Carrie Giddins is an adjunct professor at the School of Public Affairs. In 2008, Giddins launched Giddy Up! Communications, a political communications consulting firm. In February 2008, she was named the political operative to watch by Politico and in June 2008, a Campaigns and Elections Magazine Rising Star.
Prior to coming to American University, she was a visiting lecturer at the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) at The George Washington University hired to teach and help revamp the communications curriculum. She serves as the President of the GSPM Alumni Association.
Carrie Giddins served as the communications director for the Iowa Democratic Party for the 2008 Iowa Caucuses, helping run the most successful and most widely attended caucuses in history.
A native of New York City, Giddins has worked in politics for over 15 years. Before her year in Iowa, Giddins was the deputy communications director for EMILY’s List, a political action committee helping to elect democratic women.
In 2004, she was the deputy communications director for John Kerry’s presidential campaign in Iowa. In 2002, Giddins worked in political direct mail in San Francisco, also doing general consulting for local and statewide California candidates. Giddins was the program manager for the League of Conservation Voters, running the GOTV effort in 42 states in the 2000 election.
She has also done stints on the Hill, at political consulting firms, at a national non-profit and at a national party committee. Giddins graduated from Skidmore College in upstate New York, has an M.A. from the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University and an M.S. from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.