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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.


Ray C. Bliss Institute Reception

September 20, 2022, 5:30 p.m., InfoCision Stadium Level 5

Dr. John C. Green, director emeritus of the Bliss Institute, will interview author Mr. John Roy Price about his book on former President Richard Nixon entitled The Last Liberal Republican.

In addition to the discussion about Nixon’s surprising social policy, we are planning an archival display of recently donated material related to Ray C. Bliss.

You will also have the opportunity to meet and hear from Dr. J. Cherie Strachan, the new director of the Bliss Institute.

RSVP to the Bliss Institute by Sept. 9 at 330-972-5155 or | See attached flyer

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

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Why study applied politics

Catey Breck, MPA, BA '06, discusses her career path and how the Bliss Institute helped her.

Valuable internships

UA graduate student, Kevin Cohen, shares his internship experience with the Tim Ryan for Congress Campaign.

Campus location

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

Contact us

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

Social Media Coordinator:
Madie Carpenter

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Bliss Institute News

Exclusive Spectrum News/Siena College poll takes pulse of Ohio voters

Dr. Cherie Strachan, director of the Bliss Institute at The University of Akron, said it’s unsurprising that, according to a poll from Spectrum News/Sienna College, 45% of Ohio voters feel the state is on the right track, while 35% think it’s headed in the wrong direction. Strachan is also professor of political science in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences.