International Research at 51

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.

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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

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.

Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society

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.

Center for Human Rights and International Justice(CHRIJ)

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 51’s tradition of service to others and its broad scholarly reach in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.

Center for International Higher Education(CIHE)

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.

Center for Irish Programs

The Center encompasses all Irish initiatives at 51 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.

Institute for Scientific Research

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.

Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies

The Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies seeks to deepen understanding andappreciation of the history, spirituality,educational heritage, and pedagogical approach of the Society of Jesus through courses, workshops, publications, and scholarly symposia.

The Jesuit Institute

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.

Roche Center for Catholic Education

The Barbara & Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education addresses critical questions challenging the effectiveness of Catholic education by engaging in research, providing professional programs, and hosting crucial conversations with local, national, and global partners.This work advances both the formation of Catholic school leadership and the systemic transformation of Catholic education. The generosity of a Warmenhoven Foundation grant for the 2018–19 academic year will support new educational research in Mexico to inform models of Catholic education in the United States and Nigeria.