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Maxwell School Research

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.

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Interdisciplinary Research Centers and Institutes


Maxwell scholars and students conduct wide-ranging research through 13 interdisciplinary centers, each of which focuses on a topical area within public affairs, such as social and economic policy, conflict and collaboration, public wellness, aging, energy and environment, national security, and regional studies, among others.

Research Support Services

Maxwell’s Research Support Services office provides faculty, student and staff resources for identifying internal and external funding sources, writing and submitting grant applications, and managing awards.

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