Research Centers


RAACThe Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture was established in 1989 to explore the connection between religion and other aspects of American culture. We are a research and public outreach institute that supports the ongoing scholarly discussion of the nature, terms, and dynamics of religion in America. As a program of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the Center pursues its aim as part of the mission of liberal and humane learning. It seeks to elevate among students, faculty, and the larger American public the understanding of the influence of religion in the lives of people.

CUMEThe Center for Urban and Multicultural Education (CUME) at IUPUI is affiliated with the IU School of Education at IUPUI in Indianapolis.

CUME is a partner-focused organization that addresses important educational issues confronting urban schools and communities. We deliver the highest-quality research and evaluation products for the purpose of building capacity among urban educational and community organizations.

iatbannerThe Institute unites the teaching faculty, editing specialists, and research holdings of the Peirce Edition Project, the Santayana Edition, the Frederick Douglass Papers, and the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies with related academic programs in American Studies, Professional Editing, and American philosophy. The Institute is structured around a public research center that supports the work of its academic programs and scholarly editions while providing a singular resource for students and scholars from Indiana and worldwide.

IAHIEstablished in 2011, the IAHI supports campus-wide attainment of excellence in research and creative activity in arts and humanities. Its mission includes showcasing and promoting the major intellectual and scholarly contributions that IUPUI faculty members from across disciplines are making in the arts and humanities.

The IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute supports individual faculty members, groups, and interdisciplinary teams in their pursuit of research and creative activity through grant programs and promoting educational experiences in the arts and humanities in academic curricula across campus. In addition, the IAHI serves as a liaison between IUPUI and the community, fostering ongoing partnerships and ventures that advance arts and humanities endeavors.

lake-bannerLake Institute on Faith & Giving offers customized programs that translate data and giving trends into practical tools. We support the development of research designed to explore the broad context of religious giving. Through public forums we engage practitioners, scholars, and the community in thoughtful conversation and reflection. Studying, teaching, and understanding the religious motivations for giving allows for more effective fundraising and outreach across the nonprofit sector.

PolisThe Polis Center was established in 1989 to link two types of expertise—academic and practical—for the benefit of communities in Indiana and elsewhere. Geospatial technologies, especially GIS, emerged as our preferred technical tools because of their unique ability to integrate and visualize information by location. This capacity and our collaborative approach mean that we can develop and analyze data for any geographic area and involve local exerts in helping to understand what the results mean for local communities. All of the center's projects use this approach to help communities build their capacity to use data and information for more effective decision making.

urban healthThe center aims to stimulate collaborative efforts to explore connections between environmentbehaviorhealth, and climate as related to urban environments. These translational efforts will be inter- and trans-disciplinary, as evidenced by earth scientists publishing with pediatricians, and geographers publishing with epidemiologists.

athenaeum3The mission of the IUPUI Max Kade German-American Research and Resource Center is to support German-American Studies through scholarly research, teaching, and service. Through the study of the German diaspora in the United States and its effects on American culture and society, the influence and importance of the German element is evident.