Research with purpose.

SIS is a diverse community united by a common commitment to service.

At SIS, the pursuit of knowledge aims to tackle the greatest global challenges of our time. Our research approach is inclusive and multidisciplinary, a place where issues and outcomes matter more than methodologies and schools of thought. We believe that the inclusion of diverse approaches and views is the foundation of rigorous research. We hope you’ll take a moment to explore all of the exciting research projects, publications, and events happening at SIS.

Total grant funding increased more than 50 percent from 2018 to 2019

Recent Highlights

SIS Professor Wil Burns

Award Winner Wil Burns

SIS Professor Wil Burns was selected as the recipient of the 2019 William R. Freudenburg Lifetime Achievement Award.


A mural of famous people of Black culture at the East River Park Shopping Center.

Environment ·

From Urban Resilience to Abolitionist Climate Justice in Washington, DC

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Tree in broken terrarium

Institute for Carbon Removal Law & Policy

Our newest research center is dedicated to assessing the implications of carbon removal technologies and practices.


Mexican migrant workers wait on the side of the road near Bakersfield, California in 1936.

International ·

The Long, Bipartisan History of Dealing with Immigrants Harshly

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Listen now to the latest episode: Rape during Wartime
Rainbow flags hang outside of the Stonewall Inn.

International ·

The Legacy of the Stonewall Riots

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SIS Professor Jessica Trisko Darden

Jessica Trisko Darden & AEI

Jessica Trisko Darden authored a report investigating how and why young people participate in terrorist groups, and how to prevent their radicalization.


SIS Professor Susanna Campbell

Susanna Campbell & USIP

Susanna Campbell serves as a Senior Advisor to the bipartisan Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States, convened by the United States Institute of Peace.


SIS Professor Elizabeth Thompson

Elizabeth Thompson & The Century Foundation

Elizabeth Thompson released a report investigating the failed constitutional reforms in Syria and Egypt in 2011.


SIS Professor Miles Kahler

Miles Kahler & CFR

Miles Kahler and the Council on Foreign Relations start new discussion paper collection exploring illicit underbelly of financial globalization.


SIS Professor Malini Ranganathan

Malini Ranganathan & Antipode Foundation

Funded by the Antipode Foundation, Malini Ranganathan co-hosted a conference on racialization in India.


SIS Professor Robin Broad

Robin Broad & UN Centre on Business & Human Rights

Robin Broad coauthored a report alleging human rights & environmental violations by mining company OceanaGold.


Scholar, Practitioner, Leader

My research allows me to dig deep in the data and get creative.

I advise policymakers on the effects of global integration on local labor markets with an emphasis on Brazil, most recently as a Senior International Economist in President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers. In June of this year, I was honored to be ranked in the top five percent of female economists worldwide, according to IDEAS, the largest bibliographic database dedicated to economics.