The A. Alfred Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy influences local, national, and global policy makers through high quality research and a commitment to community service.
Since the Taubman Center graduated its first class in 1984, the Center’s accomplished faculty have introduced dozens of new courses and held true to their core value that doing public policy improves the quality of teaching and research. Ongoing interactions between faculty members and policy-making organizations at the local, state, and national level has kept coursework relevant and practical. The hands-on emphasis also extends to all public policy students as they apply newly acquired knowledge during valuable internship experiences.
In 2014, the Taubman Center began a year-long process of integration with the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. In a statement released by the university, Watson director Richard Locke outlined the advantages of the integration.
“Integrating Watson and Taubman more closely recognizes that in today’s globally interconnected world, the boundaries between ‘domestic’ and ‘international’ policy are blurred,” said Richard M. Locke, director of the Watson Institute. “The major challenges facing society — and the possible solutions to these challenges — do not stop at geographic borders. In fact, the very best policy-focused research is comparative in nature.”
Undergraduate and graduate academic programs in public policy will remain distinct, but will benefit from engagement with Watson's international relations and development studies programs. The Taubman Center will remain semi-autonomous, with a focus on public polling, research, community engagement, and speaker events to enrich discourse on public policy issues.