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

Kabul Airport

Where Do Afghanistan’s Refugees Go?

Tazreena Sajjad on the realities of Afghans fleeing their country, and where these newly displaced refugees are likely to go. 

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Cross on a hill

20 Years Later: Bosnia-Herzegovina

Daniel Gerstein on U.S. intervention in Bosnia and peacekeeping 20 years after a heartbreaking tragedy.


Akbar Ahmed

Examining Islam's Golden Age

Akbar Ahmed's new book 'The Flying Man' examines the scholars of Islam's Golden Age.

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Security, Technology, Innovation ·

A Breeding Ground for Conspiracies:
How QAnon Helped Bring About the U.S. Capitol Assault

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Listen now to the latest episode: The National Security Legacy of 9/11

Overcoming Denialism from the Top

Nina Yamanis on how local health leaders mobilized to fill a gap in Tanzania's COVID response.



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Caste & environmental 'unfreedoms'

Malini Ranganathan writes on caste and racilaization as markers of environmental inquality in urban India.



Our Extractive Age

Five SIS Faculty members are represented in this new open access volume on violence and natural resoure extraction.



Yang Zhang in AJS

Yang Zhang writes on why elites rebeled during the Taiping Civil War in China in American Journal of Sociology.


Creating a Foundation for Social Justice

Grad school is an opportunity to learn new skills and about other issues.

IPCR gave me the skills needed to work with groups of various backgrounds—knowing what to ask, how to behave, how to develop projects and identify what needs to be identified. What are the gaps? The IPCR program showed me how to assess and respond to them.