Faculty, Fellows and Visiting Scholars

Scroll through the listings below to learn more about the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies' faculty, fellows, and visiting scholars.


CCPS Faculty


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/Pe

  griffin@american.edu

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

  cnelson@american.edu

  (202) 885-2338

Fellows


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

  crouch@american.edu

  (202) 895-4974

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,

  edelson@american.edu

  (202) 885-6218

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 a

  samg@american.edu

  (202) 885-3491

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

  lawless@american.edu

  (202) 885-6452

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 Polit

  leighley@american.edu

  (202) 885-6220

David Lublin Professor SPA - Government

The recipient of two grants from the National Science Foundation grants and a fellowship from the German Marshall Fund, David Lublin has authored three books, including Minority Rules: Electoral Syste

  dlublin@american.edu

  (202) 885-2913

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 an

  mcbride@american.edu

  (202) 885-6604

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 he

  rtm@american.edu

  (202) 885-6470

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 Democ

  aprevost@american.edu

  (202) 885-6246

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. Th

  suhay@american.edu

  (202) 885-6258

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, foreig

  tama@american.edu

  (202) 885-2332

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 Ame

  mwright@american.edu

  (202) 885-6458

Visiting Scholars


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.