Research Centers & Initiatives

The College of Liberal Arts offers many different departmental research centers with resources for students focused on collaborative academic research, exploration, and learning.

African Studies Initiative

The African Studies Initiative (ASI) stems from the premise that the interactions among the various regions of Africa, as well as with the rest of the world, are critical to scholarly enterprise. ASI explores themes such as race and ethnicity, urbanization and migration, modernity and modernism, transnationalism and globalization, as well as representation and language.

Center for Applied & Translational Sensory Science

The Center for Applied & Translational Sensory Science aims to address and solve sensory deficit problems by facilitating research and grant funding, enhancing collaboration and outreach to the medical-device industry, and providing doctoral and post-doctoral training. The Center is also home to the Multi-Sensory Perception Laboratory, which studies audio-visual perception in a variety of simulated environments.

Center for Austrian Studies

The Center for Austrian Studies is an interdisciplinary center for the study of the Habsburg Empire, Austria and other successor states, and the new Europe. It connects students, scholars, and an international community with resources in Austria, Central Europe, the European Union, and Minnesota.

Center for Early Modern History

The Center for Early Modern History focuses on studying the early modern world emphasizing a global and comparative approach and supporting historical work, drawing upon a variety of disciplines, methodologies, and perspectives.

Center for German and European Studies

One of the nation's top centers promoting teaching and research on Germany and Europe, the Center for German and European Studies seeks to connect established and emerging scholars, students, K–12 teachers, policymakers, business leaders and other professionals, and the general public.

Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies promotes public awareness, academic research, and education on the Holocaust and other genocides as central components towards the prevention of and response to mass violence.

Center for Jewish Studies

The Center for Jewish Studies fosters a new understanding of Jewish culture and history by supporting the academic study of the historical, cultural, linguistic, ethnic, geographic, and religious diversity of the full range of peoples who identify themselves as Jewish.

Center for Medieval Studies

The Center for Medieval Studies encourages collegial interaction, scholarly collaboration, and community outreach among faculty and graduate students in all areas of medieval studies. It offers graduate and undergraduate courses and organizes formal colloquia and informal workshops alongside other scholarly events.

Center for the Study of Political Psychology

Widely regarded as one of the premier research and graduate training centers in the United States, the Center for the Study of Political Psychology (CSPP) is dedicated to the establishment of a strong research community for social scientists focused on the theoretical and practical advancement of political psychology. 

Center for Writing

Through individual consultations and in partnership with academic departments, the Center for Writing supports students and educators who practice, teach, and research writing at the University of Minnesota, throughout the state, and around the world.

Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World

The Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World unites many premodern studies programs at the University of Minnesota, promoting multidisciplinary research and teaching in global premodern studies. It also works to integrate graduate training in established humanities and social sciences disciplines with a multidisciplinary graduate program in global premodern studies.

Davis Center

The Julia M. Davis Speech-Language-Hearing Center offers a broad range of services for individuals with impairments of speech, language, and hearing. The Davis Center strives to provide service to the community and the University of Minnesota, and advocates for individuals with speech, language, hearing, or cognitive communication disorders.

European Studies Consortium 

The European Studies Consortium (ESC) promotes and supports inquiry into Europe related issues that engage scholars across disciplinary and collegiate borders.

Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute

Launched in 2010, The Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute aims to advance Minnesota’s legacy of producing field-shaping research and to build a bridge between its world-class economic research and policy that promotes the public good.

Humanistic Commons

The Humanistic Commons is an initiative whose aim is to cross disciplinary, intellectual, cultural, and political boundaries as an inclusive forum for discussion and debate around urgent issues of our times, including the future of the humanities in the academy.

Immigration History Research Center

The Immigration History Research Center strives to promote interdisciplinary research on migration, race, and ethnicity in the US and the world by documenting immigrant and refugee experiences (especially in the US) and supporting public programming connecting research to contemporary issues and communities.

Language Center

The Language Center supports the teaching and learning of languages with technology. Staff provide assistance to language instructors developing courses, help find conversation partners for language students through the TandemPlus program, and provide language proficiency assessments.

Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science

The Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science advances research and graduate training in the philosophy of science and related studies of science and technology. The center conducts collaborative research and conferences with researchers from around the world.

Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies

The Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Initiative (RIGS) was created to support innovative research, teaching, and community-building for scholars engaged with issues of race, indigeneity, gender, and sexuality. RIGS is dedicated to bringing faculty and students together to pursue lines of inquiry that challenge systems of power and inequality, assert human dignity, and imagine social transformation.