From the lab to the archive, from academia to public service, GSAS students and alumni are making discoveries and contributing new knowledge.

“All of us have seen Hubble images of external galaxies,” says Catherine Zucker, a PhD candidate in astronomy. “But it is difficult to tell whether our own galaxy, the Milky Way, looks like any of those spiral galaxies. That’...Read more
The adult body is made up of trillions of cells, and each type of cell is specially equipped for its role. “This diversity of cell types is produced during early development from a single progenitor,” says James Valcourt, a PhD candidate...Read more
When researching for a course on migration and the religious imaginary, Cori Tucker-Price, a PhD candidate in religion, read a book about religion in Chicago, which got her wondering about another city. “What was the religious imaginary like...Read more
For Bailey Sincox, a PhD candidate in English, her project started with a fascination with female revenge as a genre in the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri , where a mother retaliates against the police for...Read more
It has been proven that certain chemicals pervasive in consumer goods, such as the BPA endocrine disrupting chemical, have negative health effects. However, most regulatory agencies continue to say they are safe, including the US Food and Drug...Read more
What is a border and how do we map or trace it? Hardeep Dhillon, a PhD candidate in history, writes a history of law and migration that reconceptualizes border-making. “If we imagine borders only as territorial entities and spaces of...Read more
“When the concept of implicit bias was first introduced, it was described as a ‘cognitive monster’, untameable and therefore unchangeable,” says Tessa Charlesworth, a PhD candidate in psychology. Implicit biases are automatic...Read more
Having a more accurate history of past sea surface temperatures enables us to better understand climate changes over time. However, 95 percent of these measurements from the 1850s to the 1950s were taken by nonexpert sailors using buckets, a...Read more
Before Alexandra Schultz, a PhD candidate in Classics, explains her research, she asks people whether they’ve heard of the Library of Alexandria. The most common response is an excited, “Of course! That great library with every book ever...Read more
According to Daniel Walden, a PhD candidate in music theory, there was something in the air in the late 19th century. “There was this dream of a universal form of expression that would bring people together,” he explains. In language,...Read more