Intersectional, International, and Interdisciplinary Research

These centers and institutes promote intercultural scholarly exchange and diversity at UMass Amherst. View the full listing of centers.

Center for Community Health Equity Research
CCHER supports multidisciplinary research to eliminate disparities among underserved and disadvantaged populations.

Center for Heritage and Society
CHS is a multidisciplinary initiative for the development of new theory and implementation for heritage conservation around the world.

Center for International Education
CIE contributes to the development of leaders in International Education and strengthens educational systems in developing countries around the world.

Center for Research on Families
CRF is an endowed interdisciplinary research center to promote research on family issues, provide mentoring to family scholars, and connect national and internationally prominent family researchers with UMass faculty and students.

Center for the Study of African American Language
This Center fosters and integrates scientific research on language in African American communities and application of that research in educational, social, and cultural realms.

Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies
CLACLS promotes research, training, and public engagement on the histories, cultures, and politics of Latin American and Caribbean peoples throughout the world.

Center for Research and Education in Women’s Health
CREWH is a multidisciplinary center for researchers and educators with a common interest in understanding factors that affect women’s health throughout the life cycle.

Center for Youth Engagement
CYE is an interdisciplinary effort dedicated to the advancement of successful school and post-school outcomes for underserved and at-risk youth.

Five College Women’s Studies Research Center
With an emphasis on emerging fields in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies in all disciplines, the center initiates and supports collaborative projects dedicated to critical feminist scholarship from diverse perspectives.

Institute for Global Health
With 47 faculty affiliates in 58 countries, IGH is a catalyst for large-scale multi-disciplinary programs of research and education in international health settings.

Interdisciplinary Studies Institute
ISI is a forum for faculty to engage with one another in a spirit of intellectual and creative adventure in a range of settings and environments. Year-long seminars bring faculty together around such topics as “Dissent,” “Emancipation,” “Cultural Ownership,” and “Religious Politics.”

Institute for Diversity Sciences
This Institute brings faculty and students together to promote and support multidisciplinary research on equity and human diversity.

Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies
IHGMS is a locus for research and teaching on the Holocaust and on the memory and representation of this and other genocides.

Institute for Social Science Research
ISSR supports excellence in interdisciplinary collaboration between social scientists, natural scientists and physical scientists. ISSR’s programming develops methodological skills, interdisciplinary collaborations, grant proposal development, and promotes social science research.

Labor Center
The Labor Center is a multi-disciplinary program that focuses on worker rights and labor organizing, with an emphasis on gender, race, and immigrant issues in the labor movement.

National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution
The center supports and sustains the development of information technology applications, institutional resources, and theoretical and applied knowledge for better understanding and managing conflict.

Political Economy Research Institute (PERI)
PERI promotes human and ecological well-being through original research. With close ties to the Economics department, PERI staff work collaboratively with faculty members, graduate students, and economists around the world.

UMass Center at Springfield
In the heart of downtown Springfield, this partnership with other area institutes of public higher education offers accessible instruction. It is a research site for programs in health care, eye-tracking research, human development, counseling, addictions, and language.

W.E.B. Du Bois Center
The center engages the nation and world in discussion and scholarship about the global issues involving race, labor, and social justice. It presents an interdisciplinary approach to the intersections among African American culture and history, social justice and labor relations, and contemporary issues.