Welcome to the Tower Center

About the Tower Center

The John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies was created to commemorate the late US senator whose life was dedicated to public service and education. In the spirit of John Tower‘s commitment to educate and inspire a new generation of thoughtful leaders, the Tower Center seeks to bridge the gap between the world of ideas, scholarship and teaching, and the practice of politics. The primary mission of the Tower Center is to promote the study of politics and international affairs and to stimulate an interest in ethical public service among undergraduates. The Tower Center is an academic center where all parties and views are heard in a marketplace of ideas, and the Center will pursue its mission in a non partisan manner.

Academic Distinction

The Tower Center in SMU’s Dedman College reaches students from middle school through post-doctoral studies, with particular emphasis on undergraduate teaching. The Tower Center supports several programs of study at SMU. Nearly 10 percent of undergraduates have a Tower Center connection.

Hands-On Research

The Tower Center enables the brightest scholars to pursue independent research in domestic and foreign policy. Research programs focus on national security and defense, the international political economy, and American democracy and political development.

Public Outreach

Through classes, seminars, public lectures and international conferences, the Tower Center contributes to informed debate on public policy challenges that confront our nation and the world. The center fosters important dialogue by bringing leaders to Texas like Richard Butler, Dick Cheney, William Cohen, Richard Fisher, Tony Garza, Tamar Jacobi, Henry Kissinger, Richard Lugar, Gillian Sorensen, Ruth Wedgwood and James Woolsey, among many others.

Tower Center Forum

To support these programs and vital research, join the SMU Tower Center Forum. Membership gives you the opportunity to advance the pursuit of solutions to the important issues facing the world. You also will be invited to compelling conferences, lectures, briefings and other events with the leading voices shaping public policy today. For information, visit the web site or call 214-768-1900.