Advancing a politics where we respect each other

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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The Dis-United States of America: Tribalism in American Politics

This conference will explore how polarization is driving Americans into competing and antagonistic tribes.

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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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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.

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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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