CPP Fellows

The Student Fellows Program

The Center for Political Participation relies heavily on student involvement. Several work-study students are hired each semester to do important research. Also, a Student Fellowship Program has been established. These fellows are selected to help run the Center from organizing various events and implementing programs, to creating innovative strategies for promoting politics and the democratic process.

The Quigley Town Hall (QTH) was established by the CPP in 2013. The idea was to provide the campus and the community multiple, on-going opportunities to learn about and explore contemporary policy issues, debates, and key events.  The QTH series is run entirely by CPP Fellows; they develop the topics that are to be explored in the series, choreograph the events, and arrange for policy experts to help facilitate the discussions. We try to hold one QTH per month during the academic year.

Some of the most recent Quigley Town Halls have focused on the following topics:

  • Politics of the Pandemic
  • The Future of the Filibuster
  • Reflecting on Ruth Bader Ginsberg
  • Civic Values and Public Discourse
  • Get Out the Vote
  • Citizens Take to the Streets in Chile: What is going on in South America?
  • What the Xi is happening in China?
  • The Daily Me: Algorithms and Political Preferences
  • Election Post-Mortem
  • Turkey, Jordan, and the Refugee Crisis
  • U.S. Foreign Policy and NATO

Other Quigley Town Halls include:

  • Polling and the 2016 Presidential Election
  • 2016 Presidential and Down-ballot Elections
  • The No Labels movement
  • The TEA Party and the GOP
  • National Security and the South China Sea
  • Religion and Politics
  • The Occupy Movement
  • Syria and Sanctions
  • Ukraine
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Prison Reform
  • Ferguson and Black Lives Matter Movement
  • The Rise of ISIS
  • The Senate Torture Report
  • Vaccinations
  • Populism
  • Media and Primaries
  • Race and Gender Dynamics in the Election
  • Wealth Inequality: The Widening Rhetorical and Political Gap
  • The Zika Virus

CPP Director

Professor Brian Harward, Robert G. Seddig Chair in Political Science Director, Center for Political Participation
Professor Brian Harward                                Robert G. Seddig Chair in Political Science Director, Center for Political Participation

Professor Harward is Robert G. Seddig Professor of Political Science with responsibility for teaching Constitutional Law, Judicial Process, and Philosophy of Law, among other courses in American Politics. After graduating from Gettysburg College in 1992, he worked for several years at the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) in Washington, D.C., developing a national program on civic education.

He earned his doctorate in Political Science from the School of Public and International Affairs at The University of Georgia in 2003. He then taught at The University of Georgia for four years, and at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for seven years prior to his arrival at Allegheny in 2010.

He has published and conducted research in a number of areas of law, political philosophy, and American politics, including the U.S. Courts of Appeals, human rights, poverty law, state courts, presidential elections, co-sponsorship in the U.S. Senate, citizen political efficacy, congressional oversight, and executive power.  In addition, he has published several articles and book chapters related to teaching and liberal education.