Research at the Fiske Center is a multi-dimensional activity that takes full advantage of the geographical, methodological and theoretical expertise of its staff. Each staff member brings a set of skills that expands the interpretive breadth of Center projects. The conceptualization, design and implementation of most projects is developed through a consensus that builds upon the varied experience of the staff. Although each project is unique, the overall goal of the research carried out by the Center is to contribute to a better understanding of the manner in which the large-scale historical processes of colonization, urbanization and industrialization have contributed to the formation of the world we know today. Much of the Center's collaborative research has a distinctly public focus that involves working with Federal and State agencies, local governments, Tribal Nations and private institutions devoted to the stewardship of cultural properties.