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Jolynn Gardner

Jolynn Gardner

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Director, Public Health Program

Jolynn Gardner is the Director of American University’s Public Health Program. She earned a doctorate in Community Health Education and Health Services Administration from The Ohio State University and she is certified as a Health Education Speciali... [More]

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202-885-3943
CAS - Biology


Blake Bennett

Blake Bennett

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Assistant Director of Public Health Scholars

Blake Bennett received his PhD in Environmental Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He currently serves as the Assistant Director for the Public Health Scholars. His research interests are in environmental health including st... [More]

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202-885-6873
CAS - Environmental Science


Jody Gan

Jody Gan

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Instructor

Jody Gan is an instructor in the School of Education, Teaching, and Health and the College of Arts and Science’s Department of Public Health. With 25 years of experience planning, implementing and evaluating health programs at the local, state, and ... [More]

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202-885-6872
CAS - Health Promotion Program


Affiliated Faculty

Monica Biradavolu

Monica Biradavolu

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Scholar in Residence

Monica Biradavolu joined AU in 2010 and is affiliated to the Department of Sociology and the Center on Health, Risk and Society (CHRS). She holds a PhD in Sociology from Duke University and a BA in Sociology from Delhi University. She has previously ... [More]

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202-895-4971
CAS - Sociology


Kim Blankenship

Kim Blankenship

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Department Chair, Sociology

Kim M. Blankenship, PhD, is Professor and Chair in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Center on Health, Risk and Society at American University. She previously served on the faculty of Sociology at Duke University and at the Duke Global ... [More]

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202-885-6211
CAS - Sociology


Wendy Boland

Wendy Boland

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Associate Professor

Professor Boland joined the Marketing Department at Kogod in the fall of 2008 after receiving her Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on consumer decision making, risky consumption, consumer well-being, information... [More]

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202-885-1976
KSB - Marketing


Miguel Carter

Miguel Carter

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Scholar in Residence

Dr. Miguel Carter is an expert in international development, democratic governance and elections, poverty and inequality reduction, rural and community development, religion and civil society, human rights, social movements, and Latin America. He i... [More]

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202-885-1657
SIS - School of International Service


Victoria Connaughton

Victoria Connaughton

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Associate Professor

Dr. Connaughton’s research interests encompass the disciplines of developmental biology (nervous system development) and neurobiology. Specifically, she is interested in examining the relation between visually-guided behaviors in larval teleosts and ... [More]

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202-885-2188


Caroline Cooper

Caroline Cooper

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Director, Justice Programs Office

Caroline Cooper has been involved with the provision of technical assistance, evaluation, and training services to courts and other adjudication system agencies engaged in judicial improvement efforts. She has also been a practicing attorney, an assi... [More]

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202-885-2874
SPA - JPO/JLC


Katie DeCicco-Skinner

Katie DeCicco-Skinner

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Associate Professor

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202-885-2193
CAS - Biology


Maria De Jesus

Maria De Jesus

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Maria De Jesus brings to AU a wealth of research and teaching experiences in the area of health communication and promotion, a critical area of focus in interstate and transnational relations. Her research examines the role of cross-cultural heal... [More]

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202-885-6392
SIS-School of Intl Service


Daniel Esser

Daniel Esser

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Esser investigates aid effectiveness in the context of local, national and global development policies and programs. He focuses on three interrelated fields: [1] local (in particular urban) governance in the context of armed conflict, [2] global ... [More]

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202-885-1892
SIS-School of Intl Service


Sonya Grier

Sonya Grier

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Associate Professor

Professor Grier conducts interdisciplinary research on topics related to target marketing, race in the marketplace, the social impact of commercial marketing, and social marketing. Her current research investigates the relationship between marketing ... [More]

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202-885-1971
KSB - Marketing


David Haaga

David Haaga

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Professor and Department Chair, Psychology

Dave Haaga is a Professor of Psychology and has been a faculty member at American University since 1989. Dr. Haaga received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California and completed postdoctoral training in cognitive the... [More]

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202-885-1718
CAS - Psychology


Monica Jackson

Monica Jackson

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Associate Professor

Monica Christine Jackson was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She obtained a B.S. and M.S. degree in mathematics from Clark Atlanta University. She completed a PhD in applied mathematics and computational science from University of Maryland.... [More]

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202-885-1509
CAS - Math & Statistics


Jocelyn Johnston

Jocelyn Johnston

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Associate Professor

Professor Johnston’s current research focuses on government contracting, public management, and intergovernmental programs and policy. Her publications can be seen in such scholarly journals as the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory... [More]

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202-885-2608
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Kimberly Leighton

Kimberly Leighton

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Assistant Professor

Kim Leighton was raised in the Boston area, and has spent much of her life in New York and Western Mass. She spent her junior year abroad studying at Oxford University. After finishing her dissertation in philosophy on understandings of self-knowledg... [More]

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202-885-2415
CAS - Philosophy and Religion


Robin Lumsdaine

Robin Lumsdaine

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Professor

Robin Lumsdaine joined the Kogod School of Business at American University as the Crown Prince of Bahrain Chair in International Finance. She was previously an Associate Director in the Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation and Head of the Q... [More]

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202-885-1964
KSB - Finance and Real Estate


Elizabeth Malloy

Elizabeth Malloy

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Associate Professor

Professor Malloy received her PhD in Statistics from the University of New Mexico and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research interests include functional data analysis, biostatistics,... [More]

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202-885-3614
CAS - Math & Statistics


Sarah Menke-Fish

Sarah Menke-Fish

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Director, University College and Learning Communities and Assistant Professor

Sarah Menke-Fish is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. She is a master teacher in the School of Communication. She serves as associate director for the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, launched and directs Discover the World of Communi... [More]

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202-885-2098
SOC - School of Communication


Kathryn Montgomery

Kathryn Montgomery

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Professor

Kathryn Montgomery is a full-time professor and Director of the Communication Studies Division. She is also founding Director of AU’s 3-year PhD program in Communication. Throughout her career, Dr. Montgomery has written and published extensively a... [More]

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202-885-2680
SOC - School of Communication


Michelle Newton-Francis

Michelle Newton-Francis

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Newton-Francis is a cultural sociologist whose research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of the production and reception of popular culture, work and labor, and body and embodiment. From 2010-2012 she served as council member and ... [More]

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202-885-2485
CAS - Sociology


Jane Palmer

Jane Palmer

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Professorial Lecturer

Jane Palmer has a Ph.D. in Justice, Law & Society from American University and an M.S.W. from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She worked for more than a decade in community-based organizations in Holyoke,... [More]

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202-885-3118
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Maria Pospieszalska

Maria Pospieszalska

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Professorial Lecturer

Prior to joining AU, Dr. Maria K. Pospieszalska held research scientist positions at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Virginia, the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Cardiovascular Research Center, University ... [More]

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202-885-6472
CAS - Math & Statistics


Rachel Robinson

Rachel Robinson

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Associate Professor

Dr. Robinson is a sociologist and demographer whose research focuses on the politics of population, reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. She has studied the process of population policy adoption, the emergence of reproductive heal... [More]

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202-885-1636
SIS-School of Intl Service


Larry Sawers

Larry Sawers

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Professor

Professor Sawers teaching interests are: Economic development and U.S. Economic History

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202-885-3766
CAS - Economics


Jeremy Shiffman

Jeremy Shiffman

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Professor

Jeremy Shiffman is Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University. A political scientist by training, he researches the politics of health policy and administration in poor countries. He has a particular interest in health agend... [More]

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202-885-3653
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Chenyang Xiao

Chenyang Xiao

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Associate Professor

Dr. Xiao earned his MA at University of Toledo, OH, and PhD at Washington State University. His main research interests include environmental beliefs, attitudes, behaviors and public opinion over environmental issues. He is also interested in applied... [More]

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202-885-2426
CAS - Sociology


Thespina Yamanis

Thespina Yamanis

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Thespina (Nina) Yamanis’ professional interests are in identifying the mechanisms that link social and economic conditions to global health disparities and in designing community-based interventions to improve health among the most vulnerable gro... [More]

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202-885-6562
SIS-School of Intl Service


Brian Yates

Brian Yates

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Professor

Dr. Yates has published 77 articles and book chapters, plus 5 books. Most of his publications apply cost-effectiveness or cost-benefit analysis to the systematic evaluation and improvement of human services. Dr. Yates has conducted Cost - Procedure -... [More]

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202-885-1727
CAS - Psychology