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William Bates Center for Public Affairs

Political Science students at the US Capitol building

The William H. Bates Center for Public Affairs at Salem State, established in 1969 in memory of the late Congressman William H. Bates, is housed in the political science department. The mission of the Bates Center includes:

  • fostering academic excellence in the fields of government and politics
  • sponsoring speakers, field trips, internships, and experiential learning activities
  • forging links between the Salem State community and leaders in the field of public service
  • enhancing social science research and scholarship
  • providing the Salem State and the larger North Shore community with access to resources and information related to politics and policy in Massachusetts

With a commitment to expanding experiential learning opportunities for undergraduates, the Bates Center assists students with internship placements in government agencies and non-profit organizations through a variety of programs.

Bates Center programs have included leading policy and law experts, including Federal District Court Judge Nancy Gertner (Ret.) who delivered 2016 Constitution Day address on What’s At Stake in Election 2016: The Supreme Court.

The Bates Center houses the Human Dimensions of Wildlife Unit, which strives to promote coexistence with wildlife through education, research and communication.

Future plans for the Bates Center include faculty social science research seminars, development of an online gateway to resources on state and local government in Massachusetts, and a visiting scholars program.

Please contact Professor Kanishkan Sathasivam, chair, political science department if you are interested in the activities of the Bates Center.

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