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

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
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
For a cell to become cancerous, it needs to accumulate mutations in so-called driver genes, which control normal processes of cell growth. “For the last 30 years, the main strategy for treating cancer has been to drug the genes that make...Read more
Of her family trips to India, it’s the sensory stimulation—the colors, sounds, but especially the tastes and smells—that Jess Kanwal remembers best. “As you walk outdoors, amazing aromas draw you to street food stalls for a...Read more
Walk into any bookstore and you’ll see books and newspapers asking the same question: Is democracy in crisis? To explore this, Mateo Jarquín, a PhD candidate in history, turns to an oft-overlooked historical period: the revolutions that...Read more
During a Massachusetts winter, the colors of the cardinal and the blue jay stand out prominently against the gray skies. The cardinal gets its color from red carotenoid pigments in its feathers that absorb all the non-red colors in the visible light...Read more
When picturing traditional anthropological work, one often imagines an anthropologist observing a remote tribe in the jungle and quietly taking notes about their rituals and hierarchies. When Shuang Frost began researching the ethics of ride-sharing...Read more
In construction, the square lattice—like that in a simple bookcase from Ikea—is one of the most common structural elements of bridges and buildings. “Lattices are found everywhere in our lives,” says Matheus Fernandes, a PhD...Read more
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