Facilitating research on critical issues in American democracy and encouraging Notre Dame student engagement in civic and political life.

The January 6th, 2025, Project

Through in-depth study and analysis of the social, political, psychological, and demographic factors that led to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, the project’s members hope to offer insight into how to protect and strengthen the American electoral system before a likely attack on Jan. 6, 2025

Keeping the Republic Conference

The Notre Dame Keeping the Republic Conference brings together a group of both prominent senior researchers and early-career scholars dedicated to a broad revitalization of American democracy—not just in the sense of self-government—but rather as a societal commitment to the equal dignity and inclusion of each person and social institutions that encourage broad and open participation.

Health of Democracy Survey

In October 2022 the Rooney Center conducted a nationally representative survey to assess the health of democracy and voter attitudes. The results were concerning and show strikingly low support for core democratic values. The Center plans to continue to run this survey to monitor trends and support further research on the state of American democracy.

The Hesburgh Program in Public Service

A career-oriented minor in public policy

The Washington Program

Live, learn, and intern in Washington, D.C.

  1. Rooney Center Seminar