Our Research Changes People's Minds

Research in the College of Liberal Arts spans the humanities, arts, social sciences and STEM fields. In geography, a spatial analytics lab provides tools that allow researchers to inform policy in key areas such as healthcare by mapping disease and highlighting geographic health disparities. Other faculty investigate the social, economic and political impact of the diffusion of new information technologies in the U.S. and across the world. They probe the depths of higher education funding and marry computer science and literature through the digital humanities. Our philosophy faculty conducts cutting-edge research in the area of biomedical ethics, changing the way we understand the relationship between medicine and our values. Our religion professors write award-winning books that bring new understandings of racial dynamics in American religious history.

Members of our Psychology Department, one of the finest in the country, lead in the study of anxiety disorders, child development, and human cognition and neuroscience. At the Brain Imaging Research Center on Main Campus, they break new ground in understanding the early impact of trauma on developing brains. Our political scientists study how to promote democracy around the world, while military historians conduct interdisciplinary research on the historic and contemporary use of force and diplomacy in a global context, a timely specialty in today’s world. Temple’s criminal justice scholars pursue smarter ways to manage probation, resulting in smaller prison populations and safer communities. Multidisciplinary research is supported by our centers such as The Center for Sustainable Communities, the Center for the Humanities at Temple and the Public Policy Lab. These examples represent a small fraction of CLA's research output, activities and achievements.