the United Nations Development System; the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect; the United Nations Intellectual History Project; and the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity.

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Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society (RISLUS)

The institute conducts basic and applied research on the structure and use of language by social groups in New York and other urban settings, as well as on human, social, and educational issues associated with the language of urban groups.

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Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality

The James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality was launched on September 1, 2016. The Stone Center expanded and replaced the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) Center, which opened its doors at the Graduate Center in 2009.

The mission of the Stone Center is to build and disseminate knowledge related to the causes, nature, and consequences of multiple forms of socio-economic inequality. The Center’s associated faculty and students share a commitment to scholarship that is quantitative, data-driven, interdisciplinary, and policy-oriented, and that addresses questions that are cross-nationally comparative and/or global in scope.

The Stone Center has several components. It houses the US Office of LIS, which is the partner office to the Luxembourg Office of LIS; the two LIS offices collaborate to carry out the work of LIS, the renowned cross-national microdata archive. The Center also sponsors an array of public programs, including three lecture series; its associated faculty teach courses and workshops at the Graduate Center; and the Center hosts research activities, including a Research and Policy Briefs series.

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Saul Kripke Center

Established in 2007, the Saul Kripke Center houses the archives of Professor Saul A. Kripke, one of the Graduate Center's most distinguished philosophers and logicians, who has made significant and wide-ranging contributions to both mathematical logic and philosophy.

The center is currently creating a digital archive to preserve Professor Kripke's works, including recordings of lectures and seminars dating back to 1970, and lecture notes, manuscripts, and philosophical and mathematical correspondence dating back to the 1950's. The Center sponsors graduate fellowships for students enrolled in the CUNY Graduate Center's Ph.D Program in Philosophy. The Center also makes its archive available for visiting scholars and hosts regular "brown-bag lunch" talks as well as colloquia by distinguished Kripke Scholars.

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Teaching and Learning Center

The CUNY Graduate Center’s Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) was founded in 2015 to connect existing and create additional opportunities for GC students to evolve as educators. Our work includes preparing new college teachers for their entry into the classroom, guiding developing teachers as they refine their practices, and helping experienced teachers think through how to best apply their teaching experiences in the next stages of their careers, whether those careers be inside the classroom or out.

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The Writers' Institute at The Graduate Center

Now approaching its fifth year, The Writers’ Institute at the Graduate Center is designed with both creative ambitions and real-world practicalities. Our mission is to enable thirty talented, highly motivated and exceptionally qualified writers to hone their craft under the auspices of some of today’s most accomplished magazine, newspaper, and book editors. Take a look at the eminent faculty profiled on our home page.

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