The Advanced Research Collaborative 

The Immigration Seminar Series 

The GC Immigration Working Group is a student-led group based at the Graduate Center at CUNY.  Graduate students  established this working group in 2009 to bring resources from the CUNY system and City of New York together and to provide a space for students, faculty, and other immigration researchers to collaborate and support each other.There are currently 18 graduate student leaders who are active in the group.

The Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies was inaugurated in October 2001 with the support of a broad cross section of Latin American and Latino-studies faculty specialists representing academic disciplines in the arts, social sciences, and humanities from every CUNY college. CLACLS has worked to promote the study and understanding of Latin American and Caribbean cultures and the communities established in the United States by peoples from this vast and extraordinarily diverse region with a special focus on the New York City metropolitan area.

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 more than 80 faculty scholars across CUNY 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 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. Our 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. The Institute’s primary focus on the black experience in Canada and the United States, Central and South America, and the Caribbean does not preclude any region of the African Diaspora from the scope of its multidisciplinary scholarship and public programs.

The Research Center for Korean Community at CUNY’s Queens College is directed by Graduate Center faculty member Pyong Gap Min. It promotes research on Korean Americans and disseminates data and information on Korean Americans to the Queens College community, the Korean community, and the Korean government.

The Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center’s (MEMEAC’s) mission is to promote the study of the Middle East and Middle Eastern Americans. Established in 2001 and based at the Graduate Center at CUNY, MEMEAC is the only center in the country that incorporates the Middle Eastern American experience into Middle East Studies.

The CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR) was established by the City University of New York in 2007 as part of a significant commitment to launch New York’s first demographic research and training program, thereby producing an intellectually vibrant community of scholars in that field. It is comprised of affiliates from many of the 23 CUNY campuses. Building on the presence of more than 30 demographers CUNY-wide, the City University of New York hired nine new faculty members in the field during the past few years. CIDR is housed at Baruch College, located at 22nd Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan.

The Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies is an interdisciplinary forum for scholars, policy makers, and civil society leaders working on contemporary issues in the Americas. The Center is dedicated to promoting understanding and policy-oriented research concerning governability, human security and economic well-being of communities in the Americas. Founded in 1982 with the support of philanthropist Albert Bildner, the Center was re-inaugurated under the leadership of Professor of Sociology Mauricio Font in the 1999-2000 academic year.

The Certificate Program in Africana Studies at the Graduate Center produces scholars who are fully conversant with this diverse field, providing them with the analytic and research tools to navigate and articulate the black experience while furthering the ongoing dialogue on race and identity. Doctoral candidates enrolled at the Graduate Center can complete a Certificate in Africana Studies. The study of the African Diaspora as it is manifested in social and cultural structures outside of the African continent has emerged over the last decade and a half as one of the academic world’s most active interdisciplinary arenas.

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.

The Center for Urban Research organizes basic 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 to help them understand how to respond to the challenges they face, and informs the media, opinion-shapers, and the public about urban research at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

The Committee on Globalization and Social Change (CGSC) at the Graduate Center is an interdisciplinary working group composed of a core group of CUNY faculty interested in reflecting on globalization as an analytic category for understanding social change as well as on the intersecting social changes commonly associated with the category globalization.

The European Union Studies Center 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.

LIS, formerly known as The Luxembourg Income Study, is a data archive and research center dedicated to cross-national analysis. LIS is home to two databases, the Luxembourg Income Study Database, and theLuxembourg Wealth Study DatabaseJanet Gornick, Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center, is Director of LIS in Luxembourg as well as Director of the LIS Center at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York.

The Anthropology Program at the Graduate Center provides doctoral training in each of the discipline’s subfields: cultural anthropology, archaeology, physical anthropology, and linguistic anthropology.

The Sociology Department at the Graduate Center hosts a Ph.D. Program that develops sociologists of broad theoretical background who are trained in a mixture of research methods, from survey research to ethnographic, historical and comparative approaches. We currently have 150 sociology students in our doctoral program, and about 50 participating doctoral faculty.

The Political Science Department at the Graduate Center consists of a community of scholars dedicated to the tasks of acquiring, expanding, and transmitting reliable knowledge about political phenomena. Its essential function is to educate professional political scientists, capable of independent research and qualified for careers in academic institutions, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.

The Economics Department at the Graduate Center is designed to educate future researchers and teachers who will contribute to the development and application of knowledge in economics.   The program emphasizes the development of research skills and the acquisition of knowledge in specialized fields of the students’ choice.  Students completing the program are prepared for careers in universities, government, consulting firms, and business enterprises.

The History Department at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York is a major center for research and graduate training in a wide array of fields of historical inquiry, ranging from ancient to contemporary times and covering Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, and East Asia.

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