College of Liberal Arts Research

Research in the College of Liberal Arts provides graduate students opportunities to collaborate and lead initiatives that span the humanities, social sciences and STEM fields. As a public research institution, Temple equips its students with the tools and opportunities they need to pursue original ideas and create real, sustainable change in the world.

Research Honors 

Graduate students and faculty in the College of Liberal Arts are regular recipients of awards and accolades for their achievements. Recent honors include the following. 

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Research Facilities

Graduate students in Temple’s College of Liberal Arts have access to the following state-of-the-art, collaborative research centers and institutes.

  • Housed within the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, the Center for Asian Health seeks to reduce health disparities and improve health equity among underserved Asian Pacific Americans and other diverse health disparity populations. 
  • The Center for the Humanities at Temple is an interdisciplinary forum for scholarship and intellectual inquiry in the humanities, intended to bridge the disciplinary divide between departments and colleges.
  • The Center on Regional Politics provides elected local, state and federal officials, as well as nonprofit and private sector leaders, with a forum to develop policies that improve the quality of life and economic opportunities for residents of Southeastern Pennsylvania. The center develops evidence-based policies that respond to the region’s needs and promote its broad civic and economic interests.
  • The Institute for Public Affairs conducts and supports interdisciplinary research to inform and improve public policy in Philadelphia. The institute fosters collaboration and connections among citizens, policymakers, scholars and students to reach its goals.
  • One of only three academic survey research centers in the United States, the Institute for Survey Research implements national computer-assisted in-person surveys across a broad range of fields in underserved communities.
  • The Public Policy Lab is home to researchers who study public policies and the social processes relevant to their development and consequences.
  • The Temple University Brain Research & Imaging Center is an interdisciplinary research hub dedicated to the study of neurological biology and behavior. 
  • The University Community Collaborative prepares and supports youth and young adults to become confident, effective leaders, and it creates cultures that value and integrate the contributions of youth with the goal of building stronger communities.

Learn more about College of Liberal Arts research centers and institutes.

Department Research

Temple’s Criminal Justice Department is a robust community of curious intellectuals and passionate changemakers. Students and faculty work together on interdisciplinary and multi-method inquiries that make a real difference to policy and practice at a local, regional, national and international level. 

Areas of research conducted within the department include criminology, geography, history, experimental psychology, social psychology, social work, sociology and social ecology. 

While some graduate students are exploring rehabilitation and behavioral change, others are studying police-community relations, youth crime and the geography of crime.

THE CENTER FOR SECURITY AND CRIME SCIENCE

The Center for Security and Crime Science is the first center in the United States devoted to crime science. The Center seeks to address multiple levels of security concerns and engages in projects, often in partnership with law enforcement agencies, to examine those crimes which occur most frequently and use that information to develop policy options which close them off. This approach can work to reduce both the inclination and the opportunity to commit crime.

Research Funding

In 2016, the National Science Foundation placed Temple University among the top 100 in terms of research expenditures, which amounted to $242 million. Learn more about the university’s research support efforts.