Public Affairs Institute

Over the past decades, the Public Affairs Institute at Alma College has embraced civic engagement, encouraging students to get involved in local, national and international projects.

Alma’s Public Affairs Institute offers interdisciplinary experiences for students who, regardless of particular majors, have common academic and career interests in public affairs. Learn more >>

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  • Edward Lorenz
    Chair and Reid-Knox Professor of History, Professor of Political Science & Public Affairs Director
    Swanson Academic Center 355
    (989) 463-7203


Recent Stories

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    Alma students are producing educational materials about worker-owned cooperatives. They recently presented their project at an international research conference in Croatia.

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    “It is a real honor to have Alma College’s name on a plaque in place like that.” — Ed Lorenz.

  • Spending a day at the KBI puts visitors right where they can learn the most about the migrant experience—at the border.

    On a bright February morning in Nogales, Sonora, eleven students from Alma College in Michigan line up in the comedor (soup kitchen) with KBI staff and other volunteers to greet the migrants patiently waiting to enter. These migrants, many deported to Nogales from other points along the border, have endured long, often harrowing, journeys, and carry everything they own in daypacks or plastic bags bearing the insignia of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Read more >>