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Eagleton Institute of Politics
Eagleton Institute of Politics

About Eagleton


About the Eagleton Institute of Politics


Wood Lawn buildingThe Eagleton Institute of Politics explores state and national politics through research, education, and public service, linking the study of politics with its day-to-day practice. The Institute focuses attention on how the American political system works, how it changes, and how it might work better.

Eagleton is proud to be a respected education, research and public service unit of Rutgers-New Brunswick. For over six decades, the Institute has conducted research, educated graduate and undergraduate students, and informed 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.
Eagleton's faculty, centers and programs specialize in the study of:

Eagleton also houses the Clifford P. Case Professorship of Public Affairs, the Arthur J. Holland Program on Ethics in Government, the Louis J. Gambaccini Civic Engagement Series, the Senator Wynona Lipman Chair in Women's Political Leadership, and the Albert W. Lewitt Endowed Lecture.

For Rutgers undergraduate and graduate students, Eagleton offers a range of education programs, including an undergraduate certificate, graduate fellowships, research assistantships and internships, and opportunities to interact with political practitioners.

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. The Eagleton Institute of Politics and its Wood Lawn home are inextricable, well known across and beyond New Jersey as a place for celebrating politics and strengthening democracy.