Our centers and institutes tackle society’s most pressing issues, from domestic and foreign policy to diplomacy, education in the United States penal system, American Jewish history, and community outreach.
The Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT) is an interdisciplinary forum for scholarship and intellectual inquiry in the humanities at Temple University. We work to bridge the disciplinary divide between departments and colleges by promoting broad, humanities-based conversations that connect scholars from multiple scholarly fields.
The Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy (CENFAD), founded in 1993 by Drs. Richard Immerman, Russell Weigley, and David Rosenberg foster interdisciplinary faculty and student research on the historic and contemporary use of force and diplomacy in a global context. CENFAD is housed within Temple University’s History Department.
The Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society is a national center for scholarly research, educational training, and mutual understanding. The Center sponsors a range of programs on Vietnam's rich heritage of philosophy and culture including conferences, colloquia, classes, a research library, and courses in the Vietnamese language. We also coordinate scholarly and educational visits and is currently participating in a multi-year faculty seminar program involving the Departments of Philosophy at Temple University and at the Ho Chi Minh National Political Academy in Hanoi. The programs have taken place in Hanoi, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City.
The Feinstein Center For American Jewish History supports innovative approaches to understanding American Jewish life. Its mission is simple: Inspiring Inquiry. In collaboration with institutions in Philadelphia and beyond, the Feinstein Center invites the public to join conversations about Jewish culture, politics, history, and identity across time and space.
Inside-Out brings college students together with incarcerated men and women to study as peers in a seminar behind prison walls. The core of the Inside-Out Program is a semester-long academic course, meeting once a week, through which 15 to 18 “outside” (i.e.: undergraduate) students and the same number of “inside” (i.e.: incarcerated) students attend class together inside a prison.
Temple University’s Institute for Public Affairs conducts, supports, and disseminates interdisciplinary research to inform and improve public policy, focusing particularly on Philadelphia, the greater metropolitan area, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Center on Regional Politics provides neutral ground and intellectual resources to encourage and support interaction among leaders throughout southeastern Pennsylvania, with the goal of developing evidence-based policies that respond to the region’s needs and promote its broad civic and economic interests.
The Institute for Survey Research is one of only three academic survey research centers in the U.S. with the historical experience of implementing national computer-assisted in-person surveys. We are known for the consistently high quality of our work, our high response rates, and our expertise and success in tracing longitudinal study participants. We collaborate with faculty and other researchers around the country and the world on surveys and evaluations across a broad range of fields, topics and populations.
The Collaborative prepares and supports youth and young adults to become confident, effective leaders and creates cultures that value and integrate the contributions of youth, thereby building stronger communities.
The Center for Sustainable Communities at Temple University conducts integrated social and environmental research on natural, technological, and socio-economic systems to address the challenges of sustainability—how can we meet the needs of people locally and globally through equitable, innovative and practical solutions that protect the environment which sustains life on the planet.
The Public Policy Lab is an intellectual home for researchers who study public policies and the social processes relevant to their development and consequences. Housed in the College of Liberal Arts, the non-partisan Lab provides an interdisciplinary forum for discussion of contemporary policy issues, research support for faculty and student scholarship and a mechanism to disseminate participants’ research findings.