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The Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics

A bipartisan research, teaching and experiential learning institute dedicated to increasing understanding of the political process with special emphasis on political parties, grassroots activity, civility and ethics, and hands-on learning through internships and events.

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Call for Papers
The State of the Parties: 2020 & Beyond Virtual Conference
November 4 - 5. 2021

The University of Akron's Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics will sponsor the eighth quadrennial “State of the Parties” conference on American political parties on November 4 – 5, 2021. The purpose of the conference is to assess changes in American political parties resulting from the 2020 presidential campaign and election. The conference will bring together scholars and practitioners for this purpose, and the best papers will be included in the 9th edition of The State of the Parties, scheduled to be published in 2022.

Papers on any aspect of contemporary American political parties are welcome, including political polarization; regional voting patterns; national, state and local party organizations; presidential primaries and campaigns; the role of money and other resources in the 2020 campaigns; and the role of parties and partisanship in the federal, state, and local governments.

Scholars interested in presenting a paper should submit a one-page proposal by March 1, 2021 to the Bliss Institute at Please feel free to share this information with interested colleagues and students.

The Greater Akron Civility Center

Setting standards, providing resources, and working to create a culture of civility in the Greater Akron community.
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Bliss Institute in the News

Myanmar Coup: G7 Condemns Crackdown
Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler participated in an interview about former Secretary of State John Kerry meeting with Iranian officials during the Trump administration. He can be seen beginning at minute 16:10.
Professor says Washington will be less biased in favor of Riyadh
In this Q&A interview, Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler outlined some of the Biden administration's foreign policy objectives and contrasted these goals with those of former President Trump.

Ohio Election Tests The Left's Strength In Establishment Stronghold
Dr. David Cohen provides insight into the Democratic Party's options for the soon-to-be vacant seat in Ohio's 11th Congressional District, pending confirmation of incumbent Rep. Marcia Fudge as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Analysis of The Impeachment Trial
With the conclusion of the impeachment trial, host Jon Bozeka asks Dr. David Cohen what to look for next in terms of the future of the Republican party and any potential investigations of the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol.

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Ohio Politics Panel/
Ohio Birthday Party

Three experts discuss Ohio politics followed by greetings from Ohio elected officials and cutting of the Ohio birthday cake.

  • Mr. Derrick Clay, President and CEO of New Visions Group
  • Dr. John C. Green, Director Emeritus of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
  • Mr. Bob Paduchik, President of Agincourt Consultants

Special thanks to the Greater Akron Chamber for producing the event.

Why Study Applied Politics?

Alumnus Jason Huff (MA '04), Senior Policy Advisor to the Tennessee House Democratic Causcus, discusses his career path and shares advice for students.

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Why Take an Internship?

Graduate Student Kevin Cohen shares his internship experience with the Tim Ryan for Congress Campaign.


Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
The University of Akron
Olin Hall 325 (see campus map)
Akron, OH 44325-1914

Office: 330-972-5182
Fax: 330-972-5479

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