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Areas of Research

Dietrich College research is eclectic and interdisciplinary, yet shares one common quality: excellence in applied research. Below is a sample of areas that Dietrich College faculty excel in. Browse our research centers and news section to learn more.


cmu behavioral economics research truckBehavioral Economics
Dietrich College behavioral economists the world’s most complicated problems using a distinct fusion of economics and psychology. They work to understand why we eat unhealthy food, pay women less than men, avoid — or choose not to believe — certain information and much more. They design and test multifaceted interventions to change the way we make decisions, alter the way organizations operate and influence how policies are implemented. And it works.



brain-and-mindBrain and Mind
For more than 50 years, Dietrich College researchers have been working to achieve historic breakthroughs in psychology and computational neuroscience to tackle multifaceted problems, such as how we learn – and how it can be improved - and disorders like autism and dyslexia.  Dietrich College faculty have consistently demonstrated a willingness to break down disciplinary barriers, reaching across schools, colleges, departments and centers to work together to solve real-world problems.



human-rights-scienceHuman Rights Science
Dietrich College historians, philosophers, statisticians and policy experts are working together to assess and improve the state of human rights around the world.  The three main focal areas are civilian casualty recording and estimation in times of conflict; post-conflict and post-disaster DNA identification; and human rights documentation and data analysis.



international-relationsInternational Relations and Politics
Undergraduates, graduate students and faculty apply scientific findings and reasoning to problems in the political sphere with a distinct CMU advantage - to investigate issues, be they functional or specific to a country or region, through interdisciplinary research that combines fields such as social science and engineering in the same study.