IR at NYU

Regional Centers at NYU

Center for European and Mediterranean Studies:
CEMS serves as the University's interdisciplinary hub for teaching, research, and programming on Europe—from both a historical and contemporary perspective. With a primary focus on teaching, CEMS offers a B.A. degree (Major and Minor in European Studies), M.A. degree, and doctoral support for Ph.D. candidates in related disciplines from across the university. CEMS also maintains an active calendar of workshops, lectures, and conference, many of which are open to the public.

Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia:
The Center undertakes to make Russia intrinsic to all aspects of scholarly investigation: from history to journalism and visual culture, politics to literature, economics to anthropology. With this ubiquity in mind, the Center encourages a better understanding of Russia by stimulating study at an advanced level in the schools and departments of NYU with more programming and funding. It provides support and encouragement for advanced students, and ample opportunity to showcase cutting-edge research by faculty and students alike. It sponsors and organizes programs of lectures, research, scholarship, and public presentations that link Russia with other regions of the world on a thematic basis.

Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies:
The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University was created in 1966 to foster the interdisciplinary study of the modern and contemporary Middle East and to enhance public understanding of the region. The Kevorkian Center's activities focus on the histories, politics, economies, religions, cultures and languages of the area stretching from North Africa to Central Asia, and on the historical processes that have shaped the present. The Kevorkian Center organizes research workshops, luncheon seminars and other forums to encourage new perspectives on the Middle East and foster exploration of interactions and parallels with other world regions.

The Taub Center for Israel Studies:
The Taub Center for Israel Studies was established in 2003 to advance the study of Modern Israel: its recent history, society and politics, together with the history of the Zionist movement and the Yishuv. NYU's pre-eminent position as a center of instruction and scholarship in Jewish history and thought, Hebrew language and literature, and Middle East Studies provides a natural setting for the development of Israel Studies. The Center is a part of the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at NYU’s Faculty of Arts andScience, which offers a range of undergraduate and graduate courses onIsraeli history and society. The center offers a wide variety of fellowships and graduate workshops.

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies:
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) was founded in 1966, as the first area studies center at NYU. Today it is one of the premier centers of its kind in the country. The Center’s national and international reputation derives from the strength of its approximately 130 research-active affiliated faculty. The Center is highly regarded for its rigorous, interdisciplinary MA program, one of the oldest and most successful in the field. CLACS has joint MA programs with Global Journalism, Museum Studies, Law, and Library Science. The Center’s Quechua language program, launched in Fall 2008, offers rigorous language training through the intermediate level, and has received media attention from local, national, and international news agencies in New York and Latin America.



Houses at NYU

Africa House:
NYU Africa House is an interdisciplinary institute devoted to the study of contemporary Africa, focusing on economic, political, and social issues on the continent and programs in the Arts. Part of Africa House’s core mission is to advance the understanding of the links between Africa and the rest of the world, through the social, historical, economic and other lenses. Related to this, the House also has established relationships with African immigrant communities in New York City. NYU has a large number of professors and students doing research in the areas of Economic Development, Economic Growth and Macroeconomics, microfinance, analysis of the effectiveness of foreign aid, politics and political economy, law and legal institutions. Africa House regularly convenes high level talks and seminars, and has in the past featured African heads of state. The House also hosts policy luncheons, and research discussion presentations on focused topics. Our programs take place in New York City and in various capitals in Africa.

China House:
New York University China House seeks to seize upon the enormous intellectual and scholarly potential that lies in modern China and to advance the study of the dynamic changes taking place in China through joint dialogue and research.


NYU China House is home to many research-oriented activities across NYU. It holds conference and seminar series that cover the humanities, social sciences, law, business, natural sciences and medical sciences. These series are often jointly organized with NYU schools, departments and research institutes, and/or external partners. The House is supported by a group of associates comprised of NYU faculty, research scientists and doctoral students interested in China. These associates strive to maintain a strong working relationship among NYU's China and Pan-Asia focused organizations and will serve as a conduit in promoting and establishing relations with external organizations, such as the China Institute, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, and UNICEF.

Casa Italiana:
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò was founded with the specific intent of spreading Italian culture outside of its national boundaries, with the belief that Italian culture belongs not only to the Italians but to whomever has the desire to get to know more about it. The principle that shapes the work of this institution finds adequate expression in the words of Erasmus of Rotterdam, "All we who are learned are Italians." Casa Italiana, in fact, considers Italian culture an integral and necessary part of universal culture. For this reason, we seek to include it in the spectrum of American culture, addressing in particular university students studying Italian and Italian-American issues.


The programs of Casa Italiana deal with literature, cinema and political and social reflection, all topics upon which Italy has for centuries founded its reputation and international prestige. On the other hand, in seeking to link the discourse on modernity to that of tradition, Casa has demonstrated itself to be open to the discussion of economic, ethical and juridical themes.

Deutsches Haus:
Deutsches Haus is New York’s leading institution for culture and language of the German-speaking world. Located in the historic Greenwich Village district, Deutsches Haus is an integral part of New York University. Since 1977, it has provided New Yorkers with a unique forum for cultural, intellectual, and artistic exchange with Germany, Austria, and Switzerland through its three pillars: the language program, the cultural program, and the children's program.

Glucksman Ireland House:
Located in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village, Glucksman Ireland House NYU is the center for Irish and Irish-American Studies at New York University, with courses in history, Irish language, literature, music, and politics. NYU undergraduates may pursue a minor or a B.A./M.A. in Irish and Irish-American Studies. Graduate students may earn a Masters in Irish and Irish-American Studies.


For the New York community, the House presents a weekly public events series during the academic year, as well as a monthly traditional Irish music series. For the non-credit adult learner, the House hosts evening Irish language classes. We also serve as a resource center for Irish, Irish-American, and Irish diasporic culture.

Maison Francaise:
For nearly six decades, La Maison Française of New York University has served as a major forum for French-American cultural and intellectual exchange, offering contemporary perspectives on myriad French and Francophone issues. Its rich program of lectures, symposia, concerts, screenings, exhibitions, and special events provides an invaluable resource to the university community, as well as the general public.

As the public face of the Center for French Civilization and Culture of New York University, La Maison Française complements and enriches the programs offered by the Department of French, the Institute of French Studies, and NYU in France. In addition, it fosters interdisciplinary study through collaborations with various university departments, including the Department of Art History, the Department of Anthropology, and the School of Law.

Other Centers and Institutes at NYU