Welcome to The Stubblefield Institute

Where Civil Engagement meets Civic Engagement

PLEASE STAY SAFE (AND CIVIL) DURING THIS WORLDWIDE PANDEMIC

All of us at the Stubblefield Institute hope you and your loved ones are safe and finding healthy ways to stay active and involved during these times of quarantine and social distancing. We also hope that whatever your politics happen to be that you are focused on civil discourse and constructive debate in your exchange of views and opinions.  This is especially important during a national crisis. We are indeed “in this together,” and it is our wish that during this time, the health of our nation comes before partisan divide. The Institute’s leadership is committed to promoting and maintaining a strong set of values among its faculty and students, its guests, its financial and programmatic partners, and all who engage in the Institute’s work.

These values include:

  • Respect for all viewpoints and perspectives
  • Argumentation based on reason and logic
  • Honesty in all presentations and discussions
  • Academic integrity in research and instruction
  • Creativity in pursuing the Institute’s mission
  • Transparency in all transaction

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The Bonnie and Bill Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communications was launched in 2019 by a generous gift from Drs. Bonnie and Bill Stubblefield to address the vital role communications play in our political culture. The Institute is keenly devoted to bringing divergent viewpoints together in constructive debate and authentic dialogue in order to foster greater civic engagement and responsibility.

Dedicated to informing the public while also educating the next generation of career political and policy communications experts, the Stubblefield Institute also believes the quality and tenor of political discussion can move beyond vitriol and accusation to reason and respect, values informing every functioning democracy since the ancient Greeks.

A non-partisan organization cooperatively founded and managed by both experienced political science scholars and successful practitioners, the Stubblefield Institute is located on the banks of the Potomac River separating Maryland and West Virginia, an area steeped in Revolutionary and Civil War history that is only 75 miles from Washington, DC.