Research at Berkeley is undertaken within several types of organizations—academic departments, institutes and centers, museums, and field stations.

  • Academic departments offer courses and grant degrees, as well as sometimes housing laboratories and other research infrastructure. They are organized according to academic disciplines (e.g. Sociology, Economics, Physics).
  • Research Centers and Institutes, sometimes referred to as Organized Research Units (ORUs), are organized around broad substantive research topics (e.g. international affairs, information technology, the environment). As such, they draw into their research programs faculty and students from multiple departments and disciplines. Berkeley has more than 100 such research units.
  • Museums also serve as important research sites on the campus. Berkeley has eight museums with strong collections in a variety of fields, including anthropology, paleontology and entomology.
  • In addition, Berkeley manages a number of biological field stations. Most are in remote locations within California ideal for the study of ecosystems, botany, zoology, and forestry.

For information about research activities within an academic department, go directly to that department's webpage from this list of departments. For information regarding institutes, centers, museums, and field stations, use the drop down lists below to filter by field of research and type of research unit. A list for research centers and institutes by subject area is available here.

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Research Unit Director Email Telephone
Institute for the Study of Societal Issues Martin Sanchez-Jankowski, (510) 642-0813
Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences Thomas Griffiths (510) 642-2592
Institute of East Asian Studies Kevin O'Brien (510) 642-2809
Institute of European Studies Jeroen Dewulf (510) 664-9904
Institute of Governmental Studies Jack Citrin, (510) 642-1474
Institute of Human Development Ron Dahl (510) 642-9163
Institute of International Studies Pradeep Chhibber, (510) 642-2474
Institute of Personality and Social Research Robert Levenson, (510) 642-5050
Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies John Connelly (510) 642-3230
Institute of Transportation Studies Alexandre Bayen (510) 642-3585
Institute of Urban and Regional Development Jason Corburn (510) 643-4790
Joint BioEnergy Institute Jay Keasling (510) 495-2620
Kadish Center for Morality, Law & Public Affairs Christopher Kutz (510) 642-6053
Kavli Energy NanoScience Institute Paul Alivisatos (510) 643-7371
Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science Marla Feller 510-643-1726
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Michael Nachman (510) 642-1792
Office for History of Science and Technology Massimo Mazzotti (510) 642-4581
Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center Khalid Mosalam (510) 642-3437
Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology Benjamin Porter (510) 642-3681
Program for the Medical Humanities Thomas Laqueur (510) 642-2339