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Research @ AU

Known as a college-centered research university, AU values scholar-teachers who are fully engaged both in research and in undergraduate and graduate teaching.

AU Milestone: 30 Million in Grants

American University, a Carnegie-classified research university, is deeply committed to creating knowledge, including creative and professional activity, in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and the professions. We strongly support research by our students and faculty.

Whether you are a student looking for project funding or a faculty member looking to communicate research impact, this site offers various resources to assist with research at AU. Please take a minute to look around the site to learn more about the exciting, innovative, and inspiring research taking place at American University.  

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Reseach Highlights

Stack of papers in folders

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How Freedom of Information Act Requests Are Managed

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Professor Laura DeNardis in front of a TV screen.

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Global Internet Expert DeNardis Named Scholar/Teacher of the Year

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Mexican Day Parade

Government & Politics ·

A Tale of Three Cities: Immigrant Exclusion and Belonging

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Tricia Bacon talks about her book

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New Book Examines How Terrorist Groups Become Allies

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Nuclear explosion mushroom cloud. Yellow and orange fireball. Sharon Weiner will embark on a two-year fellowship to study deterrence and US nuclear weapons policy.

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Doomsday Scenarios: SIS Prof Sharon Weiner Talks Nuclear Weapons and Choices

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Zebra Finch

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Gene Discovery Boosts Understanding of Zebra Finch Biology

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Faculty Impact

I am one of only a handful of researchers working in nutritional neuroscience.

I conduct clinical trials to evaluate how removal of certain food additives, along with improving nutrient intake in the diet, can directly treat neurological symptoms such as headache/migraine, cognitive deficits, memory loss, attentional issues, fatigue, and chronic pain. To date, our lab is having good success at reducing symptoms in illnesses such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and Gulf War Illness, and we are working to understand the mechanisms behind these effects.

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Faculty Research

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We can highlight:
Research Findings & Analysis
Colloquia and Research Roundtables
Institutional Partnerships
Student-Faculty Collaborations
Faculty Publications

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American University has 44 Research Centers & Institutes

Over $30M in sponsored research grants

12 Fulbright student scholars