The Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government educates students about the importance of state and local governments and encourages them to participate in state and local affairs as volunteers, interns, and future leaders. It engages in local, regional, national, and international public service, training, and outreach to state and local governments and civic organizations. It also promotes scholarly and applied research.  The Center is directed by Prof. John Kincaid.



Meyner Center news ranges from a keynote address in Germany to a letter in the Wall Street Journal, from moderating a state senate debate to hosting a talk by the mayor of Philadelphia.

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The nonpartisan Meyner Center’s work has included hosting USIA/Fulbright summer institutes for young international scholars, National Endowment for the Humanities summer institutes for high-school teachers, as well as visiting scholars, public officials, and delegations from abroad.

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Government and Civic Services

The Meyner Center provides services, programs, studies, and training to municipal governments to assist them in being efficient and productive.

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A paper written by director John Kincaid explores the controversial 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Reports cover local government consultations and a survey on bioterrorism preparedness.

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Those conducting the Center’s work are director John Kincaid, the Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Professor of Government and Public Service; David L. Woglom, associate director of public service; and Terry Cooper, administrative assistant.

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Robert B. & Helen S. Meyner Center
002 Kirby Hall of Civil Rights
Lafayette College
Easton, PA 18042-1785
(610) 330-5598
Fax: (610) 330-5648