Affiliated Programs & Centers

John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture

Established in 1995 at the University, the Center's mission is to make available to all researchers a growing body of primary sources and publications in the field.  It counts several notable collections among its holdings, including the papers of Professor John Hope Franklin. and the documentation generated by Behind the Veil, an oral history project on African-American life in the Jim Crow South. 

SLIPPAGE: Performance | Culture | Technology

Founded by Professor Thomas F. DeFrantz in 2003, this interdisciplinary group explores connections between performance and emergent technology in the service of theatrical storytelling.  SLIPPAGE projects have been performed in Denmark, Peru, Cuba, Italy, France, South Africa, Botswana, and many venues in the United States. Its projects include Ennobling Nonna, Queer Theory! An Academic Travesty, Monk’s Mood: A Performance Meditation on the Life and Music of Thelonious Monk, the House Music Project, Cane, and Theory-ography.

Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences (REGSS)

REGSS provides a context where scholars interested in examining the constructs of race, ethnicity, and gender from an interdisciplinary perspective can engage each other in dialogue and collaboration. The Center, directed by Professor Kerry L. Haynie, offers opportunities for scholars researching issues of race, ethnicity, and gender to connect with colleagues in other departments and schools. Our questions and our methodologies draw on disciplinary backgrounds that include economics, history, political science, psychology, public policy, and sociology, and we welcome participants from across Duke University.

Center for Arts, Digital Culture and Entrepreneurship (CADCE)

CADCE produces original digital content that integrates interdisciplinary research in the social sciences, humanities, and digital arts with innovative business strategies. Directed by Professor Mark Anthony Neal, CADCE addresses racial, ethnic and gender concerns by creating digital models for pedagogy, learning, and curriculum development. These models take advantage of traditional and emergent media platforms – from blogs, video and social media – to ultimately develop collaborative, vertically integrated digital technology startups.

The Center on Genomics, Race, Identity, Difference (GRID)

The Center on Genomics, Race, Identity, Difference (GRID) is a global initiative with a vision to inform and transform the conceptualization, use, and impact of race in science, medicine, and society. GRID is part of the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) and is affiliated with the Department of African & African American Studies, Duke Initiative for Science & Society, and the Duke Global Health Institute. Race features prominently in the title of the center and is a focal point. Additionally, the work of GRID includes related forms of identity such as ancestry, ethnicity, tribe, and geographic and national classifications.

The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity

The Duke Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity is a scholarly collaborative engaged in the study of the causes and consequences of inequality and in the assessment and redesign of remedies for inequality and its adverse effects. Concerned with the economic, political, social and cultural dimensions of uneven and inequitable access to resources, opportunity and capabilities, Cook Center researchers take a cross-national comparative approach to the study of human difference and disparity. Ranging from the global to the local, Cook Center scholars not only address the overarching social problem of general inequality, but they also explore social problems associated with gender, race, ethnicity and religious affiliation.