The Center for the Study of Guns & 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