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USC Center for the Political Future


  • Engage Across Differences

The Center for the Political Future (CPF) combines rigorous intellectual inquiry, teaching, and practical politics to advance civil dialogue and research that transcends partisan divisions and finds solutions to pressing national and global challenges. Our events, programs, scholarships, and internships inspire and train students for careers in public service and lifetimes of civic engagement.

Today’s political divide is wider than at any time since the Civil War. News is fake, facts are discounted and rancor is at historic levels. Now, more than ever, we need innovative pathways to restore dispassionate analysis to the political arena and renew the compromise essential to our democracy. The Center for the Political Future combines rigorous intellectual inquiry, teaching and practical politics to advance a new model for political discourse that opens those pathways.


  • Develop a deep understanding of pressing national and global issues and how policy is made at the national and global levels.
  • Study and understand the psychological and intellectual scaffold on which conservatives and liberals operate in order to develop more inclusive frameworks for debate and decision making.
  • Model and advance civil dialogue demonstrating that individuals with different political perspectives can speak respectfully with each other and find ways to work together.
  • Prepare students to become effective citizens by teaching and practicing the skills of practical political leadership.


Kamy Akhavan


University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA