The Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
A bipartisan research, teaching and experiential learning institute dedicated to increasing understanding of the political process with special emphasis on political parties, grassroots activity, civility and ethics, and hands-on learning through internships and events.
Throughout my first year as director, I have had the pleasure of meeting many Bliss Institute colleagues, alumni, and friends. I have developed an annual report to let you know of all the activities undertaken in my inaugural year. As this report reveals, I stepped into a directorship of a thriving, active Institute. I could not have undertaken so much, while also making plans to add a new layer of citizenship-focused initiatives to the Bliss Institute's portfolio, without the enthusiastic support of everyone I have met.
I hope you will take a few minutes to read the report linked below and help us celebrate our accomplishments.
Akron Decides: May 2023 Post Election Poll
Registered voters in Akron were asked to share their thoughts and opinions about the recent election for the Mayor of Akron. A full summary of the poll results can be found here.
John Green, director emeritus, presented the poll results at the Akron Press Club on June 5.
This poll was conducted by the CMOR, with special thanks to the following sponsors: Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at The University of Akron, Akron Beacon Journal, Akron Press Club, Akron NAACP, and Ohio Debate Commission.
Akron Decides: April 2023 Horse Race Poll Results
Registered Voters in Akron who described themselves as likely to vote were asked to share their thoughts and plans for voting in the upcoming May primary for the Mayor of Akron. A full summary of the poll results can be found here.
This poll was conducted by the CMOR, with special thanks to the following sponsors: Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at The University of Akron, Akron Beacon Journal, and Ideastream Public Media.
The Donald Trump Presidency: Legacy and Record
April 6-7, 2023, University of Mount Union
This was an even-handed, non-partisan, and scholarly examination of the actions and consequences of the Donald J. Trump Presidency on the United States and world from a variety of perspectives.
Why study applied politics
Catey Breck, MPA, BA '06, discusses her career path and how the Bliss Institute helped her.
UA graduate student, Kevin Cohen, shares his internship experience with the Tim Ryan for Congress Campaign.
THE GREATER AKRON CIVILITY CENTER
Setting standards, providing resources, and working to create a culture of civility in the Greater Akron community.
Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
The University of Akron
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Akron, OH 44325-1914
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Bliss Institute News
Dr. David B. Cohen, professor of political science, comments in this article about how Ohio Senate candidates feel about the U.S. helping in Israel and Ukraine. Cohen is also director of UA’s Applied Politics program and a fellow of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.