Douglas S. Harlan Program in State Elections, Campaigns, and Politics

The goal of the Harlan program is to provide resources and easy-to-access information on state politics and policymaking. The program consists of several components: a website serving as a resource to those interested in state politics; a repository of data collected by political scientists and practitioners studying state politics; an archive collection donated to the program by Douglas Harlan; and outreach to and training of newly elected local and state officials. The archive contains campaign materials for state offices and other state documents on state institutions and laws.

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Hobby Center for the Study of Texas

The Hobby Center for the Study of Texas is an independent and objective source for the completion of research and education projects and programs focused on major issues impacting Texas and the Nation both now and in the future. The center seeks to advance understanding of the causes and consequences of demographic, economic, geographic, social, and environmental conditions impacting the current conditions in, and future of, Texas and other areas in the Nation.


Kinder Institute for Urban Research

The mission of the Kinder Institute is to advance understanding of the most critical issues facing Houston and other leading urban centers. The institute conducts scientific research, supports educational programs, and engages in public outreach with the goal of stimulating informed decision-making and fostering the development of more humane and sustainable cities.The Kinder Houston Area Survey and Houston Education Research Consortium are housed in the institute.


Social Sciences Research Institute

The Social Sciences Research Institute is a research funding entity for Rice social sciences faculty and graduate students. It provides seed funds and other awards to promote cutting-edge research in the social sciences. "Thinking New and Thinking Big" is the Institute's mission. The Religion and Public Life Program is housed in the institute.


Shell Center for Sustainability

The Shell Center creates an interdisciplinary program of research, outreach and education to address actions that can be taken to ensure the sustainable development of living standards, interpreted broadly, to encompass all factors affecting the quality of life including environmental resources.  It supports the efforts of Rice University's faculty, staff and students to better our planet's economy, society and environment.