Center for International History
A forum for discussion and fostering historical perspectives on international issues of contemporary intellectual concern.

Center for Iranian Studies
The world publication leader through its authoritative Encyclopedia Iranica and its Bibliotheca Persica series, including the Tabari Translation Project.

Center for Palestine Studies
Launched in 2010, the Center for Palestine Studies (CPS) promotes the academic study of Palestine by supporting research, teaching, and intellectual collaboration among scholars within Columbia University and beyond. CPS provides an institutional home for faculty, post-doctoral researchers, and students at Columbia in fields that include history, literary studies, the social sciences, religion, philosophy, law, archaeology, architecture, and the arts. CPS also builds connections with other institutions and scholars to strengthen the academic study of Palestine and Palestinians throughout the United States and the world.

Center for the Study of Social Difference
An interdisciplinary research center supporting collaborative projects that address gender, race, sexuality, and other forms of inequality to foster ethical and progressive social change. Example Project: “Gender, Religion and Law in Muslim Societies.”

Columbia Global Centers
Columbia Global Centers promote and facilitate the collaborative and impactful engagement of the University’s faculty, students, and alumni with the world to enhance understanding, address global challenges, and advance knowledge and its exchange.

Gulf/2000 Project
This project was sponsored by the MEI and developed by the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University in New York City. The website is designed to make available in a single location a wealth of information on the eight countries of the Persian Gulf region – Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Harriman Institute
Focused on Russian, Eurasian and East European studies. The Institute sponsors a Central Asian Studies Program.

Ifriqiyya
A leading forum for the academic study of Islam in Africa, the seminar meets one a month to discuss invited papers from leading scholars. Research networks include the topics of pre-modern trans-African slavery and the Indian Ocean before Western colonization.

Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
A vibrant interdisciplinary nexus for humanists and social scientists, including students of the textual traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies
A world-leader, drawing on a lengthy and distinguished history of inquiry at Columbia.

Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life
Active programming on Islam and Judaism, with research projects such as Religion and Sexuality and the Religions of Harlem.

Institute for Research in African-American Studies
A multi-disciplinary enterprise, IRAAS is an intellectual community that bridges scholarship, teaching, and public life. Among their projects, an exhaustive biographical study of Malcolm X.

Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality
Path-breaking, interdisciplinary feminist scholarship.

Institute of African Studies
A closely affiliated regional studies institute that shares a number of faculty and interests with the MEI.

Program in World Philology
It aims to unite Columbia scholars across departments and schools around the discipline-based study of texts. Philology, defined over the course of its history as everything from text criticism to “slow reading” to “all erudition in language,” is at base the discipline of making sense of texts. Under this description philology is almost as old as the production of written texts themselves. Over time it has proven to be as central to knowledge as mathematics or philosophy, and its methods, like theirs, have similarly been adopted in other disciplines.

Sakıp Sabancı Chair and Center for Turkish Studies
Newly endowed, as of 2016, with an associated faculty chair in Turkish Studies.

South Asia Institute
A closely affiliated regional studies institute that shares a number of faculty and interests with the MEI.