• Centers, Institutes, and Multidisciplinary Research Initiatives

    Maxwell’s unique strength derives from its multidisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary policy issues. Within the school’s research units, you will find faculty scholars and practitioners with expertise across the full spectrum of social sciences and public affairs specialties analyzing and problem solving alongside our students.

    From aging, population, and public health, to the environment, conflict resolution, and the governance of autonomous systems, Maxwell faculty and students engage in the sort of silo-busting work that is essential to developing solutions and educating tomorrow’s effective leaders.

    Aging Studies Institute

    Promoting aging-related research, training, and outreach. Co-sponsored with SU’s Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.

    Autonomous Systems Policy Institute

    Advancing knowledge and teaching in the field of autonomous systems by exploring new frontiers in policy, law and governance of these fast-expanding technologies.

    Campbell Public Affairs Institute

    Serving a better understanding of contemporary challenges in democratic governance — particularly, the idea of citizenship, its evolution, and the conditions under which it thrives.

    Center for Environmental Policy and Administration

    Exploring environmental issues from an integrated perspective that considers technical, social, and humanistic aspects.

    Center for Policy Research

    A home for domestic policy concerns — among them health studies, econometrics, public education, public finance, social welfare, poverty and income security, and urban and regional studies.

    Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism

    Examining pervasive questions of national security and counterterrorism law and policy. Co-sponsored with the SU College of Law

    Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media

    Assessing the ways in which judicial independence is established and maintained. Co-sponsored with SU’s College of Law and with the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

    Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion

    Dedicated to creating public health programs that are motivating, sustainable, and effective replicated in community and national prevention programs.

    Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

    Facilitating research on issues raised by an increasingly interdependent world and studies challenges to the quality of governance worldwide.

    Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

    Dedicated to the enhancement of knowledge about social conflicts and to collaborative governance and collaborative problem solving.

    Syracuse University Infrastructure Institute

    Bringing together public and private sector groups and companies to plan, design and suggest ways to implement new infrastructures.

  • Research News

    New book co-edited by Sultana assesses water governance and justice

    Farhana Sultana, associate professor of geography, co-edited Water Politics: Governance, Justice, and the Right to Water (Routledge, 2019) with Alex Loftus, a reader in political ecology at King’s College, London. The volume builds on their previous book, The Right to Water (Routledge, 2012).


    Silverstein to study religion, prosocial values among millennials

    The degree to which religion is decoupled from prosocial goals and spirituality in contemporary young adults is one of many research questions to be addressed in the project “Spirituality and Prosocial Values in the Absence of Religion Among Millennials and Their Families.” This study, led by Professor Merril Silverstein, is made possible by a $2,898,748 award from the John Templeton Foundation.


    Sociologists Karas Montez and Monnat earn NIH grants

    Jennifer Karas Montez and Shannon Monnat lead research teams that were recently awarded R24 grants from the National Institute on Aging, a division of the National Institutes of Health. NIA’s overall, five-year funding for the two projects is anticipated to be approximately $1.9M and $1.7M, respectively, to be shared across the multiple institutions involved in the projects.


    Siddiki projects awarded NSF and USDA funding

    Saba Siddiki, associate professor of public administration and international affairs, has been awarded two grants for projects beginning this fall. One will support the work of the Institutional Grammar Research Initiative (IGRI), and one will support work on urban food action plans to advance human well-being and health, environment, and equity goals.


    Tenth Decade Fund supports new scholarly projects

    The Maxwell School’s Tenth Decade Project will provide start-up funding for four new scholarly endeavors beginning this fall. These new projects will join five original projects funded at the time of the Tenth Decade Project’s inception.

  • Faculty Experts

  • Our faculty are available to speak about a wide range of issues, including tax policy, trade, foreign affairs, immigration, education, social welfare, and the environment, among others.

    To find an expert, use our online directory to search by keyword topic or issue .