Suffolk University’s faculty, students, and alumni are researching and reshaping the political landscape in Massachusetts and around the world. Whether polling for elections, fighting for underrepresented groups, or shaping laws from both in front of and behind the bench, Suffolk students and alumni take an active role in shaping the political and legal landscape of the country.
Suffolk University polls have tracked voter attitudes ahead of elections for the past 15 years. Established in 2002, the Political Research Center conducts statewide polls and bellwether survey analyses in New England and across the country, supplying coveted poll data to USA Today and the Boston Globe during election cycles.
Suffolk’s undergraduate and graduate programs can help you turn your passions into action. Studying between the Massachusetts State House and Boston City Hall, you’ll enjoy unparalleled access to the halls of government and the legislators, policy makers, and others who work there.
Linda Malconian, the first female majority leader in the Massachusetts’s history, officially quit politics in 2005 after 22 years of service. In the decade since, Malconian has been grooming a new generation of leaders and lawmakers as assistant professor in the business law and ethics department and lecturer in the Institute for Public Service.
“Through my connections and networks [at Suffolk], I’ve been able to intern with Senator Elizabeth Warren, work with the City of Boston Election Department and poll workers, and explore a future in public office and campaigns through the Summer Institute Campaign Lab,” says Hannagh Jacobsen, a government and history double major in the Class of 2017.
Adam Foss JD ’08 is using some of the lessons he learned in Suffolk Law’s Defenders Clinic to build a movement for prosecutorial reform in America’s justice system. A former prosecutor, Foss delivered a 2016 TED Talk on the subject, which has since garnered over 1.5 million views.