Centers




Center for Asian American Studies
Founded in 2000, the Center for Asian American Studies (CAAS) at The University of Texas at Austin is an interdisciplinary academic program currently offering classes in the fields of American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Communications, Educational Psychology, English, Government, History, Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Radio-Television-Film, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies.


Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies


The Edward A Clark Center for Australian & New Zealand Studies
The Center conducts a wide array of research studies, many in collaboration with Australian and New Zealand scholars, that focus on the antipodean countries and their relations with the U.S.: political and legal issues and institutions; trade and related economic issues; immigration and multiculturalism; issues of ethnicity, race, and gender; ecology and energy questions; the histories, literatures, film and art of Australia and New Zealand.


Center for East Asian Studies


Center for East Asian Studies
Created in 2004, the center is housed in the Department of Asian Studies, and features a diverse faculty from fields such as anthropology, history, literature, language pedagogy, and political science. Focusing primarily on contemporary East Asian cultures, societies, and languages, Center scholars have conducted research on issues relating to classical and modern literature, consumerism, demography, film, gender, language instruction, poetry, popular culture, religion and ritual, social movements, and transnational migration.


Center for European Studies


Center for European Studies
The Center for European Studies (CES), a National Resource Center funded by a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education, sponsors major conferences, scholarly symposia, and numerous annual workshops and guest lectures. As an NRC, the Center offers Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships to undergraduate and graduate students interested in European topics and modern languages and provides resources to K-12 schools and teachers, post-secondary institutions, and businesses. CES also serves as host for the UT Austin-European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) faculty exchange which offers a unique opportunity for UT faculty to teach in Europe while allowing UT students the chance to attend classes taught by Viadrina faculty.



Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas
The mission of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas is to counter the modern university’s drift towards fragmentation and specialization by creating a locus of sustained dialogue about questions of enduring significance. Through its Jefferson Scholars Program and Certificate Program in Core Texts and Ideas, the center exposes students to great debates about human nature, happiness, justice, and ethics that have occurred through history and across cultural boundaries both within and beyond the West. For the past several years the Jefferson Center has provided scholarships for undergraduate summer study in Rome. Co-Directors Thomas and Lorraine Pangle have both written extensively on ancient Greek, European, and American political thought, and Thomas Pangle is a founding Member of the Editorial Board of the new Chinese Journal of Classical Studies (Renmin University, Beijing). The Jefferson Center has sent Assistant Director Erik Dempsey and 8 undergraduates to study and discuss the classics at the Rome Institute of Liberal Arts. It also hosts visiting scholars from China.


Linguistics Research Center

Linguistics Research Center
The Linguistics Research Center (LRC) produces high-quality introductory on-line lesson series for ancient Indo-European languages, together with an accompanying on-line lexicon. These freely available resources are unique around the world and attract on average 30,000 visitors from around the world to the LRC’s webpages every month. Because of this international visibility, the LRC attracts foreign scholars every year, mainly from Asia and Europe, who come to UT to conduct research and collaborate on joint research projects. In order to develop a stable funding source, the LRC is currently exploring options for charging foreign scholars who come to the LRC to interact with its staff and use its unique resources.


Center for Mexican American Studies


Center for Mexican American Studies
Since 1970, the mission of the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) has been to serve Texas and the nation as a leader in the intellectual development of Mexican American studies. The establishment of CMAS represents an institutional recognition of the importance of the Mexican American people in the history of the United States. CMAS accomplishes its mission by engaging in community outreach efforts throughout the academic year that include hosting various lecture series, organizing an extensive public programming calendar, and fostering a variety of community and research partnerships.


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Center for Middle Eastern Studies
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) is devoted to promoting informed understanding of the Middle East in the United States through supporting rigorous academic programming, educational outreach and resources, and community engagement. We serve as a National Resource Center, through US Department of Education Title VI funding, supporting our academic programs, educational outreach, and community events. Our undergraduate degree program in Middle East Studies serves approximately 70 majors, with many more benefitting from enrolling in our courses. The Center also supports an MA program hosting about 30 graduate students in Middle Eastern Studies. Our language programs include Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Hebrew. We collaborate closely with the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, which hosts additional undergraduate and graduate programs (MA and PhD) in Middle East Languages and Cultures.



Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning
The Center for Open Educational Resources & Language Learning (COERLL) is one of 16 National Foreign Language Resource Centers (LRC’s) funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The overall mission of these federally-funded centers is to improve the teaching and learning of foreign languages by producing resources (materials and best practices) that can be profitably employed in a variety of settings.


Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies


Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies
The Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies (APCCS) has a long history of fostering interdisciplinary approaches to the study of varied cultural forms. APCCS is located in UT Austin’s Department of Anthropology, the only anthropology program in the US that offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees with a graduate concentration in Cultural Forms. Graduates leave the program with a degree in Anthropology and a doctoral portfolio in Cultural Studies. APCCS offers graduate students unique and creative outlets for their research, including a journal and yearly research colloquia.


Center for Perceptual Systems


Center for Perceptual Systems
The Center for Perceptual Systems sponsors a weekly symposium series that includes international scholars, and it hosts the international NETI conference, a biennial conference on perception and action. Laboratories of faculty in the Center frequently host visiting scientists from other countries.



Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES), a National Resource Center funded by a Department of Education Title VI grant, sponsors talks, conferences, and events on the UT campus related to Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia. The Center provides competitive Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships, as well as a range of research and study abroad fellowships, for which all UT undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.  Additionally, CREEES coordinates outreach programs for K-12 schools, post-secondary institutions, business and civic organizations, and a variety of audiences in Central Texas. In addition to Title VI, CREEES has received federal funding for programs such as Fulbright-Hayes Group Projects Abroad in Siberia and Moscow, and Project Global Officers, which have funded curriculum development for K-12 teachers, as well as study abroad programs for students across Texas.


Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies


Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies
The Jewish Studies program at The University of Texas is designed to reflect the dynamic complexity of Jewish histories, literatures, populations, traditions, and transformations wherever they have existed. As a richly diversified field, Jewish Studies at UT has embraced a wide range of interrelated studies including history, archaeology, languages, literature, textual analysis, ritual studies, sociology, art, and religious thought. This diversity of ideas and methods constructs natural bridges for students across the university to enter into dialogue with Jewish culture and, through such conversations, to reflect on their own disciplines or traditions. The Center reaches beyond the classroom through the support of University and community-wide events, support of visiting scholars who wish to use the University’s rich Judaica collections, as well as through lectures, conferences, exhibits, and concerts displaying the full range of Jewish culture.


Texas Language Center


Texas Language Center
The Texas Language Center supports, enhances, and promotes the teaching of languages at the University of Texas at Austin. The Center offers services that facilitate language teaching of all levels through courses, professional seminars, and coordination with home department courses. The TLC also promotes professionalization of language teaching staff through funded research, training, and course development.


John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies


John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies
 The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies is the research and programming division of the larger Black Studies community at the University of Texas at Austin. Since its inception at The University of Texas at Austin in June 1969, the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies (WCAAAS) has been a focal point for campus and community life around the cultural, sociopolitical, artistic, economic, and historical experiences of Africans and their descendants.