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Eagleton Institute of Politics
Eagleton Institute of Politics

About Eagleton

Message from the Director

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Ruth B. Mandel
Director, Eagleton Institute of Politics
Board of Governors Professor of Politics
bio available here


Welcome to the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. I hope you will use this virtual visit to learn about Eagleton's longstanding commitment to studying American politics and government and to educating many audiences about political processes and civic participation in the U.S.

Eagleton is proud to be a respected education, research and public service unit of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey on the University's New Brunswick campus. For over a half century, the Institute has been conducting research, educating graduate and undergraduate students, and informing policymakers and the public. We develop new knowledge and understanding of emerging topics and themes in American politics and government in order to encourage more responsive, effective and ethical leadership.

Among the topics our faculty and staff currently explore are:
youth political participation
ethics and openness in government
• voting behavior
political parties, campaigns and
immigration and democracy
public opinion polling and survey
state government and politics
women's political participation

The Institute is home to two specialized research centers: the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) and the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP).

Florence Peshine Eagleton, a suffragist and founder of New Jersey's League of Women Voters, made the bequest that established the Institute in 1956. Today, Eagleton faculty and staff work closely with political practitioners and scholars from around the state and across the nation to accomplish Florence Eagleton's ambitious goal: "the development of and education for responsible leadership in civic and governmental affairs and the solution of their political problems."

The Institute is located in Wood Lawn, a gracious nineteenth-century mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and its Carriage House. We enjoy a comfortable setting for classes, public programs, study, and informal gatherings.

After you've checked out our web site, consider an in-person visit. Perhaps you'll want to attend one of our public programs, or you may want to spend time with us for graduate or undergraduate study. We look forward to welcoming all who share our interest in the people, processes and institutions that constitute American democracy.

Ruth B. Mandel
Ruth B. Mandel