Faculty Research and Student Learning

The Stubblefield Institute is working closely with faculty and students from the departments of Political Science and Global Affairs and Communications to develop, implement and expand the highest quality curricular application of civil political communications. Our current focus is the creation of an undergraduate degree in Political Communications, faculty research opportunities and programs for student engagement, internships and scholarships. Our goals for each of these categories are detailed below.


Faculty Research

  • Provide robust, extensive faculty research opportunities connected to the study of national and international political civility and its impact on policy making, voting behavior and decision-making
  • Publish annually a research report measuring the current state of political polarization and the role of communications in both unifying and dividing the nation

Student Learning and Career Opportunities

  • Create a new undergraduate degree in Political Communications, to be one of only six such degrees offered in the nation
  • A seminar curriculum to educate and train a new generation of political and policy communications professionals with a guest lecturer/visiting fellows series entitled “Political Practitioners in the Classroom,” where policy and political practitioners are invited to the Institute to lecture and engage with students
  • Offer student internship placement and scholarships to students interested in pursuing communications positions within advocacy organizations, congressional offices and campaigns
  • Creation of the Stubblefield Institute Student Advisory Council to assist with speaker and event ideas, internships and overall Institute affairs
  • Creation of the Stubblefield Institute Academy of Leadership and Civility to expose local high school juniors and seniors to the opportunities of Shepherd and our new Political Communication Major and concentration.