Advanced Research Collaborative  


The Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) was established in 2013 by Chase Robinson (former President at The Graduate Center) and Don Robotham, Professor of Anthropology. ARC extends the CUNY Graduate Center’s global reach and prominence as an international hub of advanced study. Through its fellowships, ARC embraces the vital work of eminent scholars both within and outside of CUNY. These scholars enter a stimulating interdisciplinary environment in which they conduct their own research, access the GC’s research centers and institutes, and collaborate with doctoral students and other leading scholars. ARC also offers support to Graduate Center doctoral students from a range of disciplines, providing a platform for them to independently share and debate their research interests and practices.

As an interdisciplinary space for collaboration, ARC currently focuses on the following four key areas of intellectual and public policy concerns: Immigration, Inequality, Multilingualism, and Global Cities.

  • GLOBAL CITIES: Critical issues facing large cities around the world and the role played therein by public, nonprofit, and business organizations.
  • INEQUALITY: Research on the structural foundations of increasing inequality across our society and ways to mobilize communities around various alternatives.
  • IMMIGRATION: Interdisciplinary research on the social, cultural, and political impacts of international migration, with special attention on the role of immigration in NYC and comparative studies on how immigration and ethnic diversity are experienced in different nations.
  • MULTILINGUALISM / TRANSLATION: Interdisciplinary research on complex social, cultural, and policy issues raised by multilingualism.
  • CRITICAL UNIVERSITY STUDIES: proposals that examine the role of higher education, especially public universities, at the intersection of issues of race, class, gender, culture, political economy, and politics. Please click here to learn more about this research area. 

In addition, ARC partners with the Graduate Center’s forty research centers, institutes, interdisciplinary committees, and other academic initiatives to promote interdisciplinary research.