The Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences boasts programs and centres of research expertise spanning history, politics, sociology, and literature.

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Gender and Women’s History Research Centre

Gender and Women’s History Research Centre explores the experience of a diverse array of individuals in times past.

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Imperial and Colonial Histories

The Imperial and Colonial Histories research program includes: histories of Indigenous-imperial engagement; settler colonial and transcolonial histories; comparative Indigenous histories; Indigenous biography; colonial travel, mobilities and exchange; missions, colonial governance and law; histories and legacies of empire.

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The Literature research program examines English-language literature from the early modern period through to the contemporary era, including: Shakespeare and the English Renaissance; the literature and culture of the long eighteenth century; the history and theory of the novel; environmental literatures and the environmental humanities; imperial and postcolonial studies; Irish studies; American literature; Anglophone literatures in a transnational context.

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Political Science

The Political Science program contributes broadly to scholarship in political science, with a nationally unique focus on the subfields of comparative politics and political economy.

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Research Centre for Refugees, Migration and Humanitarian Studies

The Research Centre for Refugees, Migration, and Humanitarian Studies explores the experiences of refugees across the world.

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The Sociology program generates research on the structure and bases of power in contemporary societies and diverse political arenas, as well as producing major advances in social and political theory.

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