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Eagleton Institute of Politics
Eagleton Institute of Politics

About Eagleton

__________     "Because Politics Matters"     __________

Mission Statement

The 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's faculty, centers and programs specialize in the study of:
Florence Peshine Eagleton, a suffragist and founder of New Jersey's League of Women Voters, made the bequest that established the Institute in 1956.
Florence Peshine Eagleton It is my settled conviction that the cultivation of civic responsibility and leadership among the American people in the field of practical political affairs is of vital and increasing importance to our state and nation .... I make this gift especially for the development of and education for responsible leadership in civic and governmental affairs and the solution of their political problems.   
Florence Peshine Eagleton

The Institute includes the Center for American Women and Politics, the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, and the Center on the American Governor. 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.

The Institute convenes conferences and other forums for the general public. In addition, Eagleton undertakes projects to enhance political understanding and involvement, often in collaboration with political leaders, government agencies, the media, non-profit groups, and other academic institutions.