The BMW Center’s research mission is to foster creative scholarship through research and travel support as well as the hosting of academic conferences and symposia. The philosophy is expressly “bottom-up” – that is, the research agenda of the BMW Center is the sum total of the individual and collective endeavors of the faculty, who are the ones best positioned to identify and explore important fields of scholarly inquiry. In addition, the BMW Center performs an important service for the broader community of scholars specializing in German studies by hosting the interdisciplinary journal German Politics and Society.