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Civic Engagement and Participation

CDCE faculty research topics including voter registration, voting convenience, and voting technology with an aim to learn what reforms will increase the number of Americans that vote and contribute to American democracy....

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State, Local, and Maryland Politics

CDCE is located near Maryland’s state capital, and many faculty study Maryland state government and politics, including voter identification laws and local compliance with federal civil rights laws.

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Race and Ethnicity in Politics

Faculty study how race and ethnicity affect American politics and policy, specifically researching voter participation within specific groups, such as Latinos and African Americans. 

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Immigration Politics

CDCE faculty members study immigration politics and policy, including topics such as immigration enforcement, public opinion toward immigration, and the privatization of immigration control.


Millennial Politics

CDCE faculty research Millennials’ attitudes towards and participation in American politics. Some studies include voter turnout among college students and where college students should vote.



CDCE is also located just a few Metro stops away from downtown Washington, D.C. Many of our faculty members research congressional issues including how group dynamics affect cosponsorship, electoral pressures, and constituency...

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The Presidency

CDCE faculty members also research the presidency, including such topics as presidential power and presidential campaigning.