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University of Denver

Center on American Politics

American politics has quite possibly never been so relevant to people's lives as it is today, and it has never been so important that people understand the changing norms and customs of the political system.

The Center on American Politics is designed to facilitate scholarship on American Politics across many different departments and divisions across campuses and to promote discussion of current political issues for the benefit of students and the larger campus community. The Center seeks to fulfill specific goals of the University's strategic plan - DU IMPACT 2025 - by enhancing interdisciplinary scholarship and engagement with the broader community.

The Center will:

  • Enhance the quality, quantity, distribution, and application of rigorous, creative work by its scholars while promoting student engagement in American politics;
  • Foster education through scholarly and community programming; and 
  • Provide easy access and support for policy makers, media and organizations in the Rocky Mountain region

Seth Masket was appointed Director of the Center on July 1, 2017. Julia Macdonald and David Coppini are the 2018-2019 faculty affiliates.  Pavielle Haines was appointed as the two year Post Doctoral Fellow in 2018.


University of Denver to Host Colorado Gubernatorial Debates
Democratic and Republican debates to be moderated by Denver7 and The Denver Post

DENVER—June 7, 2018—The University of Denver's Center on American Politics will host two Colorado gubernatorial debates ahead of the June 26 primary election. The debates will be moderated by Anne Trujillo from Denver7 and John Frank from The Denver Post.

The Democratic debate will take place on Monday, June 18 and will include former State Senator Mike Johnston, former State Treasurer Cary Kennedy, Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne and U.S. Representative Jared Polis.

The Republican debate will take place on Tuesday, June 19 and will include former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez, former State Representative Victor Mitchell, businessman Doug Robinson and Colorado State Treasurer Walker Stapleton.

Both debates will take place in Davis Auditorium in Sturm Hall from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The entirety of the debate will be streamed online by the University of Denver, and the Additionally, the first 60 minutes of the debate will air live on Denver7.

DU's Center on American Politics is led by Director Seth Masket. It was established last summer to help interpret the changing standards of the nation's political system. The center has also helped promote more interaction between the DU community and those who are involved in the political system.

"These debates are a great opportunity for those on campus and in our Denver community to see the candidates vying to become our next governor," Masket says. "This collaboration with Denver7 and The Denver Post is allowing us to bring together the candidates from the two parties to hear what each stands for before voters cast their ballots."

The gubernatorial debate will be divided into three categories of questions: candidate-specific questions, yes-or-no questions and questions from the public. Each candidate will get 60 seconds to respond to questions directed at them and they will get 30 seconds to respond to claims made by an opponent against them. 

The entirety of the debates will be streamed online by the University of Denver, and the Additionally, the first 60 minutes of the debate will air live on Denver7.


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