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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 postdoctoral 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. Kimberly Chiew  and Michael Nalick  are the 2020-2021 faculty affiliates. Christopher Celaya was appointed as the two year Post Doctoral Fellow in 2020.


new Events:

Separate But Faithful: The Christian Right's Radical Struggle to Transform Law & Legal Culture

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm MT

Amanda Hollis-Brusky (Pomona College) and Joshua Wilson's (University of Denver) new book, "Separate But Faithful," chronicles the rise of a network of conservative Christian law schools and scholars outside the mainstream legal structure with a long term goal of controlling the federal judiciary. This book is proving prophetic and essential reading at this time in American political history. Join us for a discussion with the authors and commentary from renowned political scientists Andrew Lewis and Paul Collins.


-Authors Joshua Wilson (DU) and Amanda Hollis-Brusky (Pomona College)

-Andrew Lewis (Political Science, University of Cincinnati)

-Paul Collins (Political Science, U. Mass Amherst)

Recording can be watched here.



CAP Breakfasts chat -

Join Seth Masket, director of the Center on American Politics, every Friday from 9/18 to 11/13 9:00 am to 10:00 am MDT. Have a question about what political process or just want to learn more about the election? Hop on the Zoom Link to chat with Seth.



Watch CAP Director Seth Masket on ABC News chiming in on Colorado's successful mail-in voting, and the potential for voter suppression, by clicking here

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