Institute for Advanced Study
University of Minnesota

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Bianet Castellanos Professor of American Studies

Managing Director

Susannah Smith

Program Manager

Carolina Gustafson


The Institute for Advanced Study supports innovative research and creative activity across disciplines, facilitates collaboration, fosters critical engagement with issues and ideas, and builds generative relationships between the University and the larger communities locally and globally. Through its programs and community engagement, the IAS practices inclusivity and employs creativity, specialized expertise, and diverse ways of knowing to transform knowledge production and education for the 21st century. We convene critical conversations around issues of the public good in a just and equitable society to inform our research and teaching. The IAS strives to be an intellectual community and generative space for building collaboration within and beyond the University. It aims to bring people together across all the University’s and campuses, transcending disciplinary and institutional boundaries, to engage complex problems facing the state, nation, and globe.

CHCI/ACLS Partnership

The Institute for Advanced Study is a participant in the CHCI/ACLS Partnership, which connects CHCI member organizations with recipients of the ACLS Recent Doctoral Recipients fellowship program. Visit for information on this program.