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 work encompasses Arab politics, Islamic studies, economic development, and regional security and arms control. Crown Center scholars also teach courses that expose students to this scholarly, dispassionate approach to complex issues in the contemporary Middle East.

Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, established in 2007, is dedicated to promoting exemplary teaching and scholarship in Israeli history, politics, culture, and society. It produces a book series, co-sponsors and edits Israel Studies (the leading journal in the field), and hosts conferences and talks. It offers both doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships, as well as undergraduate travel grants, and its affiliated faculty and researchers teach courses for undergraduates and graduate students. It also conducts an annual Summer Institute for Israel Studies for college faculty, and provides high school educators and community leaders with Israel literacy programming.

Center for German and European Studies

The Center for German and European Studies supports interdisciplinary teaching and research on contemporary Germany and Europe and reaches out to broader communities on the social, political, and cultural issues facing Germany and Europe today. Critical issues addressed by the Center include the new pluralism in Europe, diversity and conflict resolution, and European institutions, identity, and integration.

Gordon Center for American Public Policy

Established in 1987, the Gordon Center for American Public Policy supports research; lectures, workshops and conferences, and publications focused on various aspects of politics and public policymaking in the United States.

International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life

The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life seeks to develop effective responses to conflict and injustice and to encourage ethical practice in civic and professional life.

Its programs include Peacebuilding and the Arts, International Justice and Society, and the Sorensen Fellowships, which provide summer stipends to enable undergraduates to work on issues of justice in organizations of their choosing. The Center also sponsors conferences, campus 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 a special learning opportunity to enrich their education.