St. Louis City Hall


The SURGE lab studies the extent to which local government is responsive to the interests of its constituents. We believe that by building a better understanding of how constituents become informed and engaged around their communities we can understand the kinds of local and civic engagement that are critical for a healthy democracy. Founded by Professor Andrew Reeves and Professor Betsy Sinclair, SURGE lab collaborators reach across the social sciences to produce cutting-edge empirical, theoretically-grounded research. We’d love for you to join us. Contact us at