The Pell Center conducts and popularizes research across a broad sweep of domestic and international issues. Projects at the Pell Center are not intended to stay in the academy; rather they are, to borrow from Pell's credo, to generate ideas that can be translated into action to help people.

Cyber Leadership

As the world continues to become more dependent on information technology, companies and organizations, as well as the general public, have also become more susceptible to cyber threats. Many industries have experienced cyber attacks, including retail (Target and Home Depot), media and entertainment (Sony and Snapchat) and technology (Google and AT&T), not to mention the breaches of U.S. government networks.

The Pell Center conducts ongoing research in cybersecurity, partners with faculty members on campus, and works with leaders across Rhode Island and around the world to prepare the next generation of cyber leaders. Students are encouraged to attend the Pell Center's cybersecurity events and engage with Pell Center fellows who specialize in this defining feature of modern life.

Story in the Public Square

Storytelling is an ancient, yet underappreciated, element of public life. Although the mediums of storytelling continue to evolve, stories are still used as tools to help people communicate and connect to each other. A partnership between The Providence Journal and the Pell Center, Story in the Public Square is an initiative to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

Through scholarship, events and a television series, the Pell Center explores the role of storytelling in public life. As part of this initiative, each spring semester the Pell Center partners with Mosaic, Salve Regina's student newspaper, to bring a talented storyteller to campus. Past speakers include Pulitzer Prize winners Isabel Wilkerson, author of "The Warmth of Other Suns," and Sonia Nazario, author of "Enrique's Journey.

International Relations

The world today is a study in global contradictions. More people live in freedom than at any time in modern history, yet creeping authoritarianism threatens societies across the planet. Economic prosperity is up and famine is down, but conflicts over resources are all too real. Global challenges abound, but global institutions have too frequently failed to rise to the challenge. Research and events at the Pell Center are designed to seek a new path by studying not just what drives us apart, but what draws us together and what we all can learn from our shared humanity.

Public Policy

The public policy issues facing the United States are countless. Building off the strengths of a distinguished faculty at Salve Regina, the Pell Center conducts research and supports projects intended to have an immediate and enduring impact to benefit the American people through sound analysis, better governance and greater awareness.