Research with purpose.

SIS is a diverse community united by a common commitment to service.

At SIS, the pursuit of knowledge aims to tackle the greatest global challenges of our time. Our research approach is inclusive and multidisciplinary, a place where issues and outcomes matter more than methodologies and schools of thought. We believe that the inclusion of diverse approaches and views is the foundation of rigorous research. We hope you’ll take a moment to explore all of the exciting research projects, publications, and events happening at SIS.

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Recent Highlights

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Where Do Afghanistan’s Refugees Go?

Tazreena Sajjad on the realities of Afghans fleeing their country, and where these newly displaced refugees are likely to go. 

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Mobile Devices & Breast Cancer Education

Maria De Jesus on mobile health intervention strategies related to breast cancer.




Aki Peritz explores the largest counterterrorism investigation in history in his new book.

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Security, Technology, Innovation ·

A Breeding Ground for Conspiracies:
How QAnon Helped Bring About the U.S. Capitol Assault

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Listen now to the latest episode: The National Security Legacy of 9/11

Overcoming Denialism from the Top

Nina Yamanis on how local health leaders mobilized to fill a gap in Tanzania's COVID response.




SIS PhD is 2022 PMF Finalist

SIS PhD Candidate Mashal Shabir is a Finalist for the Presidential Management Fellowship, in addition to her recent USIP Fellowship win!


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Joseph Toriginan & Eleni Ekmektsioglou

SIS's Professor Joseph Torigian and SIS PhD candidate Eleni Ekmektsioglou wrote a winning proposal for the APSIA 2021 Junior Faculty Award Grant to support the development and opportunities of junior scholars.


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The Water Defenders

The Progressive named Robin Broad and John Cavanagh's book, "The Water Defenders", a favorite of 2021.

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Farewell to Paul Wapner

After 30 year, SIS says farewell to Professor Paul Wapner.

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Creating a Foundation for Social Justice

Grad school is an opportunity to learn new skills and about other issues.

IPCR gave me the skills needed to work with groups of various backgrounds—knowing what to ask, how to behave, how to develop projects and identify what needs to be identified. What are the gaps? The IPCR program showed me how to assess and respond to them.