Centers in Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Center for Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research

The Center on Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research, a program affiliated with REGSS and an affiliate of the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) at Duke University, strives to support research investigating the integration of social, behavioral, and biological aspects of health disparities. The center provides infrastructure support for the operation of research on health disparities in the form of computer support, grants management, and information networking on scholarly and practical aspects. Our center has a diverse range of interests including CVD, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes/Obesity, Dementia, and Sickle Cell Disease. We are also involved in examinations of how age is related to the stratification, as well as the causal etiology of these conditions. Core faculty include members of the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience.

Center for Child and Family Policy

The Center for Child and Family Policy (CCFP) brings together faculty, researchers, staff, and students in an effort to contribute to solutions to important problems affecting today’s children and families, through an integrated system of teaching, research, service, and policy engagement. The Center emphasizes the bridge from basic research to policy and practice. Faculty from the following arts and sciences departments participate: economics, sociology, statistical science, psychology & neuroscience, and the Social Science Research Institute.

Center for Cognitive Neuroscience

The Center for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN) serves as the central focus at Duke University for research, education, and training in the psychological, computational, and biological mechanisms of higher mental function; variability in these mechanisms among individuals, across the lifespan, and between species; application of these mechanisms to real-world problems; and their dissolution in disease and mental disorders. Cognitive neuroscience is by its nature interdisciplinary, and addresses longstanding questions about brain and mind from new perspectives that cut across traditional intellectual and departmental boundaries. CCN research focuses on perception, attention, memory, language, emotion, decision making, social interaction, morality, motor control, executive function, and the evolution and development of mental processes. Participating arts & sciences departments include psychology & neuroscience, philosophy, evolutionary anthropology, computer science, and linguistics.

Center for French and Francophone Studies

The Center for French and Francophone Studies fosters interdisciplinary French studies. Designated an official Centre Pluridisciplinaire by the Cultural Services division of the French Embassy, the center is an umbrella, a catalyst, and an organizing force designed to consolidate and intensify intellectual energies across the campus and throughout the region. The Center sponsors and co-sponsors a variety of cross-disciplinary activities, including colloquia and workshops; visits by distinguished writers, scholars, joumalists, theater troupes, and researchers; screenings of the best new French films; and virtual and actual intellectual collaborations and exchanges.

Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research

The Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research is an instigator and facilitator of a broad range of health policy and health disparities research that address policy relevant issues. Activities focus on population based  health research, health systems research, and intervention and evaluation research. The Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research (CHPIR) fosters an interdisciplinary collaborative investigative environment that also seeks to educate Duke students by providing experiences in working with our research teams and through individual mentorship.
 

Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Science

The Duke Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Science (D-CIDES) was formed in 2010 as a campus-wide center that was jointly affiliated with two of Duke’s Signature Institutes, the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS) and the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI). It brings together Duke’s diverse and campus-wide strengths in the decision sciences – including behavioral economics, judgment and decision making, marketing, neuroeconomics, medical decision making, and addiction – into a single community for programs, education, and new research collaborations. Core programs include an ongoing speaker series, funding for postdoctoral fellows, student travel awards, and affiliated coursework.
 

Center for Jewish Studies

The Center for Jewish Studies is an inter­departmental program focused on the exploration of Jewish language, literature, history, and culture. The program offers courses including on topics such as religion, political science, history, cultural anthropology, comparative literature, Hebrew language and literature, women's studies, Germanic languages, and more. The Center offers students the flexibility to design a curriculum that meets their individual interests.  In addition to our internationally respected faculty, Duke is home to one of the finest collections of Jewish haggadot, theological and liturgical printed works, manuscripts, papers, diaries and art.

Center for Late Ancient Studies

The Center for Late Ancient Studies seeks to promote the interdisciplinary study of the culture of the Roman Empire, its neighbors and successors, from the second to the eighth century C.E.  Duke has gained international recognition through its sponsorship of a distinguished annual lecture series, and the center acts as an intellectual focus for the graduate students and faculty from different departments with shared historical commitment. In addition to the annual lecture series, the Center is active in creating and maintaining reading and discussion groups as well as in arranging conferences. Closely collaborating with colleagues from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Center also aims at establishing substantive inter-institutional links with neighboring universities.

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The Duke Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies aims to prepare better educated citizens and future leaders who may work in fields related to Latin America & the Caribbean in academics, business, arts, government, and many other careers. The center oversees and coordinates graduate and undergraduate education in Latin American and Caribbean studies at Duke and promotes research and dissemination of knowledge about the region. Its activities encompass the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and the professional schools.

Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Duke University has been an important international center for interdisciplinary medieval and Renaissance studies for over fifty years. The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies collaborates on many projects with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University in the Joint Program for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. The program itself offers an undergraduate major and minor within Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, and a certificate of graduate study within the Graduate School. Duke's libraries contain over 5,000,000 volumes, ranking among the top private university library systems in the United States. In addition to large holdings in art history, British history, English literature, musicology, medieval Church history, and Reformation and post- Reformation materials, the various campus libraries contain several distinguished special collections of medieval and early modern materials.
 

Center for Molecular and Biomolecular Imaging

The Center for Molecular and Biomolecular Imaging is a multidisciplinary program that integrates activities in engineering, the life sciences and medicine. Participating faculty are based in Departments across the University, including basic science departments (such as chemistry, physics, and biology), engineering departments (such as biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering) and medical school departments (such as biochemistry and radiology); this list is meant to be representative, not exclusive. The Program emphasizes research, education and interactions with industry. The focus of the program is upon imaging technologies, from the subcellular level to preclinical (animal) and clinical (human) studies in biological systems. Such work spans the most basic research to direct research applications and implementations in medicine and health care. It may also incorporate significant thrusts in non-biological imaging.

Center for Nonlinear and Complex Systems

The Center for Nonlinear and Complex Systems (CNCS) fosters research and teaching of nonlinear dynamics and the mechanisms governing emergent phenomena in complex systems. The CNCS at Duke is widely recognized for the breadth of its activities and the overall quality of the research which it engenders. The Center provides a regular seminar series and a Graduate Certificate Program, as well as numerous opportunities for undergraduate and graduate research through its associated faculty.

Center for Population Health and Aging

The Center for Population Health and Aging (CPHA) is one of two research centers housed within the Duke University Population Research Institute designed to bring together the many faculty and post-doctoral researchers at Duke involved in innovative interdisciplinary research in the areas of population health and aging. The center provides an interdisciplinary environment designed to foster important research breakthroughs in the biological, medical, and biomedical demography of aging and in the development and application of innovative mathematical and statistical demographic tools and methods.

Center for the History of Political Economy

The mission of the Center for the History of Political Economy is to promote and support research in, and the teaching of, the history of economics. It supports an active Fellowship and Visiting Scholars program, a regular Workshop series, a Hope Lunch series for the discussion of work in progress, special events, a summer Teaching Institute, and, with Duke University Press, the annual History of Political Economy conference.
 

Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences

The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences (REGSS) provides a context where scholars interested in examining the constructs of race, ethnicity, and gender from an interdisciplinary perspective can engage each other in dialogue and collaboration. It offers opportunities for scholars researching issues of race, ethnicity, and gender to connect with colleagues in other departments and schools. REGSS provides a context where scholars interested in examining the constructs of race, ethnicity, and gender from an interdisciplinary perspective can engage each other in dialogue and collaboration. It offers opportunities for scholars researching issues of race, ethnicity, and gender to connect with colleagues in other departments and schools. Our questions and our methodologies draw on disciplinary backgrounds that include economics, history, political science, psychology, public policy, and sociology.

Center for Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences

The Center for Theoretical & Mathematical Sciences aims to foster and support cross-disciplinary theoretical and mathematical research and education in the natural and engineering sciences at Duke. The center provides an intellectual home for scientists in all fields who use theoretical and mathematical research methods, to exchange ideas, to discuss scientific problems of common interest, and to develop new collaborations; and exposes Duke faculty and students to progress in the theoretical and mathematical sciences by organizing guest lectures, seminars, and workshops.

Center on Globalization, Governance and Competitiveness

The Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC) is built around the use of global value chains methodology to study the effects of globalization on various topics of interest including: industrial upgrading, international competitiveness, the environment, global health, engineering and entrepreneurship, and innovation in the global knowledge economy. Through our research, in which we seek to engage a network of researchers and educators from around the world, we strive to link global, national and local levels of analysis to shed light on the effects of globalization on governments, institutions and corporations. CGGC is dedicated to undertaking innovative, interdisciplinary research projects which harness the strengths of social science research methodology while involving scholars from diverse disciplines which range from engineering to medicine to the environmental sciences.

Duke Center for South Asian Studies

The Duke Center for South Asian Studies is dedicated to the interdisciplinary and cross-schools study of and research in that part of the world labeled South Asia.  This region covers the modern nation-states of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.  While faculty and graduate students dedicated to the humanistic and social scientific study of this region are largely located in the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, South Asian Studies faculty have appointments as well in the Duke Global Health Initiative, Fuqua School of Business, Nicholas School of the Environment, and Sanford School of Public Policy.

Duke Financial Economics Center

The Duke Financial Economics Center (DFE) leverages Duke’s cutting edge research, world-class liberal arts curriculum, and actively engaged alumni to provide both educational and career opportunities to all Duke students interested in exploring finance.

Duke Human Rights Center

The Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and students to promote new understandings about human rights, with special emphasis on issues of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, income inequality and the environment. The Center is committed to the goal of social justice, and the politics of forgiveness, accountability and reconciliation. It seeks to promote collaborative, cross-disciplinary , and critical thinking about human rights, with particular emphasis on developing undergraduate courses that highlight these questions, and sponsoring campus-wide events that encourage awareness and activism on human rights issues.

Duke Islamic Studies Center

The Duke Islamic Studies Center is a vibrant, diverse community of scholars and students engaged in interdisciplinary teaching, interactive learning, and cutting-edge research about Islam and Muslims. Duke's Center is one of the leading institutions in North America for the study of Islam and Muslims. Its comparative, cross-cultural approach to Islamic studies will foster fresh interpretations of Islam and encourage creative solutions to the economic, political and social challenges involving Muslims. We are committed to working with partners at home and abroad to provide undergraduate and graduate students, professionals and policy makers with the knowledge about Muslims and Islamic cultures, beliefs and practices that will enable them to operate effectively in a multicultural world.

Duke Network Analysis Center

The Duke Network Analysis Center aims to: (a) help make visible the cutting-edge network scholarship currently ongoing on campus, (b) promote new collaborations in network science, (c) introduce new researchers to network science and train them in its methods and applications, (d) provide a research service in network analysis methods to the wider Duke community, and (e) enhance Duke’s position as a leader in the research triangle and throughout the nation in this exciting interdisciplinary field.

HASTAC - Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory

HASTAC ("haystack") is a network of individuals and institutions inspired by the possibilities that new technologies offer us for shaping how we learn, teach, communicate, create, and organize our local and global communities.  We are motivated by the conviction that the digital era provides rich opportunities for informal and formal learning and for collaborative, networked research that extends across traditional disciplines, across the boundaries of academe and community, across the "two cultures" of humanism and technology, across the divide of thinking versus making, and across social strata and national borders.

Humanities Writ Large

Humanities Writ Large is a five-year initiative, with the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aimed at redefining the role of the humanities in undergraduate education. Humanities Writ Large aims to infuse the undergraduate experience with opportunities to conduct humanities research and thereby learn how humanities fields contribute valuable new knowledge through humanistic analysis, perspective and methods. Emerging Networks are a culture change mechanism intended to shift humanities research towards broadly collaborative, interdisciplinary engagements in contrast to the largely solitary efforts that tend to characterize traditional humanities research. Humanities Labs are multi-year programs designed around a theme and intended to drive change and innovation in our undergraduate humanities curriculum through new courses and student research opportunities.

Information Science + Studies

The Information Science + Studies (ISS) helps students fill the gap between current academic training and the increasing demand in all professions for a broad understanding of the legal, social, philosophical, computational, and aesthetic issues concerning information technology and other related innovations. The program's integrated curriculum combines topics and practices including information management; photonics and visualization; multimedia design; issues of security, privacy, and property; and the history of science and technology. At the undergraduate level, we offer a Certificate in Information Science + Studies, independent study options and co-curricular opportunities. At the graduate level, we offer a Certificate in Comptutational Media, Arts & Cultures; and we support the master of arts in Digital Art History/Computational Media, and the Ph.D. Lab in Digital Knowledge.

Philosophy, Arts and Literature

The Center for Philosophy, Arts & Literature (PAL) encourages and promotes work that places literature, theater, painting, film, and other arts in conversation with philosophy without reducing them to mere illustrations of philosophical paradigms. It seeks to foster conversation between writers and artists and scholars and critics by organizing or co-sponsoring conferences, symposia and more informal working groups.

Program in Asian Security Studies

The Program in Asian Security Studies (PASS) offers new routes to the study of contemporary security issues in East Asia. By drawing together a network of scholars from the U.S., Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan, PASS provides in-depth research on long-term security concerns with a focus on mapping the impact of domestic politics on regional security. PASS organizes conferences and lectures at Duke and around the U.S. that bring together scholars, policy analysts and government officials.

Research NETWORK on Racial and Ethnic InEquality

The Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality (The Network) is a consortium of scholars engaged in interdisciplinary inquiry on disparities between racial and ethnic groups in a comparative, cross-national context. The center’s researchers examine the social structures and policies that have produced group-based disparities in wealth, income, employment, education, politics, health (both physical and mental), in addition to analyzing the transmission of advantage or disadvantage across generations.