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Who We AreThe IPPH Mission

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The Founding of IPPH

By Aimee Anthony on January 31, 2019

The Institute of Politics Policy and History, housed at the University of the District of Columbia, will encourage constructive, spirited dialogue around the issues of the day; illuminating these conversations with insights from our city and nation’s history.

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IPPH will inspire new generations and inform the quest for a more perfect union.

Mayor Muriel Bowser ; January, 2019
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Serving The City

IPPH; UDC; January 31, 2019
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Inspiring a Nation

By Sharon Pratt;January 31, 2019

"Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all"

IPPH Launch
and Press Event
The History and Politics
of Blackface
Historical Inflection Point
Women In The House
threats to a free and transparent election
A Nation Divided
Healing Our Country & Economic Gaps
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UDC Students

What We DoIPPH Programs

Symposia and Speakers

The IPPH Speakers Series hosts spirited, constructive speakers and symposia around the issues of the day with nationally renowned leaders from historical, national and local context. Stay up to date, suggest topics, or submit proposals by clicking the link below.

Pantheon of Panelists 

State of Play - State of Play is 3.5-year-old public affairs show that convenes subject matter experts, historians and people with lived experience to discuss issues important to communities of color. We encourage conversation with guest experts and with the community at-large. State of Play Programs aired on Black News Channel and are currently on State of Play Youtube Channel.

IPPH on Air:  IPPH On Air is hosted by former DC Mayor and the Institute of Politics Policy and History’s Founding Director, Sharon Pratt. During each program, we take a deep dive into pressing issues of the day, exploring them through the lens of comparable historical events in our city - Washington, D.C. - and the nation. Each podcast features a diverse panel of compelling, expert personalities who can speak with authority on critical contemporary issues, always bracketing conversations with relevant historical insights.

IPPH/UDC Scholars

Our first UDC Scholar was Dr. Monique Gamble . She is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. We welcome UDC faculty to IPPH. 

Please contact Joy Austin, Sr. Advisor and Director of Humanities Programs and

Resident Fellows

IPPH Resident Fellows are award-winning film-makers, poets and writers, activists, and experts in subjects as diverse as art, film, literature, history, race relations, foodways and sports. In live and virtual programs, they gather knowledgeable and engaging speakers to discuss the history and culture of Washington, DC.


IPPH encourages undergraduate and graduate students from UDC and area universities to participate in our work of discovering and presenting the history and culture of Washington, DC and hosting conversations that examine the issues of the day from a local and national context and always with relevant historical insights. Your experience and expertise are valuable to us. At this time, we are looking for social media interns.

"A battle lost or won is easily described, understood, and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it."

Frederick Douglass

Latest News and IPPH media

Institute of Politics Policy and History Kick-Off Event

IPPH Staff Press Event January 31, 2019 at The UDC Student Ballroom

Mayor Muriel Bowser, UDC President Ronald Mason, Jr will join IPPH Founding Director and Former D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt and Co-Chairs Michael Steele and Karen Tramontano for the IPPH launch/press event. The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and the Executive Office of the Mayor announce the establishment of new Institute of Politics Policy and History (IPPH) to be housed at the University. Mayor Bowser will present UDC and Former Mayor Sharon Pratt with a proclamation.

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Latest Press Mentions and Articles about IPPH

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The latest media mentions regarding IPPH along with related content. You can also find most stories posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

IPPH Will Provide Content In Multiple Formats

IPPH Staff

IPPH delivers on its mission by offering speakers and symposia in multiple digital and broadcast formats including livestream, social media, podcast and even broadcast television. IPPH's future plans include a robust media distribution focus with the goal of not only offering poltical and policy content to District of Columbia residents with a historical context but to also archive all programs and make them available worldwide. Subscribe to the IPPH mailing list for updates!

MeetOur Team

Founding Director Sharon Pratt

Former Washington, D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt will serve as the Founding Director of the UDC Institute for Politics, Policy and History. Pratt graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1961 and earned her B.S. degree in political science in 1965 from Howard University. Pratt attended Howard University Law School where she earned her J.D. degree in 1968.

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Meet TheIPPH Staff

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Aimee Anthony

Assoc Director of Programs
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Jodi Samuda

Assoc Director of Operations and Budgets
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Carolyn Bowden

Executive Assistant
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Joy Ford Austin

Senior Advisor and Director of Humanities Programs

Meet OurSenior Advisory Committee

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Karen Tramontano

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Michael Steele

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April Massey, Ph.D

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Charlene Drew Jarvis, Ph.D

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Beverly Perry

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Rev. Mark Thompson

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Sonia Gutierrez

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Amanda Huron, Ph.D

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Phil Mendelson

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Carol Fulp

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Oliver T. Carr, Jr.

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Dr. James M. Goode (Former Member)(Deceased)

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Contact info for IPPH Join us

4200 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C.
Phone No:
Jodi Samuda
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