Affiliated Groups

  • AFROBAROMETER

    Afrobarometer

    Afrobarometer is a pan-African, non-partisan research network that conducts public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, economic conditions, and related issues in more than 35 countries in Africa. Through our findings, ordinary citizens can have a voice in policy-making processes that affect their lives.

    We are the world’s leading research project on issues that affect ordinary African men and women. We collect and publish high-quality, reliable statistical data on Africa which is freely available to the public.

    We are proud of what we have achieved so far and our goal is to have Afrobarometer surveys in all African countries.

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  • BLANCHARD FORUM

    The goal of the Blanchard forum is to provide generations of students, faculty and the MSU community with the opportunity to see, hear, and learn from national and international leaders, diplomats and writers.

    President Bill Clinton, the first recipient of the Spartan Statesmanship Award for Distinguished Public Service, was the keynote speaker at the Governor Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum on November 18, 2015 at Michigan State University. The award and forum, announced in September. 2015, were established through a generous gift to MSU from Jim and Janet Blanchard. “We were honored that President Clinton agreed to be our first awardee, Blanchard said. “His public service in government, followed by his excellent work through the Clinton Foundation, is exactly the type of dedication and inspiring story we hope to bring through our forum. And the students loved it.” 

    For more information on the Forum, visit the website at 

    https://socialscience.msu.edu/alumni/blanchard-forum.html

  • ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND PUBLIC POLICY

    Environmental Science and Public Policy

    ESPP was established in 2003 in order to:

    • Build graduate education programs that are innovative, interdisciplinary and campus wide;
    • Facilitate interdisciplinary environmental research at MSU and, in particular, link MSU research with national and global research priorities; and
    • Make MSU’s areas of excellence better connected with and more visible in national and global efforts.
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  • GLOBAL URBAN STUDIES

    Global Urban Studies

    Cities must deal with the aftermath both psychological and infrastructural, and must implement and often pay for policies to mitigate such situations in the future either through better disaster planning, more effective public safety, increased service provision, and through cooperative arrangements between public, private and nonprofit entities.

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  • IPPSR

    IPPSR

    The Institute for Public Policy and Social Research applies research to pressing public policy issues and builds problem-solving relationships between the academic and policymaker communities.

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  • LEFRAK FORUM

    LeFrak Forum

    Founded in 1989 in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University, the Symposium on Science, Reason, and Modern Democracy and the LeFrak Forum are centers for research and debate on the theory and practice of modern democracy.

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  • MINORITY POLITICS
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE DATA ANALYTICS

    Social Science Data Analytics

    The Social Science Data Analytics (SSDA) initiative is a college-level program that facilitates research and training harnessing computational advances to better understand dynamic multi-scale social problems. SSDA serves as a forum to connect researchers interested in applying Bayesian data analysis, causal inference, machine learning, dynamic interactive visualization or other computationally-intensive tools to social science relevant Big Data. The initiatives goal is to highlight and build on MSU’s strengths in analytics, as well as inspire innovations across the social sciences. More information can be found at ssda.msu.edu.

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  • WORKSHOP ON CONFLICT

    Workshop on Conflict

    Workshop on Conflict (WoC) provides an opportunity for faculty and graduate students at Michigan State University to exchange ideas about academic research on global conflict and cooperation.  Both MSU faculty and graduate students are invited to present their works-in-progress at the workshop.  Several times a year, faculty from other universitites also visit the Department of Political Science to prsent their research.  The workshop aims to meet twice monthly.

    To find out more information about the WoC schedule or to request a date to present your work, please contact Professor Jakana Thomas or Professor Benjamin Appel.

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