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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.


Recent News:

Please join the Center on American Politics in congratulating Pavielle Haines!

The Center on American Politics' Post Doctoral Research Associate, Pavielle Haines, has won the Best Dissertation Award from the American Political Science Association's Political Psychology Section.  To learn about her work, A Vote for Me Is a Vote for America: Patriotic Appeals in Presidential Elections, please find a list of Pavielle Haines recent works here


Pavielle Haines received her Ph.D. in Politics at Princeton University in 2018. Her work focuses on identity politics, racial politics, political psychology and behavior, public opinion, electoral politics, and experimental and survey methods. Her dissertation examined the effects of patriotism and American national identity on electoral attitudes and behaviors. 


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