Research Centers and Collaborations
Interdisciplinary research collaborations bring together HSS faculty and students in the humanities with peers and scholars from around the world.
The Einstein Papers Project—a collaborative effort involving an international group of more than a dozen scholars—aims to collect and publish the entire body of Albert Einstein's writings, and will ultimately generate some 30 volumes containing Einstein's scientific and nonscientific articles, manuscripts, correspondence, lectures, travel diaries, and more.
Offered biennially, the Francis Bacon Prize is awarded to an outstanding scholar whose work continues to have a substantial impact on the history or philosophy of science or technology. The recipient is invited to spend an academic term at Caltech to teach and organize a conference that brings together the best of both young and established scholars who share and study the Bacon Visiting Professor's specific interests.
Collaborations with The Huntington
The close relationship between Caltech and what is now the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens dates back nearly a century to when Caltech's George Ellery Hale urged railroad tycoon Henry Huntington to turn his collection of rare books and paintings into a research center. The Huntington and Caltech, with less than a mile between their campuses, continue to collaborate in countless ways. In HSS, that collaboration takes the form of three established programs and many direct connections between individual faculty and scholars.
HSS and The Huntington have partnered to bring interdisciplinary research to the humanities through the Caltech-Huntington Humanities Collaborations (CHHC). The CHHC program is organized around an ongoing series of ambitious and targeted interdisciplinary research projects–or thematic research "modules"–developed and coordinated by a small group of Caltech faculty members and Huntington residential research fellows. The modules run for two years, linking workshops, conferences, visiting faculty, and fellowship and postdoctoral appointments across both institutions. Learn more about the CHHC program here.
Each year, Caltech and The Huntington coordinate on this visiting professorship that is awarded to a distinguished historian whose interests lie in the history of science and technology, among other fields of history. The Searle Professor contributes to The Huntington community by utilizing its archive and interacting with scholars there, as well as to the Caltech community by teaching an undergraduate course and working alongside HSS faculty.