Centers and Initiatives

SGPP faculty and students play fundamental roles in the creation and management of research and outreach centers and initiatives. These span the disciplines of political science, public policy, public management, and public administration, and provide access to a wide variety of stakeholders.

Consortium for Collaborative Governance

The Consortium for Collaborative Governance was founded by three leading Western universities – University of Southern California, University of Washington, and the University of Arizona – as a way of conducting research, educating students, and issuing policy recommendations on how government, business, and the nonprofit sector can achieve solutions to complex policy problems using partnerships, alliances, and networks.

Consortium website

Four Corners Conflict Network

SGPP faculty and Ph.D. students helped found this group in 2015 with a view towards building community and connecting the many scholars of violent and nonviolent forms of political and social conflict that work at universities in the four corner states: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah.

Four Corners Conflict Network Website

National Institute for Civil Discourse

The National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) was established in May of 2011 after the tragic Tucson shooting that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. All were participating in a “Congress on Your Corner” event, a fundamental act of democracy. In response to the tragedy, the Tucson community came together to create NICD, a non-partisan organization based at the University of Arizona that promotes healthy and civil political debate.

NICD Website


Psychology of Inequality and Politics Lab

Frank Gonzalez leads a research group exploring the utility of theories from political psychology and social neuroscience in understanding how identity and ideology affect political opinion and behavior.

PIP Lab Website


Rebel Governance Network

Jessica Braithwaite is a co-facilitator of this network connecting scholars currently engaged in innovative work on governance, political behavior, and structures, and legitimacy in rebel groups around the world. The network is a place for scholars and practitioners to find new work and connect with one another.

Rebel Governance Network Website


Rombach Institute

The Rombach Institute for Crime, Delinquency, and Corrections is a privately endowed institute that supports students who specialize in criminal justice and invites high profile speakers to campus to address problems of crime like racial disparities in enforcement and sentencing. It is our goal to add a research component to the institute so that it can be a state resource on criminal justice policy.

Rombach Institute

SGPP Research Center

We are home to the SGPP Research Center, which provides dedicated space on campus for in-person studies and computer terminals equipped with state-of-the art software, as well as a large and diverse student subject pool.

Southwest Workshop on Mixed Methods Research

SGPP was a co-founding member of the Southwest Workshop on Mixed Methods Research, an annual meeting dedicated to understanding how we can better mix qualitative and quantitative methods for deriving theories and testing hypotheses. Our workshops include junior and senior scholars from a range of disciplines, especially political science and sociology.


Trade Monitor

Jeff Kucik created and maintains a non-partisan trade policy blog. The website provides educational resources and data analysis dedicated to better informing the public debate over free trade in the United States.

Trade Monitor Website

Women Also Know Stuff

Samara Klar is the co-founder of this collective, which has the goals of promoting and publicizing the work and expertise of scholars in political science who identify as women. Implicit and explicit gender biases mean that women are often underrepresented as experts in the academy and in media. Their searchable database helps academics and journalists identify and connect with women academics conducting research on a multitude of issues related to the study of politics.

Women Also Know Stuff Website

California 100

The California 100 research award, along with technical assistance from the Institute For The Future, will enable Dr. Bartos to evaluate current facts, origins and future trends regarding criminal justice reform and public safety will play in California’s next century. Dr. Bartos’s research will be conducted in partnership with Professor Charis Kubrin (University of California, Irvine) and will begin this summer. 

California 100