Our Mission


The Center for Public Policy and Social Research (CPPSR), making use of the full range of University resources, is dedicated to enriching the quality of public policy, public service, applied research, University outreach, and community engagement throughout Connecticut, nationally and internationally.



Fulfilling the Mission


Working closely with its affiliated units, CPPSR carries out its mission with vigilant adherence to the principles of academic freedom, non-partisanship, sound ethics and respect for diverse community values. In implementing these principles, CPPSR provides its staff with opportunities for professional development and personal growth to better serve the public good.


Designated as a Connecticut Higher Education Center of Excellence and housing the Governor William A. O’Neill Endowed Chair in Public Policy and Practical Politics, CPPSR utilizes expert faculty, dedicated staff, motivated student research assistants and state-of-the-art technology to provide a wide range of professional training, research, program evaluation, analysis and consulting services to municipal and state governments, public policymakers, not-for-profit organizations and the greater community.


CPPSR develops and facilitates faculty and student projects that advance their scholarship, community engagement and applied research experiences. CPPSR believes that by providing students with opportunities for hands-on experience in the policy-making process, in which they can help to make a measurable difference in improving the quality of life for their fellow citizens, students will be encouraged to engage in public service.


Through its archival and oral history programs, CPPSR promotes greater understanding and appreciation of the significant contribution of Connecticut’s citizens to our state and nation.


CPPSR further serves Connecticut by providing a forum for the framing and debate of a myriad of current, critical public policy issues, and by collaborating with faculty and academic departments to identify and develop non-partisan, evidence-based policy options.



Political Science 491: The Kennedy Presidency

Fall 2015

October 6, 2014 - Special O'Neill Archives Advisory Board Meeting

At an April 29 luncheon, Mrs. Nikki O’Neill speaks with students of CCSU’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP).


Students in attendance included both O’Neill Public Service Scholarship recipients and EOP students who will be travelling to China this May through a partnership of the O’Neill Endowed Chair, Confucius Institute and Center for International Education (CIE).

December 7, 2014 – Attending the 9th Annual Global Confucius Institute Conference in Xiamen, China, seen l-r are: Professor Tony Ma, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at CCSU; Provost Carl Lovitt, Vice President of Academic Affairs at CCSU; and Steven Kliger, Director of the Confucius Institute at CCSU (and CPPSR’s Executive Director).

Clockwise from far right: Madelyn Sowinski, Rich Balducci, Dave McQuade, Eileen Daily, Tony Milano, Steve Kliger, Dick Foley, Con O'Leary, Awilda Reasco, John Pasco and Suleman Butt.

A three day CT Town Clerks Association seminar was held at CCSU in December 2014. In a day-long session, Dr. David Fearon,  Professor of Management and Organization at CCSU, is seen here as he engages and instructs on Quality in the Town Clerks Office.

September 25, 2014 - Confucius Institute (CI) Director Steve Kliger in attendance at a reception with Ambassador, Consul General Sun Guoxiang, at the Chinese Consulate in New York City


Left to right: Deputy Consul General Zhang Meifang, Barbara Reiner, Ambassador Sun Guoxiang, Consul General and Confucius Institute Director Steve Kliger