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Updates and Guidance Related to COVID-19

As the COVID -19 situation continues to evolve, the Office of Research will continue to monitor any impacts relevant to AU Research and researchers. Of highest priority is the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students. FAQs have been created and will be updated regularly to ensure that the community has information regarding our research infrastructure and any needed changes in our procedures. To view the FAQ page, please visit For the most up to date information on the university’s response to the COVID-19 situation, please continue to access


COVID Racial Data Tracker

Racial Data Tracker

The COVID Racial Data Tracker collects, publishes, and analyzes racial data on the pandemic within the United States.


COVID-19: Latin America & Latinos in the U.S.

Impact on Latinos

CLALS is conducting analysis on COVID-19's impact on Latin American and Latino communities in the US. View their collection of analyses and projects.



SIS Scholars & COVID

SIS Faculty tackle the public health and economic crises related to COVID-19 in these series of articles and videos.


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Announcement ·

New Report Shows Dramatic Impacts of COVID-19 on Latino-Owned Businesses in the Washington, D.C. Area

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In the Community ·

AU Public Health Scholars “Go Inside the Outbreak”

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Research ·

Study Looks at Attitudes Toward Social Distancing in COVID-19 Pandemic

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AU centers


American University is home to over 30 centers and institutes that support collaborative and innovative research. These research organizations aim to further the university's mission and goals.

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Faculty members at AU receive externally sponsored awards from government agencies and foundations to conduct exciting and impactful research. The Office of Research maintains a list of these awards.


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The Office of Research works with AU’s schools, colleges, and research centers to facilitate the research project lifecycle. The office supervises the Office of Sponsored Programs and Office of Research Integrity.


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Strategic Focus

American University is committed to establishing targeted centers in scholarly areas that bring together thought leaders, policy makers, and industry leaders. As part of the five year strategic plan, AU is committed to establishing two or three university-research centers in areas of strategic focus where there is significant potential for further growth. These areas of focus include health, data analytics, security, and social equity that builds upon a strong foundation across AU's schools, and each presents opportunities for attracting external attention and support.

In addition to building out each area of strategic focus, AU will explore the intersections of these four areas, particularly where the overlap presents opportunities for cutting-edge research. By making particular investments in theses fields, AU will achieve distincition in an increasingly competitive higher education landscape.

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AU College: The Faculty Experts’ Corner

Faculty scholars from American University’s College of Arts and Sciences share their research and expertise on the pressing issues of the day, including the many aspects of COVID-19 and their far-reaching consequences.

Strategic Plan: Updates

Stay up to date with the strategic plan! Learn about progress being made regarding research at AU and the areas of strategic focus. You can also submit feedback regarding the updates.


Research News

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Security, Technology, Innovation ·

Hack-Back: Toward A Legal Framework For Cyber Self-Defense

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Communications ·

Capstone Projects Showcase Game Design Students’ Skills and Creativity

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Government & Politics ·

Sine Institute Hosts Discussion on JFK’s 1963 Peace Speech at AU

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