Consistent with the University’s tradition of wide-ranging political debate, the Institute of Politics brings together leaders, fellows, and students from a broad spectrum of political beliefs and experiences.
The University of Chicago has a long tradition of diversity of political thought, embracing innovative thinkers with an array of political viewpoints. The University has given rise to some of the most noted political leaders and thinkers of the last century. The list of alumni and former faculty members includes Sen. Paul Douglas, Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, Sen. Charles Percy, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Attorney General Edward Levi, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, and President Barack Obama.
Alumni of the University also have made prominent contributions to public service journalism, including Washington Post Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist David Broder, AB’47, AM’51; Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders AB '64, New York Times columnist David Brooks, AB’83; Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Daniel Gilbert, AB’05; Washington Post Pulitzer Prize-winning publisher and author Katharine Graham, AB’38; Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, AB’58; New York Times editorial board member Brent Staples, AM’76, PhD’82; and Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago writer Studs Terkel, PhB’32, JD’34.