(CNN) – David Axelrod, senior strategist to the President's reelection campaign, will lead a new academic politics institute at the University of Chicago after this year's presidential election, the school announced on Thursday.
"The new, non-partisan institute will offer politically engaged students more opportunities to study and participate in civic life in Chicago and around the nation," the University said in a statement, promising internships for students and visiting fellows.
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Axelrod was a senior advisor in the Obama White House and Obama 2008 campaign, before departing to work on the President's reelection campaign. He will direct the Institute beginning in early 2013, after this year's election.
Before entering politics, Obama was on the faculty of the University's law school, and Axelrod earned his bachelor's degree from the University.