About the Center

The Gordon Center for American Public Policy, generously funded by the Gordon Foundation of Chicago, supports research and graduate training in American politics and public policy.

The Gordon Center proudly supports faculty and students in the study of American politics.

The center annually provides stipend support for two Department of Politics Ph.D. students who work on U.S. politics.

The center also supports two major research projects. Current projects include an initiative on the Politics and Economics of American Markets headed by Professor of Politics Martin Levin, and a project on Police and American Politics, headed by Associate Professor of Politics Daniel Kryder. 

Finally, the center supports smaller projects lead by Brandeis faculty and Ph.D. students. Current topics include:

  • the political dynamics of motherhood by Assistant Professor of Politics Jill Greenlee; 
  • race and representation by Mingus Mapps, the Gregg Sneirson, Loretta Sneirson and Lester Sneirson Professor of African and Afro-American Studies and Politics;
  • the role of Congress in foreign trade policy by Assistant Professor of Politics Kerry Chase;
  • Ku Klux Klan involvement in anti-Civil Rights enforcement in the American South by Associate Professor of Sociology David Cunningham;
  • bureaucratic rule-making in the Department of Education by Melissa Prosky;
  • politics of national ID systems by Magdalena Krajewska;
  • recent efforts by parties and the judiciary to shift power away from courts by Sarah Staszak.