Research Centers

Improving our campus and community through service, innovation and scholarship

The College of Charleston is proud to be a catalyst for innovation, economic development and cultural understanding in the region.

Research Centers

HSS provides support and resources for three dynamic research centers.
  • Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Center for Livable Communities

    The Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Center for Livable Communities focuses on sustaining the legacy of nationally esteemed former Charleston mayor Joe Riley through projects that develop and maintain livable communities in urban, suburban, and rural contexts. The Center carries out its mission by connecting community needs with faculty and student research interests, facilitating and administering grants, and providing expertise and assistance to public and nonprofit organizations.

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  • Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston

    Through scholarly research and public programming, the Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston (CSSC) examines the impact of slavery and race-related issues in the City of Charleston, at the College of Charleston, and in the surrounding region from the late 18th century through the civil rights era as well as the continued impact and legacy of slavery in the present.

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  • Center for Social Science Research

    The Center for Social Science Research provides spaces specifically designed to facilitate collaborative research and research-training among faculty and students within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

    To reserve space in the CSSR for a specific day and time, please email

    If you do not already have Cougar Card swipe access to the spaces in CSSR, please email Ali Bruce at