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NRHP Reference #  78001772
Designated NJRHP  April 15, 1977
Phone  +1 848-932-9384
Added to NRHP  8 March 1978
NJRHP #  1883
Area  32 ha
Architectural style  Neoclassical architecture
Eagleton Institute of Politics
Location  Clifton Avenue Cook/Douglass Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Address  191 Ryders Ln, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA
Hours  Open today · 9AM–5PMThursday9AM–5PMFriday9AM–5PMSaturdayClosedSundayClosedMonday9AM–5PMTuesday9AM–5PMWednesday9AM–5PM
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The Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University was established in 1956 with an endowment from Florence Peshine Eagleton (1870–1953), and it focuses on state and national politics through education and public service.


The Institute is located at the Cook-Douglass Campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey and is housed at Wood Lawn, which listed is the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and National Register of Historic Places.

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Florence Peshine Eagleton was a suffragist and a founder of the New Jersey League of Women Voters who advocated women's higher education. She was one of the first women to serve as a Trustee of Rutgers University. She willed more than $1,000,000 to establish the Wells Phillips Eagleton and Florence Peshine Eagleton Foundation, which became the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. Eagleton directed that her support be applied:

... for the advancement of learning in the field of practical political affairs and government [so] that a knowledge of the meaning of democracy may be increased through the education of young women and men in democratic government. ... It is my settled conviction that the cultivation of civic responsibility and leadership among the American people in the field of practical political affairs is of vital and increasing importance to our state and nation ... I make this gift especially for the development of and education for responsible leadership in civic and governmental affairs and the solution of their political problems.

Centers and program

The Eagleton Institute of Politics has several centers and programs:

  • The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) aims to promote greater knowledge and understanding about women's participation in politics and government and to enhance women's influence and leadership in public life.
  • The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, established in 1971, performs university-based public interest polling.
  • The Center on the American Governor seeks to promote research and discussion on the role of the governor in the United States. The Center is building an extensive virtual archive and plans to sponsor a range of academic activities and public forums on topics and issues relating to the office of governor across the country as well as the administrations of selected holders of the office in New Jersey and other states.
  • The Program on Immigration and Democracy leverages the resources of a major public research institution to explore the challenges and opportunities stemming from immigration—across New Jersey, the nation and the world.
  • The Youth Political Participation Program (YPPP), through research, public service, and educational programs, is dedicated to exploring civic education at the high school level and political participation among young adults. YPPP initiatives include RU Ready RU Voting, State House Express, the Young Elected Leaders Project, and the Darien Civic Engagement Project
  • Other programs and initiatives include:

  • Clifford P. Case Professorship of Public Affairs — established by the university's board of governors in 1980 and named in honor of Clifford P. Case, longtime U.S. senator from New Jersey. The holder of the professional typically visits one of Rutgers' three campuses for a few days each year. Past holders have included George J. Mitchell, Olympia Snowe, Lee H. Hamilton, Chuck Hagel, J. William Fulbright, and Gerald R. Ford.
  • Electronic Government Project - compiles a list of research findings and best practices for government publication of data through technology
  • Arthur J. Holland Program on Ethics in Government — established in 1989 and named after Arthur John Holland, longtime mayor of Trenton. The program organizes an annual lecture at the university as well as workshop at the New Jersey League of Municipalities' Atlantic City conference. The program also awards a stipend "to support a student undertaking a project designed to promote ethics in government."
  • New Jersey Project — established in 1995, the project aims "to increase awareness and understanding of New Jersey politics." The project has organized seminars on the implementation of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) in the state. Through the project, the Eagleton Institute also publishes NJVoterInfo.org, "a non-profit, non-partisan website about elections and public affairs issues affecting New Jersey."
  • Initiative on Climate and Social Policy (CSP)
  • State Politics and Government activities - supported by the Alan Rosenthal Fund for the Study of State Government and Politics
  • Eagleton Staff

  • Ruth B. Mandel- Director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Board of Governors Professor of Politics, and Senior Scholar at CAWP
  • John Weingart- Associate Director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics and author of Waste is a Terrible Thing to Mind
  • Debbie Walsh - Director, Center for American Women and Politics
  • David Redlawsk - Director, Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling
  • Michael Soga- Coordinator, Building Services
  • Gerald Pomper- Board of Governors Professor of Political Science (Emeritus)
  • References

    Eagleton Institute of Politics Wikipedia

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