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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.


The Color of Environmental Health: The Effects of Environmental Justice on Human Well-being

Dec. 1, noon - 1 p.m., Virtual Event

This panel discussion will cover key issues related to environmental health and justice; how these issues disproportionately impact communities of color; and ways individuals can get involved to improve physical, mental, and community environmental health outcomes.


State of the Parties: 2020 and Beyond

Scholars and practitioners from across the United States explored the state of American party organizations, constituencies and resources at the national, state and local level at a virtual conference on Nov. 4 - 5, 2021.

Panel Papers and Videos

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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.

JOB SEARCH — Director, Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics

The University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, in cooperation with the Department of Political Science, is seeking applicants for the position of Director. This 12-month position, starting as early as January 2022 but no later than July 1, 2022, includes an appointment as a tenured Professor or Associate Professor of Political Science.

Open until filled, however, initial review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021.

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
Email: bliss@uakron.edu

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Bliss Institute News

Democrats face tumultuous process to get massive social spending package passed

Dr. David Cohen is interviewed about the need for the Democratic party to sell policy and legislative achievements into the 2022 midterm elections.