Center for C-SPAN Scholarship & Engagement

The Center for C-SPAN Scholarship & Engagement (CCSE) is a unique resource at Purdue University within the Brian Lamb School of Communication and the College of Liberal Arts.  It focuses on discovery, learning, and engagement using the C-SPAN Archives.


To increase access to the use of the C-SPAN Archives and related public resources for scholarly activity by faculty and students

Research is a key element of the center’s initiatives. Using some of the over 237,000 hours of C-SPAN political history over the past 30 years, faculty and students will be able to examine important elements of our political past.  The scholarship will be dedicated to the spirit of the C-SPAN mission including access and transparency of governmental institutions.  The center will also host and participate in national organization meetings to foster research using the C-SPAN Video Library.

  • Fund research grants to faculty
  • Sponsor workshops and panels at national meetings


To increase access to the use of the C-SPAN Archives and related public resources for classroom activity by faculty and students

Increasing the use of the Archives in classrooms is at the heart of the CCSE mission, whether it is by faculty to instruct or by students to learn the role government plays in their lives.  The center will train and encourage the use of the C-SPAN Video Library through student assignments as ways to innovate the delivery of ideas using videos and especially C-SPAN unedited, primary source video.  In addition, the center will provide experiential learning, offering opportunities to participate in the political process first hand by attending, for example, a presidential inauguration or the Iowa Caucuses.  An annual spring Maymester program in the nation’s capital will be sponsored to give students important access to leaders in Washington DC.  Students will have the opportunity to hear and engage with national leaders during these two-week sessions.

  • Promote and assist students and faculty in the use of Archive video in the classroom
  • Provide opportunities for students to watch and participate in the political process
  • Sponsor an annual Maymester program in Washington, DC to give students exposure to national leaders


To build partnerships between students, scholars, and the wider public by focusing attention on public affairs issues

Using the elements derived in Discovery and Learning, the Center will then foster ways to engage students, faculty, and the public in forums.  National leaders and journalists will be brought in to expose them to ideas in applied research and engagement in political communication.

  • Bring in nationally recognized leaders and journalists to Purdue to interact with students and faculty

CCSE Managing Director
Connie Doebele
Phone: 765-496-1706


Faculty Director, CCSE
Dr. Robert X. Browning

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

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