December 05, 2019

“It is my hope,” says Sabine Schmidtke, Professor in the School of Historical Studies, “that our work will help to develop a new field of study and to inspire a new generation of scholars to work on this material.” The PHF grant will support the study of Zaydism in Iran—part of a major research project spearheaded by Schmidtke.


What Is the Value of the Humanities? How We Read (and Write) Today - Suzanne Akbari

December 04, 2019 | 6:30pm

In this public lecture, Suzanne Akbari, Professor in the School of Historical Studies, examines how we engage with literature and explores the case to be made for reading aloud.

View talks by experts on topics ranging from virology, cancer, and immunology to machine learning and neural networks. 

IAS Spotlight is a new annual publication that provides a concise introduction to and overview of the Institute for Advanced Study.

    IAS News

    December 02, 2019

    Watch Robbert Dijkgraaf, IAS Director and Leon Levy Professor, join distinguished scientists at the European Research Council conference in a panel debate on the role of frontier research with a view on sustainability. 


    Michael G. Hanchard during a 2014 Social Science seminar on "Sociology’s Promise"

    By Michael G. Hanchard

    Political and economic exclusion is often manifested in laws, norms, and coercive sanctions that delimited or outright prohibited noncitizen populations (slaves, women, serfs, and peasants among them) from participating in formal civic life.


    “My research offers scholars, activists, and community organizers a new way to see race—as a rhetorical practice with historical roots that extend back well beyond the periods of Enlightenment science and American slavery to which it is often attached,” says Cord J. Whitaker, Member in the School of Historical Studies, who is examining the history and development of race and racism in medieval English literature.

    Institute Letter Fall 2019 cover

    Includes articles by Faculty and Members exploring bewilderment and clarity, the changing faces of biology, the social life of DNA, modern racism and medieval race-thinking, academic freedom, movement politics, and the possible unification of mathematics and physics. Download a PDF of the issue or read the articles here.


      By History Working Group

      Founded in the early years of the Great Depression, IAS took shape during the buildup to the Second World War and under the growing shadow of authoritarian regimes.