Center for the Study of Politics and Governance

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The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance is a preeminent hub for political and policy analysis in the Midwest. The Center generates dialogue across difference by stimulating vigorous but civil debate. We encourage leaders, students, and citizens to approach the critical issues of our time in innovative ways.

The Center uses high-quality analysis, public forums and events, and civic engagement to change the conversation from partisan and polarized to respectful and practical.

The Center convenes a wide array of public events to promote an informed and engaged citizenry. The Policy Fellows program provides emerging and mid-career professionals a renowned public affairs leadership experience. The Certificate in Election Administration is a pioneering online program to prepare professionals in election administration.

Nationally prominent political scientist Lawrence R. Jacobs directs the Center. Jacobs is McKnight Presidential Chair in Public Affairs and holds the Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies.

The Center is grateful to the following major supporters of our programs and initiatives:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota; George Family Foundation; Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota; McKnight Foundation; Rehael Fund—Roger Hale/Nor Hall Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation; Target Corp.

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2019 Policy Fellows Cohort
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In the Media

Professor Larry Jacobs was interviewed for this story on the role of U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer, a Minnesota Republican, whose main job as the House Majority Whip is to line up the votes needed by Rep. Kevin McCarthy in his bid to become House Speaker.  

January 6, 2023

In this story, Research Fellow Eric Ostermeier provided an interesting tidbit about former President George H.W. Bush and his obsession with mentioning broccoli in many of his speeches—about 70 times during his presidency. "He absolutely hated [broccoli], and the media loved that he hated it."

Mental Floss
January 6, 2023