Summer Programs -- Apply by March 15

Political Studies & Summer Courses

Study the theory and practice of politics in the heart of the nation’s capital.

The Federalist & Contemporary Debates

Consider The Federalist Papers anew through the lens of current events. 

Religion & Politics

Consider the proper role of religion in public life.

Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Meditate on the nature of political authority with one of Shakespeare's greatest plays.

Ideas & Public Policy

Examine the influence of ideas in some of our key policy debates.

Free Speech in a Fractured Republic

Situate the classic debate over free speech in both historical and contemporary context.

Debating U.S.-China Strategic Competition

Explore contemporary views on U.S.-China strategic competition alongside a variety of prominent instructors.

Political Heretics

Track the ideological odysseys of five public intellectuals who broke ranks with their fellow partisans.

Vasily Grossman’s Life & Fate

Read the novel known as the Soviet War & Peace, and reflect on the nature of totalitarianism.

Machiavelli’s The Prince

Study the classic treatise that brought Machiavelli fame—and infamy.

Thucydides and Today’s Challenges

Read Thucydides as a series of case studies, setting up a discussion of contemporary strategic problems.

Summer 2021: Political Studies, & Summer Courses, War Studies

Political Studies & Summer Courses

Study the theory and practice of politics in the heart of the nation’s capital.

War Studies Program

Learn the theory, practice, organization, and control of war and military forces.

Upcoming Summer Courses

Debating U.S.-China Strategic Competition

Explore contemporary views on U.S.-China strategic competition alongside a variety of prominent instructors.

Free Speech in a Fractured Republic

Situate the classic debate over free speech in both historical and contemporary context.

Ideas & Public Policy

Examine the influence of ideas in some of our key policy debates.

Machiavelli’s The Prince

Study the classic treatise that brought Machiavelli fame—and infamy.

Religion & Politics

Consider the proper role of religion in public life.

Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Meditate on the nature of political authority with one of Shakespeare's greatest plays.

The Federalist & Contemporary Debates

Consider The Federalist Papers anew through the lens of current events. 

Thucydides and Today’s Challenges

Read Thucydides as a series of case studies, setting up a discussion of contemporary strategic problems.

Our Alumni

Elliot Kaufman

Elliot Kaufman


Political Studies Program

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Stefan Johnson

Stefan Johnson


Political Studies Program

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Alexandra Gutowski

Alexandra Gutowski


War Studies Program

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Caleb Orr

Caleb Orr


Advanced Institutes

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Do you know a student or colleague who would benefit from one of our programs? Applicants may apply directly to our programs, but nominations are helpful for reaching and selecting great participants. Nominate a potential applicant by submitting their name, email address, and a brief description of their abilities and interest in the study of politics and policy. Program staff will follow up with an email to the nominee mentioning your nomination and offering information on how to apply.

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