At CESR, we break down borders.

We focus unsparing attention on economic and health disparities, social inequality, the needs of children, families and older Americans. Our research explores the impact of social services and public policy, shifting population trends and their implications, and how human behavior — our attitudes, actions, and ability to make decisions — affects our well-being now and as we age.

We do this work by drawing thinkers, researchers, colleagues and collaborators from a wide range of fields and global perspectives. We strive to create a research environment that is equal parts inspiring and thought-provoking. Only by crossing disciplines can we truly deepen the understanding of human behavior.

CESR is a center within the USC Dana and David Dornsife School of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Our research taps into the breadth and depth of disciplines at USC, even as we contribute to its stellar reputation as a powerhouse research university. Learn more from our brochure.

Or stop by!  CESR has offices in Los Angeles, CA, and Washington, D.C.

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Office
635 Downey Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089-3332


CESR West is located at Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall (VPD) on the University Park Campus of the University of Southern California, just south of Downtown Los Angeles. Our building sits nearest the Pardee Way Entrance at Exposition Blvd. and Figueroa St. You can reach us by using the Metro E Line (Expo Park/USC or Jefferson/USC stations). CESR’s research teams span floors 3, 4, and 5, but visitors and guests can check in at suite 305.

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Phone: 213.821.1850

Washington, DC

Washington, D.C. Office
1771 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20036



CESR East is located at the USC Capital Campus (WDC) in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C.

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