Center for Politics and Public Affairs

Located within Franklin & Marshall College, the Center for Politics and Public Affairs (CPPA) fosters the practice of democracy through the study of politics and public policy.

Our Work and Services

Forums, Lectures, and Seminars

We often hold public and campus community forums and specialized sessions discussing a wide variety of public and political matters. We also sponsor specific lectures and seminars with other institutional and community partners to stimulate discourse on political and policy issues. 

Criminalizing the Presidency: What Have We Wrought? Nov. 6, 2023

Fellowships and Internships

We’re proud to enrich the academic experience of F&M students. We coordinate various fellowships and internship programs.

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Center for Opinion Research

We work hand in hand with the Center for Opinion Research, a full-scale survey research organization based at Franklin & Marshall College. With research capabilities greatly enhanced by its relationship with F&M, the Center for Opinion Research designs innovative and thoughtful research solutions to help their clients answer important questions and make strategic decisions. 

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The Franklin & Marshall College Poll

Started in 1992, the Franklin & Marshall College Poll is the longest running statewide poll exclusively directed and produced in Pennsylvania. The poll is a primary source of information for those involved in government, media, and public policy in Pennsylvania.



Political Books

Our director, Stephen Medvic, has published several books concerning politics in the U.S. and Pennsylvania. 

(Feature two covers from the most recent books)

  • PENDING Campaigning in Pennsylvania:  The Nationalization of Campaigns and Elections in a Battleground State .  (Co-editor with Matthew M. Schousen and Berwood A. Yost.)  Temple University Press.
  • 2022  Campaigns and Elections: Players and Processes , 4 th edition.  New York: Routledge. (3 rd ed., 2018; 2 nd ed., 2014; first edition published by Wadsworth/Cengage, 2010).
  • 2021 Gerrymandering: The Politics of Redistricting in the United States.  Cambridge, UK:  Polity Press.
  • 2013  In Defense of Politicians:  The Expectations Trap and Its Threat to Democracy.   New York:  Routledge.