About the Institute

Our Work

Crow stands on white surface against a white blackground
New Caldonian crow (Corvus moneduloides). Christian Rutz, the 2019–2020 Grass Fellow at Harvard Radcliffe Institute and a professor of biology at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, used his time at Radcliffe to reflect on ways his years of research illuminating the extraordinary tool-making ability of New Caledonian crows might help generate future insights on human technological progress. Photo by Vincent J. Musi, Nat Geo Collection

Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s work spans all disciplines and professions. The Institute provides invaluable support to scholars and students pursuing pathbreaking research and creative projects, including Radcliffe fellows, participants in seminars and workshops, and those inspired by the Schlesinger Library’s rich collections.

Harvard Radcliffe Institute also offers a wide range of events and exhibitions, which are free and open to the public. These programs reflect our commitment to expanding access to the University and to supporting the robust exchange of ideas.

As part of our strategic plan, Radcliffe Engaged, launched in 2019, the Institute identified two initial focus areas that place greater emphasis on research applications; scholarship that engages civic and community partners, public debates, and broader audiences; and supporting the development of Harvard students.

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Featured Areas of Inquiry

Equity & Opportunity

Radcliffe is committed to work that deepens and expands human understanding by dismantling barriers.

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Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery

The presidential initiative on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, announced by Harvard President Lawrence Bacow in 2019 and anchored at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, is an effort to understand and address the enduring legacy of slavery within the University community.

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Women, Gender, and Society

Radcliffe’s founding commitment to women, gender, and society endures in our work.

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Long 19th Amendment Project

The Long 19th Amendment Project is a joint initiative of Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project supports fellowships and public programming centered on the centennial of the 19th Amendment with the aim of telling a more complete and inclusive story of women’s suffrage.

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Youth Leadership

Across the country and around the world, young people are leading calls for social change. A new mentoring and leadership development program at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute empowers Harvard undergraduates and local high school students to drive meaningful change in their communities.

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Law, Education, and Justice

The Institute’s focus on law, education, and justice reflects a growing bipartisan consensus that historically high rates of incarceration in the United States constitute a national crisis.

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