The Kean University Center for History, Politics, and Policy was founded in 2011 to engage in a conversation within the University and with the broader community about issues of importance to New Jersey.
The Center’s more than two dozen fellows are encouraged to engage the community and each other in their diverse fields of expertise. A series of white papers will be published in the 2012-13 academic year, with faculty encouraged to analyze policy concerns and to propose solutions. This level of civic engagement is at the heart of the Center’s work. The Center sponsors a regular series of polls, called New Jersey Speaks, which seeks to measure New Jersey’s attitudes and views on a range of policy issues, from environmental concerns to retirement anxieties. Center fellows participate in the construction of the polls and in the analysis of results.
In addition, the Center sponsors regular programs and lectures for the general public as well as for the University community. Through collaborative relationships with other University institutions, the Center has sponsored or co-sponsored programs that have brought prominent historians, political scientists, authors, and public features to campus.
The Center’s mission is to serve as a resource for civic-minded New Jersey residents and for the University’s students, faculty, and staff.