Research – and the groundbreaking discoveries it enables – is at the core of Arts and Sciences. 

Our faculty undertake wide-ranging research across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, and contribute expertise to numerous University-wide initiatives and collaborations. Within the Arts and Sciences, our centers and institutes also pursue leading-edge research that seeks to unlock new knowledge and achieve new levels of impact.

Through coursework, independent study, and assistantships, our students gain valuable research experience and meaningful opportunities to build their knowledge and skills.

Research Spotlight

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Incite at Columbia University

Incite is an interdisciplinary institute at Columbia University that is home to several centers, including the Columbia Center for Oral History Research. We produce knowledge for public action. We do so by joining with people and organizations within and outside the university to rethink our understanding of what knowledge is, how it’s created, and how it can be used.

Obama Presidency Oral History

Since 2019, Incite at Columbia University has interviewed hundreds of people to produce the official oral history of the Obama presidency. These in-depth interviews, conducted with those inside and outside of the administration, represent roughly 1,100 hours of audio and video that together form a comprehensive record of the Obama years.

Assembling Voices

Assembling Voices is a Fellowship for artists, writers, scholars, journalists, performers, activists, workers, and others with compelling ideas for public initiatives that advance our mission—catalyzing conversations that lead to more just, equitable, and democratic societies.


Learn more about Incite and its programs here.



Research Videos

Researchers in the Lab

Undergraduate Research at Columbia

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships works closely with faculty and students to develop and design research and fellowship opportunities at every stage of a student’s Columbia experience

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Platform (UROP) acts as a central repository for Columbia undergraduates to search for research opportunities from across the University, and for mentors from all Schools to advertise research projects that welcome undergraduate participation or research programs targeting undergraduates.


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