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The Center for the Political Future (CPF) combines rigorous intellectual inquiry, teaching, and practical politics to advance civil dialogue and research that transcends partisan divisions and finds solutions to pressing national and global challenges. Our events, programs, scholarships, and internships inspire and train students for careers in public service and lifetimes of civic engagement.

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Fall 2020 Fellows Courses

Apply today for our Fall 2020 Fellows courses with U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, California State Treasurer John Chiang, and U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters.


Election R&D Podcast

From the primary debates to post-election, tune into our analysis with top political operatives of the driving forces that led to victory and defeat.


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Network with and learn from exemplary leaders and experts in politics and policy.

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Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics

The Unruh Institute is dedicated to bridging the academic study of politics with practical experience in the field.

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Browse upcoming events at the Center for Political Future and Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. For a full calendar of our events, please visit the Events Page.

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A Message to the CPF Community

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Announcing the "Election R&D Dialogues" Virtual Series

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Fox 11 Los Angeles - The Issue Is: The battle of reopening California

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The Center is led by two of the nation’s most respected political experts.

Longtime friends, despite political differences, Robert Shrum and Michael Murphy are working together to co-direct the Center.

About Our Team

Robert Shrum

Robert Shrum has a storied career as an author and campaign adviser to Democratic candidates.

michael murphy

Michael Murphy is one of the Republican Party’s most successful political consultants.


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