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.

James M. & Cathleen D. Stone Center On Socio-Economic Inequality

The James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality—known as the Stone Center—was launched on September 1, 2016. It renames and expands the Graduate Center’s 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. Although the Stone Center’s associated faculty and students have diverse interests and utilize a range of methods, they 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 four core faculty members, all professors at the CUNY Graduate Center: Janet Gornick (Professor of Political Science and Sociology), Leslie McCall (Presidential Professor of Sociology), Paul Krugman (Distinguished Professor of Economics), and Branko Milanovic (Visiting Presidential Professor). Janet Gornick serves as the Stone Center’s Director and Leslie McCall as its Associate Director.

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.

Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society is committed to strengthening civil society through education, interdisciplinary research, and leadership training, and works to link academic approaches with practitioner needs.

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.