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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"

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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."

Latest News and IPPH media

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.

IPPH Speaker Series Starts in February

The History and Politics of Blackface February 26th, 2019

The IPPH Speakers Series will host spirited, constructive dialogue around the issues of the day with nationally renowned leaders. Examples will 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": focus on the deep political divides in the wake of the 2018 mid term elections and compare the environment to pre-Civil War.

On February 26, 2019, IPPH will host The History and Politics of Black Face panel at 3:00 p.m. in the Small Auditorium, Rm (A03) Building #44. Featured speakers include the much-regarded Dr. Dwandalyn Reece, Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the Smithsonian Institution of African American History; Doron F. Ezickson, D.C. Region Director, Ant-Defamation League; Dr. Bobby Austin, Author/Sociologist. The moderator will be Mary Ann French, former Washington Post reporter whose doctoral focus examines slave families in Virginia.

The panelists will delve into the history of Blackface, its origins, as well as the contemporary political import of “dehumanizing” symbols.

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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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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Dr. James M. Goode

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Phil Mendelson

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Contact info for IPPH Join us

4200 Connecticut Avenue
Washington, D.C.
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Jodi Samuda
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