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Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies

CCPS Faculty

  1. Patrick Griffin, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Dr. Patrick J. Griffin teaches a graduate seminar on the legislative process and is the academic director of the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute for CCPS. In addition, he is working on the AU/Pew Charitable Trusts "Improving Campaign Conduct" r… More

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  2. Candice Nelson, Professor and Department Chair, Government

    SPA - Government

    Candice J. Nelson is a Professor in the Department of Government and the Academic Director of the Campaign Management Institute. She is an expert on presidential and congressional elections, and also studies voting behavior, campaign finance, and cam… More

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    (202) 885-2338

  3. James Thurber, Distinguished Professor

    SPA - Government

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  1. Jeffrey Crouch, Assistant Professor

    School of Prof & Extd Studies

    Dr. Jeffrey Crouch is an assistant professor of American politics at American University. He is the Editor of AU's Congress & the Presidency journal. His first book, The Presidential Pardon Power, was published by the University Press of Kansas in 20… More

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    (202) 895-4974

  2. Chris Edelson, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Government

    Chris Edelson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government. His teaching and research interests focus on presidential national security power under the U.S. Constitution. His first book, Emergency Presidential Power: From the Drafting of… More

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    (202) 885-6218

  3. R. Sam Garrett, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Government

    R. Sam Garrett holds a Ph.D. in political science, M.P.A. and B.A. (summa cum laude), all from American University’s School of Public Affairs. He serves as Specialist in American National Government at the Congressional Research Service, Library of C… More

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    (202) 885-3491

  4. Jennifer Lawless, Professor

    SPA - Government

    Jennifer L. Lawless graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York, with a B.A. in political science. She went on to receive an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. Her research focuses on political ambition, and she i… More

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    (202) 885-6452

  5. Jan Leighley, Professor

    SPA - Government

    Jan E. Leighley's research and teaching interests focus on American political behavior, voter turnout, media and politics, and racial/ethnic political behavior. She has published in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Polit… More

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    (202) 885-6220

  6. Anita McBride, Executive in Residence

    SPA - School of Public Affairs

    Anita B. McBride is Executive-in-Residence at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, DC. She directs programming and national conferences on the legacies of America’… More

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    (202) 885-6604

  7. Ryan Moore, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Government

    Ryan T. Moore is assistant professor of Government in the School of Public Affairs. His research interests include American politics, the politics of social policies (such as pensions, welfare, and health), and statistical methods, especially for cau… More

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    (202) 885-6470

  8. Alicia Prevost

    SPA - Government

    Alicia Kolar Prevost brings more than 10 years of experience in government and politics to her American government classes. She has worked at the Democratic National Committee, the 2000 and 2004 Democratic National Conventions, and on state and local… More

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    (202) 885-6246

  9. Elizabeth Suhay, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Government

    Liz Suhay specializes in the study of public opinion, political psychology, and political communication, all within the U.S. context. Her current research agenda is divided between two topic areas. The first is the relationship between Americans’ pol… More

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    (202) 885-6258

  10. Jordan Tama, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Jordan Tama specializes in the politics, processes, and institutions of U.S. foreign and national security policy making. His research has investigated presidential-congressional relations, foreign policy bipartisanship, national security strateg… More

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    (202) 885-2332

  11. Matthew Wright, Associate Professor

    SPA - Government

    Professor Wright has taught courses on American politics, public opinion, political psychology, immigration, and political methodology. In his research, he has explored numerous topics relevant to American politics and comparative politics more gener… More

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    (202) 885-6458

Visiting Scholars

CCPS Fellow John Owens

John E. Owens

John E. Owens is Adjunct Research Fellow at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies. He is Professor of United States Government and Politics in the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster where he is Director of CSD's Legislative Governance Project. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.