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Community-Based Research Scholars | Meet the Staff

Our Staff

  1. Jane Palmer, Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Jane Palmer has a Ph.D. in Justice, Law & Society from American University, an M.S.W. from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and a B.A. in Sociology from Smith College. Before coming to AU for her Ph.D., she… More

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    (202) 885-3118

  1. Emily White, Manager, Undergraduate Scholars Program

    Provost, Office of the

    Emily White is the Manager of the Community-Based Research Scholars program and the AU Scholars program. Prior to coming to AU, Emily worked as a Program Coordinator for the University of the District of Columbia Community College Workforce Developm… More

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    (202) 885-3879


Ariel Gomez

Ariel Alexander Gomez
Program Specialist

Ariel is a second-year student and Community-Based Research Scholar from Colesville, MD. He is majoring in Journalism with minors in Graphic Design and Marketing. On campus, Ariel serves as the Communications Director for the Latino & American Student Organization and has served on the CBRS Advisory Council since 2015. Ariel has previously worked with Latino Student Fund as a tutor and mentor at their Cardozo Educational Campus location. Last spring, he worked on a research team for the Maya Angelou Public Charter School as part of the film team for the project. Ariel also writes for The Eagle and takes photographs for various organizations on campus. In the future, he hopes to intern for organizations such as NBC Universal and The Washington Post.

Brandan Persaud

Brandan Persaud
Program Specialist

Brandan is a second-year student at American University. He is a Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government (CLEG) major in the School of Public Affairs. In addition, he is a second-year CBR Scholar and a member of the SPA Leadership Program. Brandan is passionate about issues related to education policy, equal rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and many more. Brandan is from Long Island, New York and loves coffee. This past summer, Brandan worked on campus as a conference assistant and took a few summer classes. Even though he missed being on the beach this summer, he was glad he was able to explore more of DC and try lots of different foods.

Sundas Liaqat

Sundas Liaqat
Graduate Assistant

Sundas is a graduate student pursuing a Master's degree in Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences. This past year, she graduated from the M.A. Social Enterprise program in the School of International Service. She is passionate about women and youth economic rights issues. Last year, she interned for the education and hunger & livelihood departments of Save the Children in their D.C. office. This past summer, she was in Pakistan working as a consultant for The World Bank. Sundas hopes to eventually get her PhD in Public Policy and has recently developed a 16 week curriculum on social entrepreneurship to be taught at business schools in Pakistan for undergraduate and graduate students.