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Marie Fritz

Professorial Lecturer School of Prof & Extd Studies

Additional Positions at AU

  • Co-Chair, Ad Hoc Committee on Term Faculty Language in the Faculty Manual
Dr. Fritz is a political scientist with over 15 years of experience in the areas of social policy research, anti-poverty advocacy, evaluation, and direct social services. After completing her undergraduate degree she spent one year living and working in a homeless shelter for women and children as part of a volunteer service program. She has worked in a variety of programmatic areas including low-income housing, food security, intimate partner violence, transit equity, public entitlements, and youth development. She wrote her dissertation on the impact of gender and familial ideology on contemporary federal housing policy development in the United States. Her academic research and writing focuses on the intersection of social policy, political ideology, and the built environment.

Dr. Fritz has taught seminar courses on Gender and the Law and Critical Race Theory at the University of Maryland, College Park. At American University, Dr. Fritz has taught a variety of experiential learning-focused courses including Transforming Communities and U.S. Politics and Policy in the Washington Semester Program, Introduction to American Government and Introduction to College Inquiry in the Washington Mentorship Program, and Seminar in Applied Politics in the Graduate Gateway Program. She has directed independent study courses on Research and Global Human Rights. She has also developed and instructed DC-based experiential and service learning projects, including public interest lobbying and asset-based community development research, and has supervised student mentored field practicums.

In her consultancy practice Dr. Fritz specializes in program development, curriculum design, mission-to-outcomes alignment, cultural competence, and advocacy evaluation. She also advises candidates for local government office. Dr. Fritz has filmed numerous modules for American University's Online Certificate in Project Monitoring & Evaluation.

Dr. Fritz is actively involved in local government issues. She maintains a blog focused on under-served neighborhoods in the District of Columbia with a particular emphasis on the community east of the Anacostia River where she resides.


Ph.D. in Government and Politics (Public Law and Political Philosophy), University of Maryland, College Park.

Favorite Spot on Campus
The Main Quad
Book Currently Reading
Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women
School of Prof & Extd Studies
Spring Valley Building - 405
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