College of Arts and Sciences



Dr. Mary Qiao loads a bulk metallic glass sample into the differential scanning calorimeter

Global Advances in Research

The College of Arts and Sciences contributes to creative innovations and  technological advancements that fuel the economic growth of Washington state and the nation.

CAS faculty experts engage in a wide range of endeavors, from improving health care and making nutritional advances to solving environmental problems and bolstering national security, and from creating just and sustainable societies to improving cultural understanding and international relations and developing new materials and industries worldwide.

A Sample of Research Projects Currently Under Way

Shining a light on campaign ads

Political scientist Travis Ridout is working to increase the transparency of the electoral process through the Wesleyan Media Project, a nonpartisan initiative to comprehensively track and analyze political ads run by candidates, parties, and special interest groups.

Critical radiochemistry research and training funded by DOE

The number of graduate students in the WSU radiochemistry group has increased more than sevenfold in just 10 short years. Read more about the program, the professors, and the latest $2 million in DOE grants.

Seeking new drug therapies for alcoholism

Alcohol-induced depression and anxiety can persist long after a person has ceased drinking, and many alcoholics eventually seek relief from these symptoms by resuming the habit. Psychologist Brendan Walker's research focuses on dynorphin as a factor in this vicious cycle and as a potential target for the development of new pharmacotherapies to treat alcohol dependence.

Managing Nemo

Brian Tissot's research on aquarium species and reef recovery is the cover story in the summer issue of Washington State Magazine.

Discovering how complex societies developed

Archaeologist Colin Grier hopes to explain how and why the Coast Salish transitioned from a nomadic life of hunting and gathering to form a complex society of permanent communities where jobs became specialized and a social class system emerged.

Toxicants linked to ovarian disease across generations

Where most genetic work looks at genes as the ultimate arbiters of inheritance, Professor Michael Skinner's lab has repeatedly shown the impact of environmental epigenetics on how those genes are regulated. The field is changing how one might look at toxicology, public health, and biology in general.

Writing the cultural history of wilderness

English professor Debbie Lee seeks to increase understanding of the relationship between wilderness and human history in America. Her research will provide a cultural history of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.

Exploring the past with Berry Family CLA Faculty Excellence award

Funded by a $25,000 Berry Family CLA Faculty Excellence Fellows award, Brian Kemp's research in Mexico City aims to reconstruct a puzzle of Native American prehistory that dates back 2,000 years.

Faculty Research

For more information about individual faculty members' research and teaching interests, see the department websites.

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