Institutes


Institute of Classical Archaeology

Institute of Classical Archaeology
The Institute of Classical Archaeology (ICA) carries out multi-disciplinary archaeological research projects in the agricultural hinterlands of ancient Greek colonies in southern Italy and on the Black Sea coast of Ukraine. ICA was established as a research unit in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas, Austin, in 1974. Since it was established in 1974, ICA, with major support from public and private sources, has developed long-term projects to explore the rural populations of Metapontum and Croton in Italy and of Chersonesos in Crimea, Ukraine. Principal collaborators include the Archaeological Superintendencies of Calabria and Basilicata and the National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos at Sevastopol. ICA’s research and publications have brought it international recognition as a leader in the study of the ancient countryside in the Greek and Roman world.

France-University of Texas Institute

France-University of Texas Institute
The France-UT Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies has been recognized as one of fourteen interdisciplinary centers (centres pluridisciplinaires) located in prestigious universities in the United States. (For further information on the interdisciplinary centers in the United States, see the website of the French embassy. The France-University of Texas Institute is sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Washington, the Consulate General of France in Houston, and the University of Texas. UT-Austin was chosen for its strong and on-going relationships with several French universities and research centers, including Paris III, Paris X, Lyon-III, Institut des Sciences Politiques, Université Paul Valéry, Université Jules Verne, MICEFA, CNRS, EPHESS, ESCP, Ecole Centrale de Lille, INRA, and INA. Many professors and researchers from French universities and the University of Texas collaborate on various projects, and many students in Architecture, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences and Engineering take advantage of the ties UT has with France.

Institute for Historical Studies

Institute for Historical Studies
Founded in 2007, the Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History has provided a dynamic space for scholarly inquiry and exchange. Embodying the history department’s commitment to excellence in research and teaching, the Institute organizes international conferences, fosters scholarly presentations and roundtables, promotes critical discussion of historical themes and methods, and encourages reflections on the origins and legacies of historical events.

Humanities Institute

Humanities Institute
The Humanities Institute sponsors public lectures, workshops, and forums, as well as faculty seminars and scholarly symposia. These often feature international scholars and global topics. The Paul and Mary Ho Lecture in China Studies is offered each year. The institute also offers grants for community-based research, and works with faculty to develop Difficult Dialogues courses on controversial topics. The Institute participates in the Consortium for Humanities Centers and Institutes, an international consortium promoting humanities scholarship and public engagement.

Institute for Israel Studies

Institute for Israel Studies
The Institute has been operating since 2012 and was formally institutionalized in 2015. We seek to be one of a handful of premier hubs for the academic study of Israeli society, culture, politics, and foreign relations. With the generous support of the Schusterman foundation and the Israel Institute, we maintain a rich and diverse teaching program. We offer undergraduate courses in: Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Law, Creative Writing, Security Studies, History and Demography. As of fall of 2015, the Institute will offer a new Post-Doctoral program and during its inaugural year, the program hosted two outstanding fellows, Dr. Ilana Shpaizman (Public Policy) and Dr. Erga Atad (Communication). Research is the crown jewel of the IIS. In line with our commitment to academic freedom and creativity, we set an infrastructure that facilitates interaction and collaboration among established academics, professionals and innovators. We encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas, form groups, secure research grants and make scientific breakthroughs. We offer a variety of cultural activities.​ Most notably, we work in collaboration with the Schusterman Foundation to cultivate and expand our ties with Israeli novelists and artists.

Teres Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections
 LLILAS’s interdisciplinary program boasts 160 faculty across campus, the majority of whom conduct international research in Latin America. The Benson Latin American Collection is one of the most important repositories of Latin American and U.S. Latina/o materials in the hemisphere. Scholarly and research exchange with Latin America are integral to our programs through study abroad, visiting professorships, and fellowships that allow students to study and conduct research in Latin America, and scholars from around the world to carry out research at the Benson. We are a founding member of Hemispheres, UT’s international area studies outreach consortium. LLILAS Benson pioneers projects in digital scholarship, transforming teaching and research through the use of international digital resources. We are leaders in post-custodial archiving, preserving and protecting fragile archives in their country of origin while making them accessible the world over. 

South Asia Institute

South Asia Institute
The South Asia Institute (SAI), a National Resource Center funded by a Title VI grant, sponsors major conferences, scholarly symposia, and a weekly South Asia Seminar. The institute provides Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships to students pursuing graduate degrees relating to South Asia in any UT department or school. Additionally, the Title VI grant provides resources for outreach programs to K-12 schools, post-secondary institutions, business and civic organizations, and the Texas community at large. SAI promotes the study of contemporary South Asian languages in cooperation with the Department of Asian Studies and the Hindi-Urdu Flagship Program, including Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Tamil Telugu, and Urdu.