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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.


You're Invited:

Please join the Center on American Politics for a presentation by Professor Julia Macdonald (Korbel School of International Studies) on her recent research on unmanned weaponry.

  Over the past 20 years, unmanned weapons have become an increasingly prevalent feature on the modern battlefield, and yet we know little about the implications of these new technologies for the future conduct of war. Dr. Macdonald's work examines the rise of one particular unmanned technology - unmanned aerial vehicles - to understand how these new platforms are understood by the public and policymakers in decisions to wage war. Through the use of survey experiments and interviews, this ongoing research project reveals tensions between US public and military preferences for unmanned uses of force, with important implications for how unmanned and increasingly autonomous systems might be used in the future.

We look forward to seeing you there!

RSVP here.

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