The New Hampshire Institute of Politics was founded on the premise that an educated citizenry is vital for a healthy democracy. Since its doors opened in 2001, the Institute has provided a nonpartisan forum for discussion and debate on all aspects of the American political process. Its mission is to educateengage and empower citizens to participate in the civic and political life of their local, national and global communities.

The Institute offers unparalleled opportunities to be in the front row of a democratic process that impacts the world. State representatives, U.S. senators, primary candidates, and campaigners are regular visitors, especially during an election cycle. Citizens hear major policy speeches, high level candidate endorsements, interviews with global leaders, and much more. Nowhere else in northern New England are there so many opportunities to meet today's most prominent thinkers.


The work of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics is made possible in part by an award from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S. Department of Commerce. We thank NIST for its generous support.

NHIOP Facilities

Located on the campus of Saint Anselm College, the Institute is housed in a 20,000-square-foot facility that contains a state-of-the-art auditorium, a fully equipped television studio, a research center, multimedia classrooms, seminar rooms, academic offices, a computer lab, and the Common Ground Café. The facility is regularly used by community organizations such as the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, AARP New Hampshire, American Legion, political groups, and high schools.

In 2010, the New Hampshire Political Library relocated to the Institute, merging two of New Hampshire's great political organizations. A number of the Political Library's board members joined the Institute's board. They continue to carry on the mission and traditions of the library that was founded by Gov. Hugh Gregg and Secretary of State William Gardner to provide programming and exhibits associated with New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

If you are a student, scholar, politician, or interested community member, we invite you to take part in the many programs and events at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. For more information about our upcoming events, joining our mailing list, or requesting use of the Institute's facilities, please contact us at (603) 222-4100 or