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:
- state government and politics
- public opinion polling and survey research
- women's political participation
- minority and immigrant political behavior
- campaigns, elections and political parties
- science and politics - policy and career intersections
- civic education and political engagement;
- young elected leaders and youth political participation
- New Jersey politics.
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.
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.