Centers, Institutes, and Committees

African Studies

African Studies at Chicago brings together faculty and students from a variety of disciplines and scholarly perspectives. What we share in common is an interest in engaging directly with the continent and its peoples, histories, cultures, and societies. We also share a commitment to the idea that Africa is critical to challenging and advancing social scientific and humanistic modes of inquiry.

Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies

The Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES) coordinates instruction and facilitates research about Russia/Eurasia and Eastern/Central Europe, including the Baltic States, Balkans, Caucasus, and Central Asia. The Center strives to be a resource for our campus and extended local communities by providing support for the instruction and improved pedagogy in CEERES area languages and disciplines as well as for faculty travel, workshops, speakers, and conferences, and outreach activities.

Center for Early Childhood Research

We conduct cutting edge research exploring the development of cognition, action, and perception during infancy and childhood. Our research focuses on space, number, language, social understanding, empathy, and moral reasoning.

Center for Gesture, Sign and Language

The goal of this Center is to explore the interplay among gesture, sign, and language and in so doing, address some of the most basic questions about human language and development. The Center provides a home for the collaborations between members of the Departments of Psychology, Linguistics, and Comparative Human Development, as well as providing fertile ground for new collaborations.

Center for Latin American Studies

Established in 1968, the University of Chicago Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) brings together faculty and students across the University in interdisciplinary and interdivisional research, teaching, scholarly events, and public engagement related to this vital region of the world.

Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture

From its inception, CSRPC faculty affiliates, students, and staff have been committed to establishing a new type of research institute devoted to the study of race and ethnicity, one that seeks to expand the study of race beyond the black/white paradigm while exploring social and identity cleavages within racialized communities.

Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

Founded in 1996, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS) at the University of Chicago is a major center for faculty and graduate research and pedagogical training and has developed an extensive undergraduate program in gender and sexuality studies. Areas of faculty interest include gender and sexuality studies in the fields of literature and language, history, political science, biology, sociology, anthropology, economics, visual arts, media studies, human development, law, religion, and medicine.

Committee on Education

By fostering a dynamic exchange of ideas and perspectives between researchers and practitioners, the Committee on Education (COE) aims to find solutions to the urgent problems facing preschool through high school education in the U.S. Our internationally renowned faculty contributes expertise in the areas of comparative human development, economics, psychology, public policy, social services administration, sociology, and statistics. Expert practitioners, whose work is based at the Urban Education Institute (UEI), the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, the UChicago Charter School, and UChicago STEM Education, contribute their experience and knowledge in preK-12 instruction, training teachers, running schools, developing and scaling interventions and tools, and collecting and analyzing large public education data sets.

Committee on Quantitative Methods in Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences

This is an interdisciplinary community of faculty and students interested in methodological research in relation to applications in social, behavioral, and health sciences.

Institute For Mind and Biology

The Institute for Mind and Biology (IMB) at UChicago supports scientific research about the mind and its dynamic interactions with the biological systems of the body. The Institute has faculty in several fields within the psychological and biological disciplines, and there are students from many departments represented by the diverse research projects within the IMB. Outside of departmental structures, the Institute is well-represented within the three Neuroscience and the Evolutionary Biology graduate training programs on campus, and the members are involved in leadership roles for many national and international organizations.