Welcome to The Stubblefield Institute

Where Civil Engagement meets Civic Engagement


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.