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The Elliott School is where research happens. At the core of our mission at the Elliott School of International Affairs is training the next generation of scholars and leaders that will address today's global challenges. Producing knowledge and innovative ideas through systematic research is a prerequisite to achieve this goal.

Our cross-disciplinary faculty combine in-depth analysis with practical applications for solving global problems. Research findings are widely disseminated through publications in top tier academic journals and influential books, as well as popular media outlets. Our 3,000+ students conduct independent research on their own while also gaining important experience working closely with faculty as Research Assistants. Our faculty and students benefit from over 15 academic and research partnerships with institutions throughout the world, as well as coordination with our centers, institutes and programs. 


Meet the Research Team



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40+ Visiting Scholars


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11 Centers and Institutes


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24 Sponsored Research Awards


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42 Faculty Books Published



Award-Winning Faculty Books 

book cover: text Drone Remote Control Warfare, Hugh Gusterson aligned vertically

Drone: Remote Control Warfare

Hugh Gusterson

book cover: text, The New Arab Wars, Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East, Marc Lynch, an explosion on the horizon, a town in the forefront

The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East

Marc Lynch

book cover: The Emotions of Justice, Gender, Status, and Legal Performance in Choson Korea, Jisoo M. Kim. Korean Figures talk, sit, work and walk through a town

The Emotions of Justice: Gender, Status, and Legal Performance in Choson Korea

Jisoo Kim

book cover: text, Conservative Internationalism, Armed Diplomacy under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan. With a new preface by the author Henry R. Nau. The United States Seal.

Conservative Internationalism

Henry Nau


book cover: China's Future, David Shambaugh, a question mark with a star as the point underneath it

China’s Future

David Shambaugh

book cover: The Dictator's Army, Battlefield Effectiveness in Authoritarian Regimes, Caitlin Talmadge. Men in uniforms pose on a tank in the desert.

The Dictator’s Army: Battlefield Effectiveness in Authoritarian Regimes

Caitlin Talmadge

book cover: text, The Dictator's Dilemma, The Chinese Communist Party's Strategy for Survival. Bruce J. Dickson. A Chinese Army official stands with his hands raised, a ceiling with a red star and many lights is above him.

The Dictator’s Dilemma: The Chinese Communist Party’s Strategy for Survival

Bruce Dickson