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The Institute for Public Affairs conducts, supports, and disseminates interdisciplinary research to inform and improve public policy, focusing particularly on Philadelphia, the greater metropolitan area and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


  • IPA research targets important social, economic, and political problems, and public policies that address them.
  • IPA seeks to foster collaboration and intellectual exchange across disciplines, supporting scholars from all of Temple’s seventeen schools and colleges.
  • IPA aims to forge connections among students, scholars, policymakers, and citizens, to encourage research informed by the concerns of those who decide public policy and to facilitate public policies informed by research.

The Pennsylvania Capital Semester

This program is open to students of any major and college at Temple University as well as students of other colleges or universities, and is modeled on a study abroad placement. Students will experience total immersion in state institutions and state politics in Harrisburg.

The Washington Semester

The Washington Semester allows Temple students to gain valuable career experience in the nation’s capital, while remaining full-time students.

Center on Regional Politics

The Center on Regional Politics provides neutral ground and intellectual resources to encourage and support interaction among leaders throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.