Center for Palestine Studies


The Center for Palestine Studies (CPS) promotes the academic study of Palestine by supporting research, teaching, and intellectual collaboration among scholars within Columbia University and beyond. CPS provides an institutional home for faculty, post-doctoral researchers, and students in fields that include history, literary studies, the social sciences, religion, philosophy, law, archaeology, architecture, and the arts. CPS also builds connections with other institutions and scholars to strengthen the academic study of Palestine and Palestinians throughout the United States and the world.

Launched in 2010, the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University is the first such center in an academic institution in the United States. The creation of the Center honors the legacy of Professor Edward Said at the university where he taught for forty years. Founded in the City of New York in 1754, and currently standing as one of the premier research universities in the world, Columbia is the professional home to a concentration of distinguished scholars on Palestine, as well as to an award-winning faculty in a variety of disciplines.