Message From Lizabeth Cohen, Dean

Photo by Kathleen DooherPhoto by Kathleen DooherThe world’s leading thinkers need protected time, space, and resources to create original work, take big risks, and pursue unusual collaborations. The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study provides just that.

We invest in the future of ideas—and in the ideas of the future.

Academics and artists are expected to teach classes, mentor students, serve on committees, and supervise others’ research, in addition to producing their own work. This often leaves little time for the deep, imaginative thinking that is necessary to address the complex societal problems and intellectual challenges we face.

As Harvard’s institute for advanced study, we help accomplished thinkers develop original research, groundbreaking books, important public-policy recommendations, scientific discoveries, and daring artistic work.

A successful Radcliffe Campaign will generate powerful ideas and share them with global audiences. Please join us!

Lizabeth Cohen RI '02
Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History
Harvard University


Every day the Radcliffe Institute generates and shares new ideas that will make a lasting difference in our world. 

Learn about our aspirations, how you can get involved in The Radcliffe Campaign, and ways to give.

YOU CAN SUPPORT ORIGINAL THINKERS as part of The Radcliffe Campaign. 

Please be as generous as you can and make your gift to the Radcliffe Institute today.

For information about supporting The Radcliffe Campaign, please contact Julia Cavanaugh, director of external relations, at or (617) 496-3150.