The Kansas Institute for Politics was established in 2010 to serve as a resource for students, scholars, historians, researchers, politicians, and the general public. The Institute was founded on the premise that a curious, active and informed citizenry is an essential element of a well-functioning democracy and promotes and makes available informational materials and scholarly research about Kansas politics and history.
Kansas Governors The Kansas Governor is the key figure of Kansas Politics and government. In this section are resources on Kansas Governor's and their administrations. Most notably is the Kansas Governor's Project by the Washburn Department of Political Science, an ongoing research project that has, to date, produced a series of articles, published in the journal "Kansas History," on Governors John Anderson, William Avery, John Carlin, and Mike Hayden. Transcripts of interviews with these governors, along with former governors Bill Graves, Kathleen Sebelius, and Mark Parkinson, are also available. Additionally, a photo archive of rare photos of Kansas governors—many donated by the governors themslves—is featured.
Kansas Political Ads
The Kansas Institute for Politics is the foremost archive dedicated to preserving and allowing access to political radio and television ads from Kansas campaigns over the past forty years. This ongoing project strives to make available not only the ads shown in the state from recent campaigns, but also ads shown in Kansas state and local races from the 1970's, 1980's, and 1990's.
—SPECIAL— Avalanche of Kansas ads in GOP primary races ignore restraint, published in Kansas Reflector, a Kansas Reflector article by Tim Carpenter, 7-30-2020