In the spirit of former U.S. Senator John Tower’s commitment to educate and inspire the next generation of leaders, the Tower Center seeks to bridge the gap between the world of ideas and scholarship and the practice of politics. Our mission is two fold:

  • To promote the study of politics and international affairs and
  • To stimulate an interest in ethical public service among undergraduates.

We are an academic center in which all parties and views are heard in a marketplace of ideas, and we pursue our mission in a non-partisan manner.


Center Spotlight

Every month we interview one of our affiliates to highlight their research, accomplishments and experiences. This month, read about changing role of religion in domestic politics with Tower Center Senior Fellow Matthew Wilson, founding director of the Center for Faith and Learning and associate professor of political science at SMU.



Scholar Spotlight

Every month we interview a Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar in order to share their unique experiences and stories. This month read about senior David Shirzad and his quest to give students a voice on SMU's campus.