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Graduate Research Center

All things GRC and graduate student related.

Graduate Research in Each School

University Centers:

  • Sine Institute of Policy & Politics: The Sine Institute is a laboratory for university-wide collaboration and an incubator for policy innovation, convening the best and brightest in the public, private, academic, and nonprofit sectors, as well as journalism.
  • Center for University Excellence: The Center for University Excellence (CUE) at American University serves as a hub for national and global dialogue on pressing issues facing higher education and society.
  • Center for Latin American & Latino Studies: The Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) engages scholars and practitioners to promote cutting-edge research to enrich understanding of Latin America and of Latino communities in the U.S.
  • Antiracist Research & Policy Center: The Antiracist Research and Policy Center generates scholarly research, educational tools, and policy analysis geared towards dismantling racism in its many forms. We build multidisciplinary initiatives for fostering racial justice, decolonial politics, and intersectional liberation by forging relationships across AU and with external changemakers in the DC region and beyond.
  • Game Lab: The American University Game Lab serves as a hub for experiential education, persuasive play research, and innovative production in the fields of games for change and purposeful play.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

  • Alper Initiative for Washington Art: The Alper Initiative for Washington Art is dedicated to preserving, presenting, and creating the art history of Washington through our exhibitions, events, book collection, and database.
  • Carmel Institute of Russian Culture & History: The Carmel Institute builds lasting connections between Russian and American youth through musical and theater performances, Russian and Soviet film screenings, conferences, student exchanges and trips, and art exhibits.
  • Center for Neuroscience & Behavior: AU's Center for Neuroscience and Behavior provides a unique interdisciplinary research and training environment that promotes excellence in the study of brain function and its manifestation in behavior.
  • Center for Israel Studies: The center sponsors frequent public programs, including conferences, discussions, lecture series, performances and exhibits, in addition to the Minor in Israel Studies.
  • Center on Health, Risk, and Society: Affiliated faculty research focuses on community and economic empowerment, stigma and discrimination, mindfulness, spatial and place-based dynamics, social networks, community disruption, immigration, housing and drug policies, and incarceration and law enforcement, and as they relate to health topics and areas such as: HIV, TB, Zika, gender-based violence, substance use, reproductive health, adolescent and child health.
  • Critical Race, Gender, and Cultural Studies Collaborative: The Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies (CRGC) is a vibrant and inclusive community of faculty and students that explores diverse voices, histories, and experiences through socially engaged scholarship.
  • Humanities Lab: Founded in 2014, the Humanities Lab aims to showcase the humanities at American University by supporting interdisciplinary and collaborative projects and scholarly activities among faculty, students, and the broader community.
  • Info-Metrics Institute: The Institute meets a growing need to connect researchers across disciplines who are working on issues related to information processing and inference with limited information, including the fundamental problem of how to connect the observed and unobserved quantities in a coherent way.
  • Integrated Space Science and Technology Institute: AU’s Institute for Integrated Space Science and Technology (ISSTI) was established in 2017 to expand and create research and educational opportunities for students, staff, and faculty in the areas of astronomy, astrophysics, and heliophysics, in the highly interdisciplinary fields of planetary science, astrobiology, and astrochemistry, and in the applications of physics, engineering, computer science, data analysis, and mathematical modeling to space science and technology.
  • Katzen Arts Center: The Katzen Arts Center brings all the visual and performing arts programs at AU into one 130,000 square foot space. Designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration in the arts, the center provides state-of-the-art instructional, exhibition, and performance space for all the arts disciplines.
  • Nuclear Studies Institute: Founded in 1995, the Institute is dedicated to educating the public about crucial aspects of nuclear history.

Kogod School of Business (Kogod)

  • Center for Innovation: AUCI helps current AU students from all across campus to gain a full understanding of the real world of business and markets by confronting, embracing, and creating opportunities—with the goal of achieving the highest levels of human flourishing and self–actualization.
  • Cybersecurity Governance Center: The Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center (KCGC) is a research initiative of American University’s Kogod School of Business (KSB) focused on cybersecurity and privacy research. 
  • Tax Policy Center: The Kogod School of Business Tax Policy Center promotes independent research with respect to tax policy, tax planning and tax compliance for small and mid-size businesses, entrepreneurs and middle income taxpayers.
  • Business in the Capital: The Kogod School of Business established its "Business in the Capital" center to provide insight on key regional issues and start productive conversations about improving the Greater Washington business climate.

School of Communications (SOC):

  • Center for Environmental Filmmaking: The Center for Environmental Filmmaking (CEF) is one of the leading environmental, wildlife, conservation film programs in the world. Its mission is to advance filmmaking, photography and new forms of media as vital catalysts for raising awareness, promoting solutions and mobilizing movements.

  • Investigative Reporting Workshop: The mission of the Investigative Reporting Workshop is to hold the powerful accountable through original, data-driven investigative reporting produced by experienced journalists working with the next generation of investigative reporters. 

  • Center for Media and Social Impact: The Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI) is a creative innovation lab and research center that focuses on media for equity and social justice. Our work bridges boundaries between scholars, media producers, social justice organizations, and communication practitioners.

  • Internet Government Lab: The Internet Governance Lab conducts evidence-based research, engages in policy formulation, and offers world-class teaching in Internet architecture and governance.

School of Education: 

  • Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success: Founded in 2018, the Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success concentrates its research, professional development opportunities, and knowledge dissemination on improving the postsecondary opportunities for students who are historically disenfranchised and underrepresented on college campuses.
  • Institute for Innovation in Education: The Institute for Innovation in Education (IIE) conducts educational and translational research and administers research-informed professional development initiatives to improve teaching and learning in Washington, DC and beyond. 

School of International Service (SIS): 

  • Accountability Research Center: ARC partners with civil society organizations and policy reformers in the global South to contribute to research and practice in the field of transparency, participation and accountability.
  • ASEAN Studies Initiative: American University’s ASEAN Studies Initiative, the first of its kind to be established in the United States, was formally launched at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia, on July 14, 2009, by Dean of the SIS, Professor Louis Goodman, and the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr. Surin Pitsuwan.
  • Bridging the Gap Project: Bridging the Gap promotes scholarly contributions to public debate and decision making on global challenges and U.S. foreign policy.
  • Center for Security, Innovation, and New Technology: The Center for Security, Innovation, and New Technology (CSINT) is dedicated to critical engagement with the most consequential impacts of emerging technologies across a wide range of research areas.
  • Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment: The Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment’s (FCEA) overarching objective is to assess the social, ethical, political, and legal implications of emerging technologies that fall under the broad rubric of climate engineering (sometimes referred to as “geoengineering” or “climate intervention”)
  • Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy: The Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy is a research center. We are dedicated to the assessment and promotion of sustainable carbon removal.
  • Institute on Disability and Public Policy: The Institute on Disability and Public Policy at American University is a multidisciplinary, cross-campus research center that creates and disseminates knowledge that enables all persons to participate effectively in local, national, and global governance through the use of accessible information and communication technologies.
  • Model G20 Summit: Model G20 is a groundbreaking program designed to expose undergraduates, graduate students, and young professionals to the world of international diplomacy.
  • Robert A. Pastor North American Research Initiative: This joint program promotes and disseminates cutting-edge social science research focused on processes of North American integration. It does so by catalyzing the emergence of a new generation of scholars, from Mexico, Canada, and the United States, devoted to the study of the region.
  • Summer Sisters Exchange Program: The US Summer Sisters Summer Exchange Program encourages gifted, low- to middle-income female high school students from Pakistan to explore education and career options through pre-college programs at US universities.
  • Transnational Challenges and Emerging Dialogue: TRANSCEND. 
  • Transatlantic Policy Center: American University’s Transatlantic Policy Center, a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, is dedicated to studying and promoting a greater understanding of the crucial partnership between Europe and the United States.

School of Public Affairs (SPA): 

  • Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies: American University’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (CCPS) serves scholars, students, policymakers and the public by propelling actionable research, providing public education and promoting a more reasonable democratic square.
  • Center for Data Science: The mission of the AU School of Public Affairs' new Center for Data Science is to provide technical, managerial, and institutional resources to aid research and grant development focused on the production, analysis, and storage of 21st century data.
  • Center for Environmental Policy: The Center for Environmental Policy aims to improve the nation's ability to address environmental challenges through effective governance.
  • Woman and Politics Institute: The Women & Politics Institute provides practical and academic training to women that encourages them to become involved in the political process and facilitates research by faculty and students that enhances our understanding of the challenges and opportunities women face in the political arena.
  • Political Theory Institute: The mission of the Political Theory Institute (PTI) is to encourage the serious study of the great questions of political theory and to bring the insights of political theorists to bear on current issues and events.
  • First Ladies Initiative: AU's Legacies of America's First Ladies initiative and conference series features distinguished guests - first ladies, former presidents, and first families, White House staff, scholars, authors, members of the media - who highlight the significant contributions these women make by using their platform to advocate for issues, promote change, and improve our society.
  • Justice Programs Office: The mission of the American University Justice Programs Office (AU -JPO) is to apply research and evaluation to promote best practices in policy development and justice administration at all levels of government.
  • Metropolitan Policy Center: MPC's mission is to create knowledge and propose solutions to our 21st century metropolitan and urban challenges.
  • Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research: The Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research serves as a bridge between the academic and policy worlds, advancing scholarly research that addresses pressing issues and concerns. The Institute helps SPA researchers organize and support research projects and promotes collaborative work, effectively putting the lessons of academic research into practice.


The Center for Language Exploration, Acquisition and Research (CLEAR) promotes and facilitates AU students' acquisition and enrichment of language skills and cultural competency by:

  1. providing language coaching free of charge to students currently enrolled in a language course taught at American University
  2. hosting language-related cultural events throughout the academic year
  3. advancing the professional development of the World Languages and Cultures faculty
  4. curating a growing collection of language-related resources
  5. developing and administering language assessments

To fulfill its mission, CLEAR's patron-focused staff are here to connect language coaches and students, ensure the positive enhancement of the language learning experience through the use of technology, and to foster an environment which emphasizes global sensitivity and values the multicultural diversity of our campus.

To book an online coaching session, follow this link

Current hours:

M-F, 9a - 5p via phone at 202-885-2357

Anytime via email, 

Although they aren't currently open due to COVID-19, when they do open, they are located in Anderson B-10.