Center for the Study of Politics and Governance


The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance (CSPG) changes the conversation by stimulating vigorous but civil debate, encouraging leaders to work together on innovative approaches to the critical problems of our time. By changing the conversation from partisan and polarized to respectful and practical, we build bridges that have a meaningful impact on our communities. CSPG brings together three critical components of public governance today: objective high quality analysis, publicly visible forums, and civic engagement.

The Center convenes a wide array of public events and programs to promote an informed and engaged citizenry. Each year, CSPG hosts events with guest speakers from around the country on a wide range of topics including election and political analysis, governance processes, leadership in public affairs, and policy issues such as health care or national security.

Nationally prominent political scientist Lawrence R. Jacobs directs the Center. Jacobs holds the Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies. Mr. Mondale, the 42nd Vice President of the United States, remains actively involved in the center's teaching and public events.

CSPG is grateful to the following supporters of our programs and initiatives:
Target Corp., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, George Family Foundation, Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota, Scholars Strategy Network, Medtronic, Roger Hale, Laura Bishop & Chuck Weber

Center for the Study of Politics and Governance

Humphrey School of Public Affairs
130 Humphrey School
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

(612) 625-5340