International and Policy Centers


Crown Center for Middle East Studies

The Crown Center for Middle East Studies produces objective, dispassionate research regarding all aspects of the contemporary Middle East. Established with the help of the Crown Family Foundation, the center has a geographic scope that includes the 22 members of the Arab League, as well as Israel, Turkey and Iran.

Extending beyond Arab-Israeli tensions, the Crown Center's substantive scope includes Arab politics, Islamic studies, economic development and regional security and arms control.

Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, established in 2007, has made Brandeis a hub for nurturing and advancing the study of Israeli history, politics, culture and society at Brandeis University and beyond. Its flagship programs are devoted to training a new generation of scholars and educators through doctoral programs in partnership with relevant Brandeis departments and through the Summer Institute for Israel Studies. The Summer Institute alone has enabled scores of professors to teach thousands of students at universities throughout the world and establish their own centers, thereby furthering the impact of the Schusterman Center.

The Center also generates and disseminates new research, producing a book series and sponsoring the leading journal, Israel Studies, in this new field. It also reaches well beyond the university to engage high school educators and community leaders with Israel literacy programming, enriching public discourse.

The Jacob and Libby Goodman Institute for the Study of Zionism and Israel sponsors research, symposia and publications, as well as teaching, in the historical and ideological development of the Zionist movement and in the history, society and culture of the State of Israel.

Center for German and European Studies

The Center for German and European Studies pursues teaching, research and outreach to broader communities about the social, political and cultural issues involved in integrating diversity and difference in Germany and Europe in the new millennium.

Gordon Public Policy Center

Established in 1987, the Gordon Public Policy Center supports research; campus-based lectures, workshops and conferences; and publications focused on various aspects of politics and public policymaking in the United States and other developed democracies.

International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life

The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life develops effective responses to conflict and injustice by offering innovative approaches to coexistence, strengthening the work of international courts and encouraging ethical practice in civic and professional life.

Principal programs include institutes for international judges, a fellowship program for undergraduates involving international summer internships and public conferences, events and publications.

Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism

The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, the nation's first investigative reporting center based at a university, was launched in 2004. It enables working journalists to do long-term investigative projects on significant social and political problems that could lead to changes in public policy or opinion.

Institute journalists also work with Brandeis students who serve as research assistants, offering them an unusual learning opportunity to further enrich their education. The work of the journalists and students will help fill an increasing void in the American media, which are gradually abdicating their role as public watchdogs.