The College of Arts and Letters prides itself on the caliber of its faculty, all of whom excel both in the classroom and their respective areas of research.  Our faculty are actively engaged in research that reflects the virtues of the traditional humanities in the midst of technological innovation. Please visit the faculty biographies for a more detailed account of individual research interests and professional pursuits.

What is Research in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts?

  • Our research usually takes place in libraries, archives, conversation, and contemplation. For the most part, our research involves the articulation of qualitative judgments: arguments based on evidence.
  • Professionally, our goal is the same as academic research in the engineering and sciences: an end product (typically a book, book chapter, or journal article) characterized by rigor, novelty, and creativity that makes a significant contribution to one’s discipline and field of specialization.

Examples of CAL Faculty research fields:

  • Philosophy of Physical and Life Sciences 
  • History and Sociology of Science and Technology 
  • Technology, the Arts, and Music


Center for Science Writings
Stevens Institute of Technology created the Center for Science Writings in 2005 to draw attention to writings, from books to blogs, that shape public perceptions of science. Science journalist John Horgan serves as the Director of the Center. The Center sponsors free public events at which prominent writers including journalists, scientists, engineers, philosophers and other scholars visit Stevens to discuss science-related issues.

Center for Technology, Policy, and Ethics
The Center for Technology, Policy, and Ethics (CTPE) is an interdisciplinary center sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters at Stevens and supported by its other schools with the aim of promoting research, education, and intra-university dialogue in different fields of applied ethics and policy.

The Sound Synthesis Research Center
The Sound Synthesis Research Center exists to study, explore, and develop electronic music through the lens of science and technology. The center is used by students, faculty, visiting artists, and lecturers to focus on the artistic cultivation, academic advancement, and research and development of electronic music.