Because of the multi-disciplinary nature of the International Studies department its faculty are engaged in a wide range of research projects. There are opportunities for students to get involved as well. Students enrolled in introductory Psychology courses participate in department research as subjects contributing data from middle-eastern populations to studies once confined to American, Canadian and West European test pools. Other student assist professors with organization of research information and some have the chance to contribute independent ideas and jointly present their work at professional conferences.
Anthropology: Faculty members are currently studying such topics as the commercialization of traditional cultures under the impact of tourism and the nature of cultural contact and the interchange of customs.
History: Faculty members are currently working in areas of environmental history and the impact of famine on society, maritime studies of the changing trade patterns for Indian shipping under colonialism, the history of Ethiopian and European interaction during the 16thCentury, women in the Middle East and the history of Communism.
Philosophy: Faculty members are currently studying such topics as the Anthropocene, the trans human condition and the ethical implications of technology.
Political Science: Faculty members are currently studying such topics as labor policies in the Middle East and North Africa, right wing European political parties, and native liberal traditions in the Levant.
Psychology: Faculty members are currently studying such topics as the impact of religion on psychological behavior, the nature of creativity and stereotypes and intergroup behavior.
Sociology: Faculty members are currently studying such topics as ethnic Chinese minorities in both China and the United States and sustainable environmental behavior.