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Connie Morella Joins Faculty

By Jon Hussey

Connie Morella

Former Maryland congresswoman Constance Morella has joined the faculty of American University’s School of Public Affairs as the ambassador in residence of the Women & Politics Institute (WPI).  Morella, who received her master’s degree from the School of Public Affairs in 1967, served as U.S. ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris from 2003 to 2007. She represented Maryland’s 8th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 to 2003.

Morella will be a faculty member in SPA’s Women & Politics Institute, where she is currently  teaching the course, Women, Politics, and Public Policy, a core requirement of the WPPL Certificate program.

Morella served as a professor for 15 years, concurrently serving as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates for the last seven years.  In 1986 she was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a Republican and remained there until 2003.  While in Congress, Morella successfully initiated legislation addressing domestic violence and child support, as well as programs for the elderly, environmental protection, health care reform, and human rights issues. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston University before coming to American University for her master’s.

“We are thrilled to have Ambassador Morella join SPA and the Women & Politics Institute,” said WPI Founder Karen O’Connor. “In Congress, she helped make tremendous strides for women and families and our students are thrilled to learn about this legislation directly from one of the congressional leaders who wrote it.”