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Research Centers and Institutes

Within Maxwell's 10 interdisciplinary research centers (and array of regional centers), you'll find a diverse mix of faculty and students with wide-ranging interests, backgrounds, career aspirations and disciplines, working together to address pressing public affairs issues. Graduate students regularly publish their scholarly research in major academic and general interest publications.  


Aging Studies Institute (includes Policy, Place and Population Health Lab)

Autonomous Systems Policy Institute

Campbell Public Affairs Institute

Center for Environmental Policy and Administration

Center for Policy Research (includes Maxwell X Lab)

Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism

Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics and the Media

Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion

Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration


Center for European Studies

Central Asia and the Caucasus

East Asia Program

Korean Peninsula Affairs Center

Maxwell African Scholars Union

Middle Eastern Studies Program

Program on Latin America and the Caribbean

South Asia Center

Undergraduate students showcase their work and compete for awards at Maxwell's annual Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship.


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One of the ways in which a Maxwell School education is different than perhaps what some of our peers offer is that when you think about many of the complex challenges facing our nation today, they're not going to be solved by any one discipline. So when we educate students, we think about educating leaders who are able to deal with complexity and uncertainty. And one of the ways that we do that is to actually have students involved in the research in one of our 10 interdisciplinary research centers.

Increasingly universities are talking about the grand challenges of our time. Nearly all of those are being addressed in some capacity in Maxwell. So a number of people are interested in poverty and inequality. And that's happening both within the departments, but also in the research centers. Environmental issues, something like climate change. The policy and governance issues of autonomous systems. Everyone in the school is committed to research that matters.

We bring in a lot of guest speakers on all kinds of topics. Some of them are internationally known scholars. But we also bring in people from industry, people who are really at the top of their game. And so we always allow time for student groups or individual students to meet with outside visitors. And that can be really useful for them too.

Despite having perhaps different research interests, I find that I have interacted with all the faculty in a way where they've shown genuine interest in my research and have offered advice from their own perspective and have offered their help in any way, if I needed it.

I personally have published with several graduate students and so have several other faculty members as well in our department. So it's a very open and friendly and equal collaborative relationship between faculty members and graduate students.

You really get to know all the professors that you ever take a class from, which allows you to have one on one conversations. That's basically how I got involved with the autonomous systems policy initiative. It's kind of incredible that I'm a freshman, being able to do research that's really interesting.

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