Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Taubman Center

Director’s Message

Susan Moffitt

Welcome to the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy.

At the A. Alfred Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy, we support scholarship and public engagement to understand and strengthen American institutions, policy, and practice.

The Taubman Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to American politics and policy. We bring together scholars, practitioners, and students from different disciplines and perspectives to examine and recommend paths forward to address important policy problems.

The Taubman Center works at the intersection of research and public engagement. Our applied research learns from and supports communities of practice; and it influences local, national, and global policy makers.

The Taubman Center encourages a global view of American politics and policy. We strive both to understand the global impact of American institutions, policies and politics and to use a global perspective to understand American policy problems.

The Taubman Center’s programming consists of four main components:

  • Learning from the public through the Taubman Center public opinion polls
  • Learning from research through workshops, conferences, and scholarship 
  • Learning from public leaders through our speakers series 
  • Learning from our students through internship opportunities 

This year, we will focus our inquiry and engagement on three themes:

  • The Cost of Living
  • The Value of Democracy
  • The Price of Security

I’m honored to be working with such a vibrant and dedicated community. I look forward to having you join us.

Susan Moffitt
Director, A. Alfred Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy
Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs