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Eagleton Institute of Politics


Curricular Education Programs

The Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University offers interdisciplinary fellowships that provide select Rutgers graduate students the opportunity to further their understanding of government, public affairs, and the practice of politics, and connect the fellowship experience to their chosen fields of study.
Undergraduate Associates explore applications of political science to the practice and processes of American politics. This certificate program is open to Junior undergraduate students in any Rutgers school or discipline. Selected students will spend the second semester of their junior year and all of their senior year as Undergraduate Associates.

Centers and Major Program Areas

The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) is a university-based research, education and public service center. Its mission is to promote greater understanding and knowledge about women's changing relationship to politics and government and to enhance women's influence and leadership in public life.
The Center on the American Governor promotes research and discussion on the role of the governor in the United States. The Center's range of academic activities and public forums includes current research as well as creation of an extensive archive of video-recorded interviews and discussions on relevant topics, with particular initial emphasis on the administrations of recent governors in New Jersey.
The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling/Rutgers-Eagleton Poll manages the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, established in 1971 as one of the nation's first university-based statewide public opinion polls. The Center also undertakes other survey research in the public interest and designs opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to learn how to read, analyze, design and administer polls.
The quality of our democracy is based in large part on the education youth receive in citizenship. Through research, public service, and educational programs, YPPP is dedicated to exploring civic education at the high school level and political participation among young adults.
Programs include:
 • RU Ready™
RU Ready™'s mission is to provide young people with encouragement and practical advice to enable them to participate actively in the civic life of New Brunswick.
 • RU Voting™
RU Voting™ is a nonpartisan effort to register, educate, and mobilize Rutgers students for elections.
 • Young Elected Leaders Project
The Young Elected Leaders Project studies and works with young people who run for public office. Since the project began in 2002, Eagleton has compiled a database of young elected officials, surveyed these young leaders, convened a conference in May 2003, and issued a report entitled "Political Generation Next: America's Young Elected Leaders."
 • State House Express
As part of its efforts to promote civic education about representative democracy, the Eagleton Institute is offering small grants to teachers of social studies in middle schools and high schools throughout New Jersey.
 • Darien Civic Engagement Project
The Darien Civic Engagement Project allows students to take what they learn in the classroom about American political thought and put it into action on the Rutgers campus and in the New Brunswick community by working on Eagleton's RU Ready and RU Voting programs. The DCEP is made possible by the generous support of Steven and Susan Darien and is coordinated in partnership with the Walt Whitman Center for Culture and Politics of Democracy and under the direction of the Rutgers Learning Community program in Undergraduate Academic Affairs.
Established in 2018, the Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience (CPR) engages in education and public service focused on protecting vulnerable communities. Projects identify and disseminate best practices, offer training workshops, consult on security and civil liberties, and undertake research. CPR is housed at and affiliated with the Eagleton Institute of Politics.
Tne Eagleton Science and Politics Workshop is a collaborative initiative between Eagleton and several partners in the sciences at Rutgers University. The program enables graduate students and postdocs to explore intersections between science and politics in order to increase their understanding of how politics affects their disciplines and how they can effectively engage with political and policymaking institutions – including through careers in public service.
Recognizing that the fifty states are the laboratories of American democracy, the Eagleton Institute of Politics has long focused attention on state legislative research and service to ensure that both scholars and citizens understand the role and functioning of state government.
The Program on Immigration and Democracy is a cross-disciplinary group of immigration scholars that includes Rutgers faculty, Ph.D. students, and affiliated experts.

Special Programs

In 1980, the Rutgers Board of Governors voted to establish the Clifford P. Case Professorship of Public Affairs to recognize Senator Case's 34 years representing New Jersey in the United States Congress, during which "he consistently put principle above politics" and earned "the deserved reputation of having a profound sense of integrity."
The Arthur J. Holland Program on Ethics in Government was established by Rutgers University in 1989 under the leadership of President Edward J. Bloustein. The program honors the distinguished alumnus and long-time mayor of Trenton, a proponent and practitioner of open, responsive, and ethical government.

Albert W. Lewitt Endowed Lecture

As part of its efforts to promote civic education about representative democracy, the Eagleton Institute is offering small grants to teachers of social studies in middle schools and high schools throughout New Jersey.
The Louis J. Gambaccini Civic Engagement Series has been established through the generous support of Lou Gambaccini's family, friends and colleagues to honor his outstanding legacy in public service and his lifelong dedication to upholding the highest standards of civic responsibility.
The Lipman Chair was created to honor the legacy of the late state senator, the first African American woman in the New Jersey legislature. The Chair is intended to celebrate Senator Lipman, remind people of her achievements, and encourage others to follow in the footsteps of this path-breaking African American woman leader.