Research by Field

Image from the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, a program of the Department of Economics


MIT SHASS generates research that helps alleviate poverty; safeguard elections; steer economies; understand the past and present; assess the impact of new technologies; understand language and human cultures; create new forms at the juncture of art and science; and inform policy and cultural mores on critical issues, including justice, healthcare, energy, climate, education, jobs, manufacturing, elections, national security, immigration, human rights, and economic equity.

Learn about leading MIT humanities, arts, and social science research in these fields:


Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab


Center for International Studies

Comparative Media Studies/Writing


Global Studies and Languages




Music and Theater Arts


Political Science

Science, Technology, and Society

Security Studies Program

Women's and Gender Studies