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University of Denver

Center on American Politics

American politics is more relevant to people's lives than ever before, and it has never been so important that people understand the changing norms and customs of the political system. The Center on American Politics supports deep community engagement and interdisciplinary research on crucial issues in American politics.

The mission of the Center on American Politics is to convene policymakers, political observers, and scholars to analyze and discuss important issues of our day in an informed, open, and nonpartisan manner.

The Center is chiefly focused on the two institutions most central to the integrity and responsiveness of American politics – elections and political parties. The Center assembles public conversations to provide voters, politicians, and the broad community with insights about electoral campaigns and party practices, synthesizing the practical experience of activists, consultants, journalists, and elected officials with the historical and systematic perspectives of a multidisciplinary range of scholars.

Civic Dialogues

As norms and institutions are evolving, it is important that the Center provides opportunities to engage the DU and greater community in conversations that enhance the understanding of America's political system. Examples of events:
» State gubernatorial debates
» Discussions with elected officials
» Panels on issues affecting local and national voters

Interdisciplinary Research

The Center on American Politics fosters research on issues of contemporary concern in American politics, including representation, democratic engagement, electoral behavior, and the health of governing institutions. Examples of postdotoral and scholarly research include:
» Examination of the effects of patriotic campaign appeals
» Studies on campaign narratives and identity politics
» Surveys assessing voter attitudes on media and military actions

Seth Masket was appointed Director of the Center on July 1, 2017. Laurel Eckhouse  and Trent Steidley  are the 2019-2020 faculty affiliates. Pavielle Haines was appointed as the two year Post Doctoral Fellow in 2018.


Upcoming Event:

Drones and the Conduct of War: Public Attitudes towards Unmanned Weaponry

Oct. 15, 2019 at 12pm-1:15pm

Sturm College of Law | Ricketson Law Building | Room 412
2255 E Evans Ave | Denver, CO 80226

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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