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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.


Election Night Watch Party

November 8, 2022, 7 - 10 p.m., Student Union Ballroom

There will be several large screens for viewing election results at the state and national level and laptops to check local results. Free pizza and snacks will be available, as well as the chance to win door prizes. | See Flyer

This event is co-sponsored by the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, College Democrats, College Republicans, serveAkron, Graduate Student Government and Undergraduate Student Government.  

Day of Public Discourse

October 10, 2022

The Bliss Institute and UA hosted this event by the Ohio Debate Commission at InfoCision Stadium.  Participants included community members, and students from area high schools, universities, and law schools.

The Keynote speaker was Dr. Mitchell McKinney, dean of the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, professor of political communication, and Fellow at the Bliss Institute. He shared his research and facilitated conversations about the historical and contemporary practices and challenges in political debates.

In a community roundtable discussion, participants discussed materials collected from the US Senate and Ohio gubernatorial candidates to craft meaningful questions later submitted to their campaigns.

Later in the day, Bliss Institute Director Dr. J. Cherie Strachan moderated a panel of Bliss alumni to discuss career opportunities with the students.

The Last Liberal Republican

September 20, 2022

Dr. John C. Green, director emeritus of the Bliss Institute, interviewed author Mr. John Roy Price about his book on former President Richard Nixon entitled The Last Liberal Republican |See Video

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Setting standards, providing resources, and working to create a culture of civility in the Greater Akron community.

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Why study applied politics

Catey Breck, MPA, BA '06, discusses her career path and how the Bliss Institute helped her.

Valuable internships

UA graduate student, Kevin Cohen, shares his internship experience with the Tim Ryan for Congress Campaign.

Campus location

Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
The University of Akron
Olin Hall 325
Akron, OH 44325-1914
(see campus map)

Contact us

Office: 330-972-5182
Fax: 330-972-5479

Social Media Coordinator:
Madie Carpenter

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Bliss Institute News

House Democrats prepare for new senior leadership

Dr. David B. Cohen, professor of political science at The University of Akron, was a guest on Fox News, discussing with Chad Pergram what new leadership could mean for Congress after Speaker Nancy Pelosi steps down from senior leadership. Cohen is director of the Applied Politics program and a fellow with the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at UA