Fielding Center for Presidential Leadership Study

2017-2018+EIFF+at+JFK+LibraryThe Fielding Center focuses its energy on studying presidential leadership, separation of powers dynamics, constitutional law, and diplomacy within the American political system. Every year, a select group of Gettysburg College students are selected as Fielding Fellows. Each group of Fielding Fellows completes an in-depth public policy research project sponsored by the U.S. State Department, travels to presidential libraries to conduct archival research, and facilitates on-campus panels and debates that touch on current events.

Fielding Fellows

A cornerstone of the Fielding Center, the Fielding Fellows program provides a select group of Gettysburg College students with an immersive experience centered on the executive branch of the United States. The year-long fellowship focuses on separation of powers dynamics, constitutional law, and diplomacy. Each year, Fielding Fellows travel to a presidential library to conduct archival research, facilitate on-campus panels and debates, and work on an in-depth public policy project.

Learn more about the Fielding Fellows program.

Global public policy work

Each year, the Fielding Center undertakes a yearlong project sponsored by the U.S. State Department's Diplomacy Lab. In the recent years, the Fielding Center has presented its research to embassy officials in Munich and Montenegro.

Public events

The Fielding Center hosts a variety of events throughout the academic year. Almost all of our events are free and open to the public. Learn more about upcoming events at the Eisenhower Institute.

Support our work

Support our work through a gift to the Fielding Center. More information available here.

Our people

  • Scott Boddery
    Director and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Gettysburg College
  • Roy Dawes
    Acting Director and Associate Professor of Political Science at Gettysburg College
  • Fred F. Fielding
    Founder and former White House Counsel to Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush
“I first learned of the following Plato quote when I was a student at Gettysburg: the penalty for wise men who decline to participate in their governance is to be ruled by unwise men.” - Fred Fielding '61