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Department of Public Administration & Policy Faculty

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The Department of Public Administration and Policy faculty includes leading scholars across a variety of areas within public administration, public policy, and organization development. This breadth of faculty expertise serves as the foundation for cutting-edge research on a broad range of issues and the education of students to think critically about public service.

Full-Time Faculty

Anna Amirkhanyan

Anna Amirkhanyan

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Associate Professor

Professor Amirkhanyan’s research and teaching focuses on public and nonprofit management, public sector reform, organizational performance, social policy, research methodology, and intellectual history of public administration. Amirkhanyan’s articles... [More]

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202-885-6289
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Karen Baehler

Karen Baehler

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Scholar in Residence

Professor Karen Baehler holds a Ph.D. in Policy Sciences from the University of Maryland (1999), where she also earned a Master of Public Policy (1991). Her B.A. is from St. Olaf College (1981), where she majored in Philosophy. Professor Baehler brin... [More]

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202-885-6072
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Scott A. Bass

Scott A. Bass

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Professor

Scott A. Bass is the Provost at AU and Professor of Public Administration and Policy. A Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, Dr. Bass received the Donald P. Kent Award for exhibiting the highest standards for professional leadership in ge... [More]

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202-885-2127
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Robert Durant

Robert Durant

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Professor

Professor Durant’s teaching and research focus is executive branch politics, public management, policy implementation, environmental policy, and administrative reform. He has received seven book awards, two best article awards, and the prestigious Ch... [More]

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202-885-2509
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Lewis Faulk

Lewis Faulk

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Assistant Professor

Lewis Faulk’s research spans the topics of foundation grant-making, competition in the nonprofit sector, diversity and wages in the nonprofit workforce, and nonprofit management. He has a Ph.D. in Public Policy with a concentration in Nonprofit and P... [More]

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202-885-6384
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Daniel Fiorino

Daniel Fiorino

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Distinguished Executive in Residence

Daniel J. Fiorino is the Director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Executive in Residence in the School of Public Affairs at American University. As a faculty member in the Department of Public Administration and Policy, he teaches courses ... [More]

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202-885-3864
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Seth Gershenson

Seth Gershenson

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Seth Gershenson holds a PhD from Michigan State University in Economics with a primary focus on education policy. While at Michigan State, he taught several courses and received an Outstanding Teaching award. Professor Gershenson has also been ho... [More]

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202-885-2687
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Bradley Hardy

Bradley Hardy

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Assistant Professor

Bradley Hardy is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy. His research interests lie within labor economics, with an emphasis on economic instability, intergenerational mobility, poverty policy, and socio-economic outcomes. Within ... [More]

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202-885-3881
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Alison Jacknowitz

Alison Jacknowitz

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Associate Professor

Alison Jacknowitz (PhD, Policy Analysis) is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy. She regularly teaches Methods of Problem Solving I, Social Policy and Programs, and Public Program Evaluation. Jacknowitz has been the recipient o... [More]

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202-885-2137
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Jocelyn Johnston

Jocelyn Johnston

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Associate Professor

Professor Johnston’s current research focuses on government contracting, public management, and intergovernmental programs and policy. Her publications can be seen in such scholarly journals as the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory... [More]

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202-885-2608
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Nicholas Kahn

Nicholas Kahn

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Instructor

Nick Kahn is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at American University. His research interests include child welfare policy, labor economics, applied microeconomics, health, and social policy. Nick’s dissertation is an empirical investigation into the ex... [More]

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202-885-2372
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Rebecca Keiser

Rebecca Keiser

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Executive in Residence

Rebecca Spyke Keiser joined American University as an Executive in Residence on April 28, 2014. She will be focusing on policy analysis and research related to public-private partnerships and innovation in space. She also is Special Assistant to the ... [More]



Andrew Kline

Andrew Kline

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Professorial Lecturer

Andrew Kline is a term faculty member in American University’s School of Public Affairs, Department of Public Administration and Policy, where he teaches graduate-level courses in Public-Private Partnerships and the Legal Basis for Public Policy. He ... [More]



Laura Langbein

Laura Langbein

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Professor

Professor Langbein teaches quantitative methods, program evaluation, policy analysis, and public choice. Her research fields include: theories of bureaucratic discretion, productivity, principal-agent models, social capital, and cooperation in the wo... [More]

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202-885-6233
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Constance Lindsay

Constance Lindsay

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Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Constance A. Lindsay is currently a Professorial Lecturer in the School of Public Affairs at American University. Dr. Lindsay obtained a doctorate in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University in 2010. While at Northwestern... [More]

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202-885-2307


Patrick Malone

Patrick Malone

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Executive in Residence

Professor Malone is an Executive-in-Residence in the Department of Public Administration and Policy where he teaches courses in public sector leadership, executive problem solving, organizational analysis, action learning, leadership ethics, and publ... [More]

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202-885-6489
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Robert Marshak

Robert Marshak

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Distinguished Scholar in Residence

Dr. Marshak has taught organization dynamics and change leadership in SPA since 1977. His areas of expertise include: organizational change and development, organizational discourse, and organization theory and behavior. Dr. Marshak has served on the... [More]

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202-885-6207
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Howard McCurdy

Howard McCurdy

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Professor

Dr. Howard McCurdy is professor of public affairs in the public administration and policy department at American University in Washington, D.C. Public management, organization theory, science policy, and financial management are the focus of Professo... [More]

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202-885-6236
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Taryn Morrissey

Taryn Morrissey

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Morrissey's work centers on examining and improving public policies for vulnerable children. Ongoing research examines the social determinants of food insecurity and obesity, and the impacts of neighborhood poverty and family instability and chil... [More]

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202-885-6323
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Daniel Mullins

Daniel Mullins

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Associate Professor

Professor Mullin's research has focused on fiscal reform and decentralization, intergovernmental fiscal systems, the effects of tax and expenditure limitations on state and local fiscal structure, the implications of demographic changes for state and... [More]

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202-885-6117
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Jane Palmer

Jane Palmer

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Professorial Lecturer

Jane Palmer has a Ph.D. in Justice, Law & Society from American University and an M.S.W. from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She worked for more than a decade in community-based organizations in Holyoke,... [More]

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202-885-3118
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David Pitts

David Pitts

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Department Chair, Public Administration and Policy

David Pitts is chair of the Department of Public Administration & Policy. His research examines diversity issues in public management and policy, with particular interests in race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation in K-12 and postsecondary education... [More]

202-885-2377
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Daniel Puskin

Daniel Puskin

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Professorial Lecturer

Daniel Puskin is a Professorial Lecturer of Public Administration and Policy. He teaches quantitative methods and economics for policy analysis. Before joining American, he worked as an economist in the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Securit... [More]

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202-885-6210
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Barbara Romzek

Barbara Romzek

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Dean, School of Public Affairs

Dean of the School of Public Affairs at American University, Dr. Barbara Romzek is recognized for her expertise in the area of public management and accountability with emphases on government reform, contracting, and network service delivery. Her res... [More]

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202-885-2940
SPA - Dean's Office


David Rosenbloom

David Rosenbloom

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Distinguished Professor

Distinguished Professor of Public Administration, Rosenbloom specializes in constitutional-administrative law, administrative theory, history, reform, and personnel management. A major contributor to the field and a National Academy of Public Adminis... [More]

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202-885-2361
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Jeremy Shiffman

Jeremy Shiffman

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Professor

Jeremy Shiffman is Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University. A political scientist by training, he researches the politics of health policy and administration in poor countries. He has a particular interest in health agend... [More]

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202-885-3653
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Edmund Stazyk

Edmund Stazyk

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Assistant Professor

Professor Stazyk's research focuses on the application of organization theory and behavior to public management, public administration theory, and human resource management. His primary interests are in the areas of organizational and individual perf... [More]

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202-885-6362
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Erdal Tekin

Erdal Tekin

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Professor

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202-885-6361
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Robert Tobias

Robert Tobias

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Distinguished Practitioner in Residence

Robert Tobias teaches courses in public management, leadership, facilitation and team development, conflict management and alternative dispute resolution, and managing labor management relations. In addition, he is the Director of the Institute for t... [More]

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202-885-6271
SPA - Key Leadership Program


Sonja Walti

Sonja Walti

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Walti is an international scholar in public policy. Her fields of specialization include comparative public policy and public administration, policy analysis, comparative federalism, and environmental policy. She has conducted research related to... [More]

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202-885-3738
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Vicky Wilkins

Vicky Wilkins

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Professor

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202-885-6443
SPA - Public Admin and Policy


Ruth Zaplin

Ruth Zaplin

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Executive in Residence

Dr. Ruth Zaplin is an Executive-in-Residence, School of Public Affairs, Department of Public Administration & Policy and Director of International Programs, Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. Dr. Zaplin served as a senior advis... [More]

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SPA - Key Leadership Program


MPA/MPP Adjunct Faculty

Jean Accius

Jean Accius

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Jean Accius is an expert in aging, Medicaid and long-term care issues. He is a Senior Strategic Policy Advisor within the Office of Policy Integration at AARP. In this capacity, Jean works with the National Policy Council, State and Regional offices,... [More]



Meredith BL Anderson

Meredith BL Anderson

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Adjunct Professor

Dr. Meredith (Walker) Anderson’s research spans Public Policy, Public Administration and Race and Ethnicity. Specifically, her work explores how representation, intersectionality, and equity influence policy outcomes, particularly for minority studen... [More]

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202-885-3118
SPA - School of Public Affairs


Javier Bronfman

Javier Bronfman

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Adjunct Instructor

Javier Bronfman is presently a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University’s School of Public Affairs. He received his Master of Public Administration from Wagner Graduate School of Public se... [More]



Erik Devereux

Erik Devereux

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Senior Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Erik Devereux has worked for over 20 years in the public policy and management field, including teaching full-time at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College 1991-1998 and serving as executive director of the Association for Public Policy Analysis... [More]

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Erich Dietrich

Erich Dietrich

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Erich J. Dietrich (PhD, American University) is a healthcare administrator in the U.S. Navy and has served on active duty for 18 years. He is currently the assistant director for personnel policy, plans and special incentives at Navy Medicine Headqua... [More]



Joshua Franzel

Joshua Franzel

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

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202-885-3862
SPA - Public Administration


David Frederickson

David Frederickson

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Adjunct Professor

Dave Frederickson is the Director of Performance Monitoring in the Performance Management Center at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), where he leads DOL’s performance analysis and reporting efforts. His co-authored book, Measuring the Performance ... [More]



Thaddeus Juszczak

Thaddeus Juszczak

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Mr. Juszczak has over 34 years of experience as a federal employee, manager, and executive. Serving in five different agencies (Army, EPA, IRS, Treasury IG, HHS) over his career, he regularly trained staff in developing, justifying, and executing age... [More]



Joseph Kaplan

Joseph Kaplan

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Adjunct Instructor

JOSEPH V. KAPLAN, a founding principal of Passman & Kaplan, P.C., received his BA from Penn State University in 1975, and his JD in 1978 from Gonzaga University. In 1979, Mr. Kaplan received his LL.M. from the George Washington University National La... [More]



Jerrold Keilson

Jerrold Keilson

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Jerrold Keilson has spent thirty years working in international affairs. He is Vice President of Planning, Communications and Development at Creative Associates, an international consulting firm that supports education, democracy and counterinsurgenc... [More]

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SPA - School of Public Affairs


Andrew Rahaman

Andrew Rahaman

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Senior Adjunct Professorial Lecture

Dr. Rahaman has extensive international leadership experience that includes successfully leading teams in developing technical and managerial programs; sustaining innovation; developing partnerships across diverse cultures; developing executive coach... [More]



Ilya Rahkovsky

Ilya Rahkovsky

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Ilya Rahkovsky works as a Research Economist at the Economic Research Service of USDA. In that role, he studies economic issues in food markets. He helps to develop policies to reduce incidence of obesity and diet related ailments such as cardio-vasc... [More]



Beatrice Reaud

Beatrice Reaud

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Adjunct Instructor

Dr. Reaud specializes in the role of state and non-state actors in service delivery and what incentivizes parties to act. Her research has focused on revenue generation, government service delivery, and how informal communities have been able to fil... [More]



Robert Saunders

Robert Saunders

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Robert Saunders is a program officer in the Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, fielding issues related to value and costs of health care. Rob came to the position from the offic... [More]



Costis Toregas

Costis Toregas

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Adjunct Associate Professor

Dr. Toregas teaches courses in Public Private Partnerships and IT as Empowerment for Public Administrators. His research interests include Computer Security and Information Assurance (which he pursues as the Lead Research Scientist at George Washingt... [More]

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Winfield Wilson

Winfield Wilson

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Winfield Wilson is an attorney and policy analyst specializing in environmental, natural resources, and labor issues. Wilson holds advanced degrees from American University, including a master's of public policy from the School of Public Affairs and... [More]