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Duberstein Group President Joins Faculty

By Jon Hussey

Michael S. Berman has been appointed to American University’s School of Public Affairs as a fellow at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies. In addition to his role with American University, Berman serves as president of the Duberstein Group Inc., a government relations and lobbying firm in Washington, D.C.

Berman has served as Vice President Walter Mondale’s counsel and deputy chief of staff and administrative assistant to Mondale during his time in the Senate.  He was also special assistant attorney general for the State of Minnesota and has advised a number of judicial and executive branch nominees subject to Senate confirmation.

Berman has worked on every Democratic presidential campaign from 1964 to 2000 and every Democratic convention from 1968 to 2004, scheduling the public session at six conventions.  He has also served as an advisor to the Democratic Senatorial and Congressional Campaign Committees and worked on a number of other election campaigns.

“Michael Berman is one of the nation’s leading political experts and we are thrilled to have him join our faculty,” said Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies Director James Thurber.  “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will serve to enhance the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies.”

Berman is on the board of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Children’s Inn at NIH and is the former cochair of the board of the Human Rights Campaign, the country’s largest gay and lesbian advocacy organization. 

He has been a mentor and lecturer at American University’s Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute for 20 years and has organized forums for the center on campaigns and elections.

The Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies provides an integrated teaching, research, and study program focusing on Congress, the presidency, and the interactions of these two basic American institutions. The center, established in 1979, provides a scholarly organization uniquely able to draw on its Washington, D.C., location in the very heart of the city that shapes Congress and the presidency.