Affiliated Programs & Centers

Duke Departments, Programs & Centers


  • Department of Biology: hosts over 45 active faculty research laboratories studying areas spanning developmental biology, cell biology, molecular biology, ecology, evolution, organismal biology, and genomics.
  • Center for Cognitive Neuroscience: serves as Duke’s portal for research, education and advanced training in the psychological, computational and biological mechanisms of higher mental function, all from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • Duke – UNC Brain Imaging Analysis Center: brings together scientists from throughout Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to find interdisciplinary solutions to fundamental research questions about the human brain.
  • Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS): provides a vibrant hub for all who share our vision of making neuroscience greater than the sum of its parts by integrating schools, disciplines, analysis and education to accelerate breakthroughs and benefit society.

Science and Technology


  • Kenan Institute of Ethics: an interdisciplinary “think and do” tank committed to promoting moral reflection and commitment, conducting interdisciplinary research, and shaping policy and practice.
  • Center for Comparative Philosophy: dedicated to teaching and research into the philosophies that animate different traditions.

Law, Politics & Public Policy

  • Sanford Institute for Public Policy: one of America’s leading schools of public policy, offering undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in public policy and international development policy.
  • Department of Political Science: faculty includes more than 30 full time members, with about a third having joint appointments in other departments such as Public Policy, Economics, History, and Law as well as several distinguished visiting faculty from other universities in the United States and Europe.
  • School of Law: an ambitious, forward-thinking, and innovative institution whose mission is to prepare students for responsible and productive lives in the legal profession.

Global Education for Undergraduates

Literature & Renaissance Studies

  • Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies: dedicated to bringing together faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students at Duke and other campuses in the Triangle area to study the period from 500 to 1700 that definitively shaped Western, Western Asian, and New World cultures that we have inherited in the present.
  • Program in Literature: seeks to rethink what comparison might mean in a world rapidly being altered by complex forces of economic and technological integration.

National Association

The American Philosophical Association (Members of the National Association)

The American Philosophical Association promotes the discipline and profession of philosophy, both within the academy and in the public arena. The APA supports the professional development of philosophers at all levels and works to foster greater understanding and appreciation of the value of philosophical inquiry. Learn more