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Diane Lowenthal

School of Prof & Extd Studies
Diane Lowenthal is the Senior Associate Dean in SPExS. She came to AU in 2000 to teach American Politics Seminars and supervise Research Projects for the Washington Semester Program. Prior to joining AU, Dr. Lowenthal taught American Politics courses (including Campaigns and Elections, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, and Women and Politics) at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. Recent research (in collaboration with Dr. Jeffrey Sosland) has focused on experiential education and internships. Lowenthal and Sosland won an award for their APSA paper on Internship Supervisors as Forgotten Educators, a paper that was subsequently published in the Journal of Political Science Education.

Dr. Lowenthal earned a PhD in Social and Decision Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University. Her doctoral dissertation, “What Voters Care About: How Electoral Context Influences Issue Salience in Political Campaigns," was funded by a National Science Foundation grant.

Dr. Lowenthal earned an A.B. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in Political Science. She graduated with distinction and high honors for her thesis on the Office of Economic Opportunity. She spent her junior year abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Between undergraduate and graduate degrees, Dr. Lowenthal worked as Director of the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO). She has also worked in the Cook County (Illinois) Clerk’s office, on several campaigns, and for an independent public opinion pollster.


Ph.D. Social and Decision Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University
B.A. Poltical Science, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Favorite Spot on Campus
Spring Valley Building
Languages Spoken
School of Prof & Extd Studies
Spring Valley Building - 433
Office hours: By appointment
Contact Info
(202) 895-4915 (Office)

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  • Fall 2017

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