About CCPS

American University's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (CCPS) serves scholars, students, policymakers and the public by propelling actionable research, providing public education and promoting a more reasonable democratic square. Since 1979, CCPS's faculty, research fellows, executives-in-residence and students have completed hundreds of research projects, which have been broadly disseminated as books, scientific research articles, popular press articles, video documentaries and audio stories. Many of these projects have enjoyed external support, totaling over $50 million. CCPS also publishes Congress and the Presidency, administers the Campaign Management Institute and the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute, and has hosted over 350 public symposia and conferences that bring together policymakers, politicos, researchers, journalists, and other public intellectuals to contemplate pressing political and policy issues.

Mission and Vision

Our two-fold mission is to deepen political understanding and to foster a more reasonable democratic square. We expect to lead the academy in both of these pursuits.


  • Intellectual Vitality
  • Analytical Rigor and Transparency
  • Practical Relevance
  • Collaboration
  • Diversity


  • Generate scientifically rigorous and practically applicable research
  • Equip political scientists with new data resources and other analytic tools
  • Host conferences/workshops to boost intellectual exchange and collaboration
  • Educate the public through events and deliberative issue forums
  • Empower students with hands-on research training
  • Train political professionals through the Campaign Management Institute, the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute, and the European Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute
  • Publish the political science journal Congress and the Presidency
  • Sponsor post-doctoral research fellowships