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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"

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What We DoIPPH Programs

Symposia and Speakers

The IPPH Speakers Series will host 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.

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Resident and Visiting Fellows

The IPPH Resident Fellows Program will engage respected residents in one-year focus studies on a facet of Washington, D.C. life and organize student-focused events around the same. A Visiting Fellows program is also in development.


The IPPH Internship Program places UDC Students with nonprofit, public, private sector organizations focused on politics and policy. The program will launch in the Summer of 2019. Please click the link below for future updates or to apply.

"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."

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Institute of Politics Policy and History Kick-Off Event

IPPH Staff Press Event January 31, 2019at The UDC Student Ballroom, Level 1

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, Updated Weekly

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

IPPH Speaker Series Updates

Historical Inflection Point: Women In The House, March 26th, 2019

The IPPH Speakers Series will host spirited, constructive dialogue around the issues of the day with nationally renowned leaders. Upcoming events include “Women in the House”: a panel focused on the historic number of women elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and "A Nation Divided": focuses on the deep political divides in the wake of the 2018 mid term elections and compare the environment to pre-Civil War.

On March 26, 2019, Please join us for a thought provoking panel discussion, Historical Inflection Point: Women in the House. Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the University of the District of Columbia; UDC Student Center Ballroom. The moderator will be Michael Steele, Conservator American Commentator, MSNBC Political Analyst, former Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Featured Panelists and Participants Confirmed/Invited include: Special Guest/Panelist, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser; Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, D-MA, celebrated Member among historic number of women Members in 116th Congress, first African American woman to represent Massachusetts; Congresswoman Elizabeth “Liz” Cheney, R-WY, 3rd highest ranking member of House Republican Leadership; Dr. Jamey Ann Piland, Associate Professor, Director of Women’s Studies, Trinity Washington University; Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-DC; and, former Congresswoman, Connie Morella, D-MD (8th) Congressional.

The panelists will delve into the history of women as elected officials in the house and the role gender equity plays in the future prospects and politics of the United States.

IPPH Will Provide Content In Multiple Formats

IPPH Staff, January, 2019

IPPH plans to deliver on its mission by offering speakers and symposia in multiple digital and broadcast formats including livestream, social media, podcast and even broadcast television. Though most plans remain in development, IPPH 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

Meet OurSenior Advisory Committee

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Karen Tramontano

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Michael Steele

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Dr. James M. Goode

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Charlene Drew Jarvis, Ph.D

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Beverly Perry

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Oliver T. Carr, Jr.

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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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April Massey, Ph.D

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Phil Mendelson

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Contact info for IPPH Join us

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

Rediscovering District of Columbia history – and its consequential role in determining contemporary politics and policy serves as our primary charge.

We will establish platforms for making Washington, D.C. history more accessible and intriguing to contemporary audiences and explore, especially through the lens of the Nation’s Capital, the cultural/political fault-lines that have perennially plagued our nation and obstructed our quest to become a more perfect union.

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