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Alumni Spotlight: Chris Sparks, October 13, 2021

On a rainy day in Denver in 2016, Chris Sparks and his family needed something to do.

They stumbled across an escape room. “Dorm of the Dead,” it was called, with the goal of saving the campus from the zombie apocalypse, as one does. They lost.

“Not only had I never had that much fun on vacation before with my family, but I was hooked,” Sparks said. “I came back to Maryland and played six or seven other escape rooms, got my butt kicked, but I learned how they worked. And now, 130 escape rooms and my own company later, I love them, because escape rooms give us a chance not only to escape from puzzles but to truly escape from a crazy world for a while, and there’s a magic in it.” Read more

Internship Spotlight: Emily Sespico, August 31, 2021

The unanticipated effect of COVID-19 on house apportionment, August 25, 2021

The Quest for Uncontested Power: Presidents' Personalities and Democratic Erosion in Latin America, 1945–2012, August 23, 2021

Putting Terror in Its Place: An Experiment on Mitigating Fears of Terrorism among the American Public, August 11, 2021

Baruch Fischhoff wins the 2021 Sigma Xi William Proctor Prize for Scientific Achievement


Alumni Spotlight: Chloe Hawker, July 20, 2021

Jonathan Cervas joins Pennsylvania Reapportionment Commission as map consultant, July 13, 2021

Alumni Spotlight: Kelsey Thompson, July 1, 2021

Alumni Spotlight: Alex Pomerantz, June 9, 2021

Jacob Feldgoise Wins 2021 K&L Gates Prize, June 8, 2021

Alumni Spotlight: Kayla Lee, May 26, 2021

Senior Joshua Pinckney Rallies to Ace Comeback, May 17, 2021

Russian disinformation, white supremacy, and COVID-19: Students face them all in a war game, May 25, 2021

Alumni Spotlight: Raaga Kalva, May 10, 2021

Alumni Spotlight: Alex Pasch, May 4, 2021

From Beto O'Rourke to Safra Catz: IPS faculty expose students to an array of virtual guests, May 3, 2021

Alumni Spotlight: Simran Jagtiani, April 20, 2021

Ignacio Arana selected as Provost's Inclusive Teaching Fellow, April 22, 2021

Alumni Spotlight: Dana Kim, March 31, 2021

Verdict in on CMU Mock Trial, April 5, 2021

Three Institute for Politics and Strategy students are part of a team that advanced to the American Mock Trial Association's Opening Round Championship Series. 

Alumni Spotlight: Emily Peterson, March 23, 2021

By studying the what and the why, Dr. Allison Clark works to increase voter turnout, March 17, 2021

Alumni Spotlight: Vincent Brown, March 15, 2021

Some CMU/WSP students do more than study on Capitol Hill. They intern on it, March 12, 2021

The Green New Deal and birthdays with AOC: A Q&A with Gisselt Gomez, March 12, 2021

Unfinished Business: RaShall Brackney details personal determination in IPS Professional Journeys event, March 12, 2021

Alumni Spotlight: Emmett Witkovsky-Eldred, March 10, 2021

In Washington, DC, Engineering and Public Policy majors round out their educations, March 9, 2021

Alumni Spotlight: Devin Gund, March 1, 2021

Alumni Spotlight: Yulin Kuang, February 22, 2021

Former Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best discusses the "something more" of diversity, equity, and inclusion, February 19, 2021

IPS faculty gathers to discuss 2020 election, February 12, 2021

Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett describes the launch of Space Force in a visit with the CMU community, December 8, 2020

Economic solutions: Senior Fellow Richard Grenell discusses his work on the Serbia-Kosovo agreement, December 3, 2020

Lessons from a diplomat: Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley visits IPS, November 20, 2020

"A perfect complement:" The interplay between IPS' cybersecurity minor and technical majors at CMU, November 20, 2020

Kiron Skinner rejoins CSIS Missile Defense Project Advisory Board, November 18, 2020

Conrad Tucker visits IPS for Professional Journeys discussion, November 13, 2020

All about the data: Institute for Strategic Analysis and SOCOM hold executive short course, November 10, 2020

Kiron Skinner joins editorial board of Texas National Security Review, November 10, 2020

Professor Marcia Chatelain talks Breonna Taylor, race, and police in America, November 10, 2020

Professor Jason Blazakis discusses conspiracies, disinformation, and COVID during IPS event, November 4, 2020

On the eve of the election, Congressman Mike Doyle joins IPS for a virtual event, November 3, 2020

National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien Joins CMU Community to Discuss Foreign Policy Priorities, October 29, 2020

Baruch Fischhoff Recruited to Help Devise COVID Vaccine Distribution Plan, October 16, 2020

IPS Postdoctoral Fellow Madison Schramm wins an award for her dissertation, September 4, 2020

IPS Class of 2020 graduates share the next step in their journeys, August 7, 2020

Friedman Fellows embrace virtual "DC" experience, July 27, 2020

"This is super valuable information. Nobody else has it": How Ignacio Arana's PhD research influenced his latest paper, July 27, 2020

Disrupted research provides Dan Silverman's students with important lessons in adaptation, June 18, 2020

Richard Grenell joins IPS as a Senior Fellow, June 9, 2020

Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz joins IPS class via Zoom, May 15, 2020

“You need to talk to people that have been there": James Mattis makes virtual class visit, May 1, 2020

During physical distancing, MS IRP-AMP students present theses via Zoom, April 21, 2020

Meghan Mattern brings USAID experience to the Institute for Politics and Strategy, April 16, 2020

IPS gathers, remotely, to foster community during COVID-19 pandemic, April 16, 2020

Seven thousand miles away from campus, CMU Qatar students experience Washington, DC, March 17, 2020

A day in the life: Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program, March 16, 2020

Separating signal from noise: IPS students participate in an NCTC intelligence simulation, February 27, 2020

Army War College International Fellows visit Carnegie Mellon, February 19, 2020