Research-Based Centers and Institutes

This is an archived copy of the 2017-2018 catalog. To access the most recent version of the catalog, please visit

Centers and institutes contribute significantly to the research, teaching, and service priorities of the University. By attracting external funding, research-based centers and institutes provide opportunities for faculty and students to engage current or emerging problems in a search for new solutions. For more information, please contact the Office of Research Affairs at (916) 278-6402 or visit

College of Arts and Letters

  • Center for Practical and Professional Ethics
    Director, Russell DiSilvestro
  • North Central Information Center
    Director, Patrick Ettinger
  • Center for Philosophy and the Natural Science
    Director, Michael Epperson/History Department and NSM Dean's Office

College of Business Administration

  • Center for Small Business
    Director, Andrey Mikhailitchenko
  • Center for Business Analytics
    Director, Min Li
  • Center for Entrepreneurship
    Director, Seung Bach

College of Education

  • Center for Mathematics and Science Education (MASE) w/College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    Director, Judi Kusnick

College of Engineering and Computer Science

  • Center for Information Assurance and Security
    Director, Isaac Ghansah
  • Office of Water Programs
    Director, Ramzi Mahmood
  • Center for Biomedical Device Development
    Director, Warren Smith

College of Health and Human Services

  • Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution
    Director, Ernest Uwazie
  • Center for the Study of Criminology and Criminal Justice
    Director, Mary Maguire

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • Center for Interdisciplinary Molecular Education, Research and Advancement (CIMERA)
    Director, Thomas Savage
  • Center for Mathematics and Science Education (MASE) (w/College of Education)
    Director, Judi Kusnick
  • Center for STEM Excellence
    Director, Dean Jill Trainer
  • Center for Philosophy and the Natural Sciences
    Director, Michael Epperson/NSM Dean's Office and History Department

College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Archaeological Research Center
    Directors, Michael Delacorte and Mark Basgall
  • Asian Pacific Islander American Research Center (APIARC)
    Director, Tim Fong
  • Center for California Studies
    Director, Steve Boilard
  • Center for Collaborative Policy
    Acting Director, Adam Sutkis
  • EdInsight (formerly Institute for Highter Education Leadership and Policy-IHELP)
    Director, Andrea Venezia
  • Institute for Social Research
    Director, David Barker

Academic Affairs (Interdisciplinary)

  • Institute for Water, Energy, Sustainability, and Technology (iWEST)
    Executive Director, Debbie Whaley

Note: Centers and Institutes are added and removed from the list as funding and programs evolve. Please visit for the most current listing or contact David Earwicker at (916) 278-3668.