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SPA: Public Administration
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Washington, DC 20016-8070

Doctoral Students


  1. Catherine Bampoky

    Catherine Bampoky is a PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her interests include global health governance and health policy-making in developing countries, specifically the factors that shape the adoption and effectiven… More

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  2. Christopher Birdsall, Adjunct Instructor

    Chris Birdsall is a PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. His research interests include higher education policy, performance measurement and other issues relating to public management. Prior to his studies at American Un… More

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  3. Chase Bricker

  4. Meghan Doughty

    Meghan Doughty is a doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration at the School of Public Affairs at American University and a Research Assistant at the National Institute of Justice in the Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Na… More

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  5. James Ellis, Manager of Student Success & Retention

    Provost, Office of the

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    (202) 885-2240

  6. Riordan Frost

    Riordan Frost is a Public Administration PhD student in the School of Public Affairs at American University. His research interests are urban sustainability, transportation, energy, and environmental policy. He received his Master's in Public Policy … More

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  7. James Gordon

    James Gordon is a PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. His research interests include environmental economics and policy, health and human capital, and public finance. James holds an M.A from Tulane University and is a q… More

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  8. Michael Hatch

    Michael Hatch is a doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. His research interests concern health and social policy, particularly the intersection of food insecurity and health outcomes. Prior to enrolling at American… More

  9. Beth Hawks

    Beth Hawks is a PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her interests include health care policy, specifically Medicare and long-term care policy. Prior to her studies at American University, Beth was a Healthcare Adminis… More

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  10. Stephen Holt, Adjunct Instructor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Stephen B. Holt is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Administration at American University. His research focuses on public sector workforce dynamics, public organization performance, and education policy and administration. He is particularly interested in… More

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  11. Shawn Janzen

    Shawn Janzen is a PhD student at American University in the School of Public Affairs, majoring in public administration and science and technology policy. His research interests include the administration of international organizations, global gover… More

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  12. Chengcheng Liu

    Chengcheng (Aviva) Liu is a PhD candidate in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Aviva has published two comparative studies focusing on US and Chinese governmental performance management, accountability, and tr… More

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  13. Nadeen Makhlouf, Adjunct Instructor

    Nadeen Makhlouf is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her research interests include global governance and comparative public policy and administration with a focus on North Africa and the Middle East. The overall … More

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  14. Edward Malone, Adjunct Instructor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Edward “Ned” Malone (BA, UNC-Chapel Hill; MPA, American University) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. His research interests include human resources management, the theory of representative bureaucracy, organiz… More

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  15. Kathryn Quissell, Adjunct Instructor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Kathryn Quissell is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Public Administration and Policy in the School of Public Affairs at American University. She earned her MSc in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing from the London School of Economics and the… More

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  16. Rhucha Samudra

    Rhucha Samudra is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her research interests include the design and impact of the U.S. Social Safety Net on economic and social outcomes for low income individuals and families. She i… More

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  17. Joseph Shaffer

    Joseph's primary area of study is in nonprofit organizations, specifically foundations. He is also interested in public administration theory and philosophy. Prior to attending American University he worked as a IT Manager at a small nonprofit organi… More

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  18. Sarah Towne, Adjunct Instructor

    Current PhD Student in School of Public Affairs, Department of Public Administration and Policy Concentration in Public Human Resources Management, Gender and Family Policy

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  19. Brandie Williams

    Brandie Reeder Williams is a doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Her research interests are in community and economic development, street-level bureaucracy, and public policy at the urban sca… More

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  20. Molly Wiltshire

    Molly Wiltshire is a PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her research interests include health policy particularly policies surrounding long-term care, mental health, and death with dignity laws, housing, and political… More

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  21. James Wright

    James Wright II is a doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. His research interests include the intersection of race within the constructs of organizations and institutions nested within the fiel… More

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  22. Rebecca Yurman, Instructor

    Rebecca Yurman is a PhD candidate in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her research interests include regulatory policy, contract management and other issues in public management, federalism, and food safety policy. She is also an a… More

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  23. Raymond Zuniga, Adjunct Instructor

    Raymond Zuniga is a PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. His major research interests include higher education policy and issues concerning Latinos in the United States. Prior to his studies at American University, Ray w… More

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