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Global Research Priorities

At the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, we work together to fulfill Cornell’s powerful mandate to engage with and transform the world. Our faculty, postdocs, visiting scholars, and students cross disciplinary lines to tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems.

We focus on issues and topics where the stakes for ordinary citizens are high and informed public voices about the conditions that shape our lives are critically needed. 

Top Research Priorities

Black Lives Matter June 2020 protest in Manchester, UK

Inequalities, Identities, and Justice

Public scholarship for social justice, access, and accountability

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Researching, teaching, and building for a world on the move

People at a protest

Democratic Threats and Resilience

Global challenges to democracy and evolving democratic norms

Plantations' Global Legacies

Tying together the Einaudi Center's commitments to social justice and migration, this two-day virtual conference explored the role plantation agriculture has played in shaping the racial dynamics and unequal structures of the modern era.

tea plantation crops in rows

Video: A Conversation on the Plantationocene

Research Themes

The Einaudi Center supports intellectual exchange on academic and policy themes and funds selected research teams tackling topical questions. Explore our research themes.