The CSRD’s mission is to promote engaged research and scholarship focused on the ways issues of race, democracy, and public policy impact the lives of global citizens.
Through interdisciplinary scholarship, technological innovation, and public symposia, the Center seeks to develop an interactive model of history that fosters a robust intellectual and civic dialogue on race relations, civil rights, law, international relations, and democracy at UT Austin and within the wider national political and policy landscape. The Center will be an intellectual hub, public policy clearinghouse, and interdisciplinary headquarters that builds bridges across campuses, promotes partnership across schools, and fosters collaboration across disciplines.
The CSRD’s ultimate goal will be to serve as a national hub of civil rights, public history, and public policy research that energizes scholarly, student, and practitioner debates, and promotes interaction across universities, departments, schools, disciplines, and municipalities.
The CSRD will offer research opportunities for graduate students and undergraduates through the Center’s core research areas. The Center will hold annual conferences on a major theme related to race, democracy, and public policy (for example voting rights, mass incarceration, welfare reform, affirmative action, immigration); establish an endowed Barbara Jordan Postdoctoral Fellowship and an endowed lecture series through fundraising and strategic partnerships with UT Alumni and external funding sources; and establish regularly scheduled symposiums and brown bag lunch seminars.
The CSRD will function as a robust research center that will offer opportunities for students, scholars, UT-Austin faculty and staff, social policy practitioners, and public policy experts to engage in public scholarship and dialogue around the core research areas of the Center and beyond. The CSRD seeks to utilize a range of interdisciplinary research methods to answer questions about the intersection of race, public policy, and democracy on a variety of contemporary and long standing issues related to civil rights, social justice movements, and democracy, including history, public policy, sociology, anthropology, law and society, and political science.