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

In News

February 23, 2021

Latinx, Native Americans carry heavier pandemic burden, new poll reports

Voters of color in California — especially Latinx and Native American people — face disproportionate risks during the coronavirus pandemic and are far more worried than white voters about job and income loss and access to medical care, according to a new poll by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS).
February 18, 2021

California Republicans less likely to seek COVID vaccine, poll reports

As California struggles to bring the deadly COVID-19 pandemic under control, the state’s Republican voters are far less likely to seek a vaccine and express less support for small businesses, health care workers and other at-risk workers, according to a new poll by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS).
November 3, 2020

As demographics change, California GOP fades as a political force

Demographic change is transforming the California political landscape, with rising numbers of younger Latinx and Asian American voters identifying mostly as independents and Democrats, according to a new report from UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS).
September 28, 2020

Poll finds Californians have one mission: Defeat President Trump

A new Berkeley IGS Poll revealed Californians’ opinions about a variety of political topics, including reforms to property taxes, climate change-fueled wildfires and the selection of California’s Sen. Kamala Harris as former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential running mate.