Eagleton Institute of Politics

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Wood Lawn
Location Clifton Avenue
Cook/Douglass Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Area 78 acres (32 ha)
Architect McKim, Mead and White
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body Rutgers University
NRHP Reference # 78001772[1]
NJRHP # 1883
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 8, 1978
Designated NJRHP April 15, 1977

The Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University was established in 1956 with an endowment from Florence Peshine Eagleton (1870–1953), and it focuses on state and national politics through education and public service. It is located at the Cook-Douglas Campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey at Wood Lawn, which listed is the state and federal registers of historic places[2]


Florence Peshine Eagleton was a suffragist and a founder of the New Jersey League of Women Voters who advocated women's higher education. She was one of the first women to serve as a Trustee of Rutgers University. She willed more than $1,000,000 to establish the Wells Phillips Eagleton and Florence Peshine Eagleton Foundation, which became the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. Eagleton directed that her support be applied:

... for the advancement of learning in the field of practical political affairs and government [so] that a knowledge of the meaning of democracy may be increased through the education of young women and men in democratic government. ... It is my settled conviction that the cultivation of civic responsibility and leadership among the American people in the field of practical political affairs is of vital and increasing importance to our state and nation ... I make this gift especially for the development of and education for responsible leadership in civic and governmental affairs and the solution of their political problems.

Eagleton Centers and Major Program Areas[edit]

Eagleton features two centers dedicated to the study of politics: the Center for American Women and Politics and the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling.

The Center for American Women and Politics[edit]

The Center for American Women and Politics, or CAWP, aims to promote greater knowledge and understanding about women's participation in politics and government and to enhance women's influence and leadership in public life.

The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling[edit]

Established in 1971, the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling performs university-based public interest polling.

The Center on the American Governor[edit]

http://governors.rutgers.edu/ The Center on the American Governor seeks to promote research and discussion on the role of the governor in the United States. The Center is building an extensive virtual archive and plans to sponsor a range of academic activities and public forums on topics and issues relating to the office of governor across the country as well as the administrations of selected holders of the office in New Jersey and other states.

Program on Immigration and Democracy[edit]

http://epid.rutgers.edu/ The Program on Immigration and Democracy leverages the resources of a major public research institution to explore the challenges and opportunities stemming from immigration—across New Jersey, the nation and the world.

Youth Political Participation Program[edit]

http://ruvoting.rutgers.edu/ Through research, public service, and educational programs, YPPP is dedicated to exploring civic education at the high school level and political participation among young adults.

Eagleton Programs[edit]

The Eagleton Institute of Politics features the following programs: Clifford P. Case Professorship of Public Affairs, Electronic Government Project, Arthur J. Holland Program on Ethics in Government, New Jersey Project, New Jersey Voter Information, Program on Immigration and Democracy, Initiative on Climate and Social Policy (CSP), The Center on the American Governor,RU Ready, RU Voting, State House Express, State Politics and Government, and the Youth Political Participation Program.

Eagleton Staff[edit]

  • Ruth B. Mandel- Director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Board of Governors Professor of Politics, and Senior Scholar at CAWP
  • John Weingart- Associate Director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics and author of Waste is a Terrible Thing to Mind
  • Debbie Walsh - Director, Center for American Women and Politics
  • David Redlawsk - Director, Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling
  • Michael Soga- Coordinator, Building Services
  • Gerald Pomper- Board of Governors Professor of Political Science (Emeritus)


  1. ^ Staff (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Middlesex County". New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°28′54″N 74°26′00″W / 40.4817°N 74.4332°W / 40.4817; -74.4332