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Through major strategic investments by the university and through the generous support of our alumni and benefactors, the College of Arts and Science serves as a home to major centers, institutes, and initiatives that  advance knowledge and impact through research, application, action, and community engagement.   

center for digital humanities

  The Vanderbilt Center for Digital Humanities

Established with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Vanderbilt University Center for Digital Humanities is a source to find learning experiences, project support, and intellectual community for your creative and scholarly explorations of the intersections of digital technology and humanistic inquiry.

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  The Center for Integrative and Cognitive Neuroscience

The CICN supports the quest to comprehend how the brain produces thought and emotion. The purpose of this endeavor is not only to develop more effective treatments for mental and neurological disorders, but also to further our understanding of what it is to be human.

center for innovative technology  

The Center for Innovative Technology

CIT offers collaborators an extensive lineup of state-of-the-art mass spectrometry instrumentation to enable numerous types of metabolomic analyses. We support investigators in various phases of the analytical pipeline and provide services to meet the goals of individual research projects.



center for latin american studies

 The Center for Latin American Studies

Established in 1947, the CLAS has since worked to advance knowledge about and understanding of Latin America and Iberia. The Center administers the Latin American Studies undergraduate and Master's programs, as well as a joint Master of Arts and Master of Business program with the Owen Graduate School of Management. 

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The Center for Medicine, Health, and Society

Established in Spring 2003, the CMHS has more than three hundred affiliates from all nine schools and colleges of the University who share an interest in studying health and health care in their social and cultural contexts. It offers an undergraduate major and minor and sponsors seminars, workshops, lectures, and conferences.




study of democratic institutions

The Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions

The Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions is a research program of Vanderbilt University. The center was created in 2009 to support systematic theoretical and empirical research on questions central to the survival and flourishing of democratic institutions in the United States and abroad. 

latin american public opinion project

The Latin American Public Opinion Project

LAPOP came to Vanderbilt with its director, Mitchell Seligson, after 18 years at the University of Pittsburgh, where he held an endowed chair and founded LAPOP. Seligson, his colleagues and students have systematically surveyed the citizens of Latin America on their political views—specifically on democratic values and their behaviors related to democracy. 




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Noncommutative Geometry and Operator Algebras

The research group consists of faculty members, postdocs, visitors and graduate students with scientific interests in noncommutative geometry, the theory of subfactors, von Neumann algebras, K-theory of operator algebras, operator theory, coarse geometry, index theory, analysis on manifolds, controlled topology, stratified spaces, harmonic analysis, quantum computing and quantum information theory. 

robert penn warren

The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities

The Warren Center began its programs in 1988 under the auspices of the College of Arts and Science, with the help of many generous supporters. Since then, the Warren Center has served as a place where faculty and students from the humanities, social sciences and the natural sciences gather to share ideas and teach one another. The Warren Center sponsors teacher training, lectures, and publications designed to promote the importance of the humanities in today's world.


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The Vanderbilt Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research and Education

VIIBRE unites physical scientists and engineers from across campus who have interest in working at the interface between the physical sciences, engineering and biological sciences. VIIBRE researchers focus primarily on research in cellular instrumentation and control, technology-guided therapy, biological applications of nanosystems and cellular/tissue bioengineering and biotechnology.