Research in the College spans a wide range of topics, with many interdisciplinary areas — including population health and race and equity — connecting to broader UW initiatives. Across all four divisions, researchers, scholars, artists and teachers push the boundaries of discovery and expression.
Our faculty are leaders in some of the most ambitious research projects of our time, including the Rubin Observatory, the most comprehensive optical astronomy survey ever undertaken. Faculty across the College also work toward social change, focusing on equity, public policy, human rights, environmental justice, international relations, ethics in technology, and other timely and pressing issues.
With the UW’s prominence in data science, researchers in statistics, sociology, applied mathematics, and many other Arts & Sciences departments and units integrate data science into their work, focusing on the potential of data to help us better understand society and the world. Arts & Sciences faculty also provide expertise in the field of artificial intelligence and its implications for society.
Research Initiatives Across Arts & Sciences
Through interdisciplinary research initiatives, faculty and students are pursuing ambitious projects in all four Arts & Sciences divisions. Here are a few examples.
The Arts and Creativity Initiative aims to bring together students, artists, scholars and audiences in state-of-the-art facilities to catalyze creative discovery.
At the intersection of technology and scholarship, the Digital Humanities initiative increases the accessibility of knowledge and builds community.
Researchers at the DIRAC Institute are using data intensive, computationally-driven science to explore fundamental questions about the origins and evolution of our universe