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

The story of Joseph in Genesis, the first book of the Hebrew Bible, has been pored over by scholars for centuries and told and re-told in books, ballets, movies, and even musicals. Yet the tale still contains mysteries—such as its exact date of...Read more
Lesions to the upper brain stem can result in a rare neurological disorder known as Locked-in Syndrome. Locked-in patients are paralyzed—except for the ability among some to communicate via upper eyelid movements. From the outside, patients appear...Read more
In a September 2017 interview, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates expressed his concern about being viewed as a spokesperson for black Americans: “Obviously I write…and I want my thoughts considered, I want my writing considered. But I didn’t ask for a crown...Read more
Though it is often associated with news about smog, Beijing is neither the first nor the only city to be hit by it. The Great Smog of London covered the city in 1952. New Delhi and Mexico City frequently top “worst cities for smog” lists. Smog is...Read more
In the Philippines’ Quezon City, located in greater Manila, Applebee’s has two happy hours: one at the usual time and another at 6:00 a.m. The daybreak crowd is almost entirely made up of call center customer service representatives, coming off...Read more
A 112-mile UN Buffer Zone divides Cyprus in two, with Turkish Cypriots in the north and Greek Cypriots in the south. Tensions between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities have existed since the early 1900s, but in 1974, following a pro-Greek...Read more
In the early years of his PhD in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning, Adam Tanaka spent his summers conducting research for the New York City Department of City Planning. While working at the agency, one thing rapidly became...Read more
High-temperature superconductors are materials that can conduct electricity with zero resistance. If electrical wires were capable of superconduction, computers wouldn’t heat up and phone batteries could last a week instead of mere hours. But,...Read more
PhD Candidate, Committee on the Study of Religion
Catherine Hartmann was first exposed to Buddhism in a church Bible study group. “We were reading a book about other world religions and why they were wrong,” Hartmann says. According to the PhD candidate in the study of religion, the...Read more
PhD Candidate, Education
In August 2014, during Clint Smith’s first week in graduate school, 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, a suburb north of St. Louis, Missouri. As protests spread across the US, people wanted to understand what...Read more