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]
Department Chair, 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]
Walter J. Oleszek is senior specialist in American national government at the Congressional Research Service. In 1993, he served as policy director of the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress. He is an adjunct professor of political scienc... [More]
James A. Thurber is University Distinguished Professor of Government and Founder (1979) and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (american.edu/spa/ccps) at American University, Washington, D.C. Under his direction, CCPS o... [More]
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer
Tom Williams served on the staff of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (and its predecessor the Interior and Insular Affairs Committee) for more than 25 years. When he left the Committee in January of 1999 and retired from federal s... [More]
Practitioner in Residence
Dante Chinni is the director of the Patchwork Nation project, a Knight Foundation-funded collaboration including the PBS NewsHour and WNYC radio that studies politics, socio-economics and culture in a time of change. Patchwork Nation, a project of th... [More]
Professor DeGregorio's research and teaching focuses on Congress, interest groups and political communications. In her recent book, Networks of Champions: Leadership, Access, and Advocacy, she examines the partnerships that form among officeholders, ... [More]
R. Sam Garrett,
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer
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]
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. A nationally recognized expert on women's involvement... [More]
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]
Executive in Residence
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]
Robert K. Musil is the former CEO of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize-winning Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR). Dr. Musil is a graduate of Yale and holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and an M.P.H. in environmental health from the Johns Ho... [More]
Dr. Jordan Tama specializes in the U.S. foreign policy making process, presidential-congressional relations, strategic planning, intelligence reform, counterterrorism policy, and blue-ribbon commissions. He is the author of Terrorism and National Sec... [More]
Dr. Torben Luetjen was a visiting scholar with CCPS this past year. To read his complete bio, please click here.
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.
Alberto Bitonti, a PhD candidate at the University of Roma Tre, Italy, was a visiting fellow with the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (CCPS) from May through July 2009 and is currently a research fellow at the Center. His PhD thesis focuses on the theoretical concept of public interest, as seen in its different historical and philosophical conception, relation to the legitimacy of lobbying, and the role of pressure groups in the democratic process. Please click here for Mr. Bitonti’s CV.
Maik Bohne, a PhD candidate at the University of Goettingen, Germany, conducted research at the CCPS from February to September 2007. His PhD thesis focuses on the relevance of party networks (party organizations, political consultants, party-connected interest groups) in the 2006 congressional elections. His qualitative, cross-sectional study would add new perspectives on partisan reality in American elections by reassessing the thesis that US campaigns are predominantly candidate-run.
Robert Matschoss conducted research on US presidential primaries for his master's thesis at the Universitat Passau in Germany. He is a student of "Sprachen, Wirtschafts-und Kulturraumstudien" (International Business and Cultural Studies) with a focus on Anglo-American culture.
Qingsi Li was a visiting fellow with the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (CCPS) from August 30, 2004 to August 26, 2005. His research with the Center was on the congressional role in the foreign policy decision-making process. His focus was on the influence of domestic factors over legislators voting behavior toward foreign affairs.
Cristian Vaccari was a visiting fellow with the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (CCPS) from August 1, 2004 to December 30, 2004. His research with the center focused on campaign strategies, styles, and techniques, in an international perspective and through an interdisciplinary approach that seeks to conjugate insights and methodologies from political science, sociology, and communication science.