More than 35 research centers and institutes make significant contributions to scientific research, the exploration of the relationship between religion and society, and improved practice in education and corporate conduct. The list below provides an overview of the centers and institutes that incorporate a global dimension in their activities and work.
The Clough Center aims to reinvigorate and reimagine the study of constitutional democracy in the 21st century. By taking a holistic, global, and interdisciplinary approach to constitutional democracy, the Center fosters research and reflection on the promise and challenges of constitutional government in the United States and around the world.
The Schiller Institute creates and sustains emerging initiatives in basic and applied science; educates the next generation of science and technology leaders and innovators; develops and deploys new tools and technologies to address important societal problems; and promotes partnerships with industry and the public and private sectors.
CHRIJ addresses the interdisciplinary needs of human rights work. It nurtures a new generation of scholars and practitioners who draw upon the strengths of many disciplines and the wisdom of rigorous ethical training. The Center is built upon BC’s tradition of service to others and its broad scholarly reach in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.
CIHE promotes the belief that an international perspective is needed to foster enlightened policies and practices in higher education. With this mission, CIHE aims to advance knowledge about the complex realities of higher education in the contemporary world through its research, publications, training programs, and advisory activities.
The Center encompasses all Irish initiatives at BC including the University's Irish Studies program, the Irish Institute, the Burns Library Irish Collections, Boston College-Ireland in Dublin, and the Gaelic Roots Program. It seeks to support and connect students, alumni, and friends with an interest in Ireland and all things Irish.
ISR has been and continues to be at the forefront of world-class innovative research. Our team of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and research associates uses its expertise for theoretical and experimental studies that include space physics, space chemistry, solar-terrestrial research, space weather, and astrophysical studies.
The Center conducts international comparative assessments of student achievement in mathematics and science and in reading in more than 60 countries. TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) and PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) together comprise the core cycle of studies for the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement.
The Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies seeks to deepen understanding and appreciation of the history, spirituality, educational heritage, and pedagogical approach of the Society of Jesus through courses, workshops, publications, and scholarly symposia.
Within the atmosphere of academic freedom and colleagueship, the Institute promotes research and collaboration on issues that emerge at the intersection of faith and culture. The Institute supports programs that explore such religious and ethical questions and sponsors the presence on campus of scholars committed to these questions.