The Center for the Study of Guns and Society engages students in coursework and research across multiple academic disciplines on topics related to guns and society.


How is America’s gun culture shaped by its history?
Join us for a free lunch series for Wesleyan students intrigued by this question.

Free lunch at Horgan House (350 High St, behind Russell House)
Fridays, 12pm – 1:15pm. Click here to RSVP.

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Through CSGS, Wesleyan University has offered some of the first undergraduate courses in the country dedicated to this topic, using innovative cross-disciplinary approaches that combine fields such as history, government, religion, and theater. Examples of courses offered through the Center include “God & Guns: The History of Faith and Firearms in America” and “War and Society.”


In April 2023, CSGS convened it first annual Undergraduate Research Conference on “Historical and Current Perspectives on Guns & Society,” which brought together dozens of undergraduate students, faculty, and staff from Wesleyan and Trinity and Amherst Colleges. Presentations covered a range of research topics in guns and society related to history, religion, literature, visual arts and material culture, public health and medicine, museums/public history/memorialization, film and media, and more. See photos from the event.


CSGS provides a range of meaningful opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in research. Read about some of these projects:

Public Humanities

  • Carceral Connecticut
    The Carceral Connecticut Project (CCP) is an interdisciplinary, humanistic exploration of how Connecticut remembers and denies its past, funded by a generous three-year, $1 million grant from the Mellon Foundation. Through research, curricula, and collaborations with historical and cultural organizations in the Connecticut River Valley, the project seeks to fill… Read more: Carceral Connecticut
  • Coltsville Historic Park
    Undergraduates from Wesleyan, Brown, and RISD are working in collaboration with the National Park Service’s Coltsville Historic Park in Hartford, CT on a cross-disciplinary research and design project that will result in exhibits about New England’s hidden gun history. Coltsville is an important historical site in rough condition, with a… Read more: Coltsville Historic Park