Research and Publications

Research and creativity in the College of Liberal Arts take a number of forms: archeological digs, sculpture and musical compositions, poems and theatrical productions, the study of infant brain development and the history of cities, research into language acquisition and the sociology of class and race, the economics of gender and wage discrimination, the politics of immigration, issues of bilingualism and identity.  Our faculty receive support for their work from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Institutes of Mental Health, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright foundation and many other external agencies. 

To find out about research in a particular academic field, go to that department’s website.  For information on the research or creative activity of a specific faculty member, go to that person’s biography page through the academic department or through the directory. 

In addition to the work of individual faculty, six research centers in the College of Liberal Arts provide focus for special investigative areas or initiatives:

The College’s Research Center for Urban Cultural History brings together faculty from the humanities, social sciences and the arts in interdisciplinary projects that address the complex histories of cities past and present.

The Fiske Memorial Center for Archeological Research investigates cultural and biological dimensions of material evidence of the past 1,000 years, both regionally in New England and at sites around the world. 

The Boston Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights brings together researchers and policy makers in collaborations to end armed conflict and bring sustainable peace. 

The Haitian Studies Association and the Spanish Resource Center focus respectively on education and promotion of the culture and language of Haiti and of Spain.

The Center for Languages and World Cultures supports research and training into parental involvement in K-12 education in the Boston area’s diverse linguistic/cultural communities.