Democracy at UChicago

Centers, Departments, and Schools Working on Democracy-Focused Activities


The Chicago Center on Democracy aims to serve as a hub for research, events, community-building, curricular development, and other activities at the University of Chicago. However, we are one entity in a broader constellation of entities at the university working on aspects of democracy. These include departments, schools, and centers that are working across many disciplines, offering many types of opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and others.

The Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture is an interdisciplinary program dedicated to promoting engaged scholarship and debate around the topics of race and ethnicity.

The Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, known as 3CT, is an interdisciplinary space for sustained, comparative discussion of social and political processes in the contemporary world.

The Center for Effective Government investigates local and national reform efforts that are intended to change the way our political institutions are governed.

The Cyber Policy Initiative at the Harris School of Public Policy seeks to advance the field of cyber policy by examining the intersection of national security, politics, and technology.

The Democracy Curriculum focuses on expanding the offerings to UChicago undergraduates in the area of democracy.

The Department of Political Science has been a pioneer, throughout its history, in the development of social scientific understandings of government and politics.

The Division of the Social Sciences’ faculty, research, and training programs are known for exceptional strengths in statistical methods and formal modeling, social theory, and scientific reasoning, a combination that distinguishes the Division as a preeminent leader in research and education.

The Harris School of Public Policy Studies offers several master’s programs, certificate options, joint degree programs, and a doctoral program.

The Institute of Politics is a nonpartisan, extracurricular organization that aims to inspire and cultivate the next generation of political and public service leaders.

The Parrhesia Program for Public Discourse offers an innovative undergraduate curriculum in the theory and practice of public discourse and deliberation.

The Social Sciences Collegiate Division is home to the undergraduate curriculum in the social sciences, and its programs immerse students in the full range of social science inquiry.

The Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State aims to promote and disseminate research on regulatory capture, crony capitalism, and the various distortions that special interest groups impose on capitalism.

The University of Chicago Democracy Initiative is a student-led organization that aims to improve the democracy of the United States through public engagement and research.