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Affiliate Research Areas

American Bar Foundation

The American Bar Foundation is an organization dedicated to advancing justice through rigorous research on the law, legal processes, and the law's impact on our society.

Cells to Society: The Center on Social Disparities and Health

The Center on Social Disparities and Health at the Institute for Policy Research. Their mission is: (1) To bring together the social, life, and biomedical sciences to understand the origins, consequences, and policy solutions for contemporary health inequalities in the United States; and (2) to examine how broad social, race/ethnic, and economic disparities "get under the skin" and affect human development and physical health.

Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN)

The Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern was established in 2008 as an umbrella organization whose unique mission is to catalyze the development of transformational science, technology, education and policy for sustainability and energy. ISEN meets this challenge through interdisciplinary training, research, and local and global outreach.

Institute for Policy Research

The Institute for Policy Research (IPR) is an interdisciplinary public policy research institute founded in 1968 at Northwestern University. Our mission is to stimulate and support excellent social science research on significant public policy issues and to disseminate the findings widely -- to students, scholars, policymakers, and the public at large.

Program of African Studies

PAS guides the study of Africa at Northwestern, engaging students and faculty in a wide variety of activities. The program hosts scholars and distinguished visitors form Africa and around the world. Throughout the year, PAS sponsors talks, discussions, readings, films, and other events. PAS also works with other centers of African scholarship in the Chicago area, such as the University of Chicago, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the Art Institute of Chicago, the program also maintains close ties with scholars and other centers of African study around the world.

The Roberta Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies

The Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies sponsors and facilitates collaborative interdisciplinary scholarship on crucial problems facing the world. Its activities promote dialogue on international affairs enriching the educational program at Northwestern. Working with a variety of organizations and communities we contribute to preparing exemplary global citizens.

The Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN)

The Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) is a multi-pronged, critical, and interdisciplinary initiative to promote research and education on sexuality, sexual orientation, and health in social context.

Transportation Center

Since 1954, the Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) has been recognized as a leading interdisciplinary education and research institution. It is dedicated to the long-term improvement of domestic and international systems for the movements of materials, people, energy, and information.

NUTC serves industry, government, and the public through its research, through Northwestern's graduate-level degree programs, and through other educational and outreach programs.