Institute of Governmental Studies

IGS entrance, Moses Hall

About the Institute

The Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) is an interdisciplinary
organized research unit (ORU) at UC Berkeley. Founded in 1919, IGS and its affiliated centers spearhead and promote research, programs, seminars and colloquia, training, educational activities, and public service in the fields of politics and public policy, with a strong focus on national and California politics. Current IGS research focuses include institutional policy and design, political reform, term limits, campaign finance, redistricting, direct democracy, presidential and gubernatorial politics, representative government, the politics of race and ethnicity, immigration, and globalization.

IGS Mission Statement

2012 Matsui Lecturer, former Congressman James Oberstar, lecturing students.

Through an active program of research, teaching, and public service, IGS expands understanding of governmental institutions and the political process, builds the intellectual capital and practical skills of the next generation of political teachers and leaders, and
informs and invigorates public debate on important issues.

The IGS mission is to conduct and disseminate research on topics related to state and national politics and public policy, with a particular focus on institutional design and reform. IGS serves as the University's primary center for advancing research and public service on applied political science and public policy. IGS serves students, faculty, researchers, and the general public.


Cristina Mora (Co-Director)
Eric Schickler (Co-Director)
(510) 642-1472
Staff contact
Christine Trost
(510) 643-7237
Mailing address

109 Moses Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720 - 2370