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Our students learn from and collaborate with the intellectual powerhouse of our faculty—prominent scholar-practitioners whose professional engagements and leading-edge research spans public administration, management, and policy. They are inspiring mentors, and their expertise and research plays a vital role in policy development, both nationally and globally.

Full-Time Faculty

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Khaldoun AbouAssi Assistant Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Khaldoun AbouAssi holds a PhD in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. From 2012-2015, Dr. AbouAssi was an Assistant Professor at the

  abouassi@american.edu

  (202) 885-2509

Anna Amirkhanyan Associate Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Professor Amirkhanyan’s research focuses on public and nonprofit management, organizational performance, public-private differences, and citizen participation. Her articles have been published in vari

  amirkhan@american.edu

  (202) 885-6289

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Karen Baehler Scholar in Residence SPA - Public Admin and Policy

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

  baehler@american.edu

  (202) 885-6072

Scott A. Bass Professor Provost, Office of the

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 h

  sbass@american.edu

  (202) 885-2127

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Robert Durant Professor Emeritus

Professor Durant resides in Atlanta, Georgia and is a founding partner of Emeritus Associates, LLC. His teaching and research focus were focused on executive branch politics, public management, policy

  durant@american.edu

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Lewis Faulk Associate Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Lewis Faulk is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy in the School of Public Affairs at American University. Dr. Faulk is a Fellow of the Metropolitan Policy Center at American Un

  faulk@american.edu

  (202) 885-6384

Nathan Favero Assistant Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Nathan Favero is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. His research focuses on internal management, performance, research methodology, race/ethnicity, and custo

  favero@american.edu

  (202) 885-6362

Daniel Fiorino Distinguished Executive in Residence SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Daniel J. Fiorino is the Director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Distinguished Executive in Residence in the School of Public Affairs at American University. As faculty member in the Depar

  dfiorino@american.edu

  (202) 885-3864

Carla Flink Assistant Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Carla Flink is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Texas A&M University in 2014. Professor Flink’s research int

  flink@american.edu

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Seth Gershenson Associate Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

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 Teachin

  gershens@american.edu

  (202) 885-2687

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Bradley Hardy Associate Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Hardy is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy and nonresident senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. His research interests lie within labor economics, w

  hardy@american.edu

  (202) 885-3881

Derek Hyra Associate Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Derek Hyra is an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University. His research focuses on processes of neighborhood change, with an emphasis on housing, urban politics, and

  hyra@american.edu

  (202) 885-2440

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Alison Jacknowitz Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Alison Jacknowitz is the Interim Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Public Affairs (SPA) at American University and an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Administ

  jacknowi@american.edu

  (202) 885-2137

Jocelyn Johnston Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

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 Jo

  johnston@american.edu

  (202) 885-2608

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Laura Langbein Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Professor Langbein teaches quantitative methods, program evaluation, policy analysis, and public choice. Her research fields include: theories of bureaucratic discretion, productivity, principal-agent

  langbei@american.edu

  (202) 885-6233

Constance Lindsay Professorial Lecturer SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Dr. Constance A. Lindsay is currently a Professorial Lecturer in the School of Public Affairs at American University teaching courses in quantitative methods and education policy. Dr. Lindsay obtained

  clindsay@american.edu

  (202) 885-2307

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Patrick Malone Executive in Residence SPA - Public Admin and Policy

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 anal

  pmalone@american.edu

  (202) 885-6271

Dave Marcotte Professor and Chair, Department of Public Administration and Policy SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Dave E. Marcotte is Professor in the Dept. of Public Administration and Policy and Director of the Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research. His recent research focuses on determinants of achi

  marcotte@american.edu

Howard McCurdy Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

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,

  mccurdy@american.edu

  (202) 885-6236

Taryn Morrissey Associate Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Dr. Morrissey's work centers on examining and improving public policies for vulnerable children. She is Associate Professor of public policy at AU, a non-resident fellow at the Urban Institute, and a

  morrisse@american.edu

  (202) 885-6323

Daniel Mullins Associate Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

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

  dmullins@american.edu

  (202) 885-6117

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Daniel Puskin Professorial Lecturer SPA - Public Admin and Policy

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 t

  puskin@american.edu

  (202) 885-6210

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Barbara Romzek Professor SPA - Dean's Office

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,

  bromzek@american.edu

  (202) 885-2940

David Rosenbloom Distinguished Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Distinguished Professor of Public Administration, Rosenbloom specializes in constitutional-administrative law, administrative theory, history, reform, and personnel management. A major contributor to

  rbloom@american.edu

  (202) 885-2361

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Jeremy Shiffman Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

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 count

  jshiffma@american.edu

  (202) 885-3653

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Erdal Tekin Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Professor Tekin is an economist with primary research interests in the fields of health economics and demographic economics. Within these fields, the main theme of his research is the economic analysi

  tekin@american.edu

  (202) 885-6361

Robert Tobias Distinguished Practitioner in Residence SPA - Key Leadership Program

Robert Tobias teaches courses in public sector leadership in the Key Executive Leadership Programs. He also teaches facilitation and team development, conflict management and alternative dispute resol

  rtobias@american.edu

  (202) 885-6271

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Ruth Wagner Executive in Residence SPA - AU MSOD

Dr. Ruth Wagner is a graduate of the AU MSOD program and a very active OD scholar-practitioner. After an early career in software engineering, Ruth led a change management practice of 50 consultants i

  wagner@american.edu

  (202) 885-2952

Sonja Walti Assistant Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

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 environme

  walti@american.edu

  (202) 885-3738

Reginald Wells Sr Adjunct Professorial Lecturer SPA - School of Public Affairs

Reginald F. Wells was named Deputy Commissioner of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Office of Human Resources effective July 15, 2002 after serving short tenures as Deputy Associate Commissi

  wells@american.edu

Vicky Wilkins Interim Dean, School of Public Affairs SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Vicky M. Wilkins is the Interim Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Her primary research interests include representative bur

  vwilkins@american.edu

  (202) 885-6443

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Rebecca Yurman Professorial Lecturer SPA - Public Admin and Policy

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, fe

  ry4395a@american.edu

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Ruth Zaplin Executive in Residence SPA - Key Leadership Program

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 Americ

  zaplin@american.edu

Faculty Affiliates

Lynn Addington Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Professor Addington’s research interests include the nature of violent crime and its impact on victims, measurement of crime, and utilization of U.S. crime statistics. In addition to her work at AU, s

  adding@american.edu

  (202) 885-2902

Michael Bader Assistant Professor CAS - Sociology

Michael Bader studies how cities and neighborhoods have evolved since the height of the Civil Rights Movement. He links long-term patterns of neighborhood racial change to the ways that race and class

  bader@american.edu

  (202) 885-2433

Robert Marshak Executive in Residence Emeritus

Dr. Marshak has taught organization dynamics and change leadership in SPA since 1977. His areas of expertise include: organizational change and development, dialogic organization development, organiza

Jennifer Steele Associate Professor CAS - School of Education

Dr. Jennifer L. Steele is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at American University, and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her research,

  steele@american.edu

  (202) 885-3762

MPA/MPP/MPAP Adjunct Faculty

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Jean Accius Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Jean Accius is a nationally recognized expert on aging policy, livable communities and long-term services and supports (LTSS). He currently serves as the Vice President of the Long-Term Services

  ja2630a@american.edu

Meredith BL Anderson Adjunct Professor SPA - School of Public Affairs

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

  mblwalker@american.edu

  (202) 885-3118

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Andrew Brannegan Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Andrew Brannegan is presently the senior data analyst at Aspire Public Schools, which operates 40 schools in California and Tennessee. He received his PhD in Public Administration in 2014 and his Mast

  ab5597a@american.edu

Javier Bronfman Horovitz Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Javier received his PhD in Public Administration and Policy at American University, Washington D.C., in 2014. He received his Master of Public Administration from Wagner Graduate School of Public serv

  jb0438a@american.edu

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Elizabeth Crowe Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Elizabeth Crowe is a Research Associate at the Urban Institute, where her research focuses on the role of government programs and private organizations in supporting low-income families in the U.S. To

  ec2856a@american.edu

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Anne M. Ferrante Adjunct Professorial Lecturer KSB - Acad Progs - Graduate

Anne Ferrante is the Director of Graduate Programs at American University’s Kogod School of Business and former Director of the Global Leadership Executive MBA program at the University of Texas at Da

  ferrante@american.edu

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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 an

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Thaddeus Juszczak 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

  thadjusz@american.edu

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Nadeen Makhlouf Adjunct Instructor

Nadeen Makhlouf holds a PhD in Public Administration from American University. Her research interests include global governance and comparative public policy and administration with a focus on North A

  makhlouf@american.edu

Mark Maxin Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Mark Maxin has over 30 years’ experience in federal sector employment law addressing critical issues involving equal employment opportunity, diversity, civil rights, bargaining and grievance rights, p

  maxin@american.edu

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Milena Nikolova Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Milena Nikolova is a Research Associate at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) in Bonn, Germany and a Nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Milena received her Ph.D. from the University

  milena@american.edu

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William Paxton Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

William Paxton is a leading expert on ethics and the law. He counsels government officials, corporations, and their leaders on a wide range of issues including bet-the-organization ethical dilemmas, c

  paxton@american.edu

Jeffrey Poirier Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Jeffrey Poirier, PhD, PMP, brings over 15 years of experience addressing an array of public policy issues and conducting policy and program evaluation related to human service systems. Dr. Poirier is

  poirier@american.edu

Steven Putansu Adjunct Professorial Lecturer SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Steven Putansu is a "pracademic," who splits his time between being a senior social science analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the one hand, and academic research and teachi

  putansu@american.edu

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Andrew Rahaman Executive in Residence SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Dr. Rahaman has over 25 years working nationally and internationally in diverse leadership positions building teams to design and implement both technical projects and overseeing geographically disper

  rahaman@american.edu

Brandon Ranallo-Benavidez Adjunct Instructor

Brandon Ranallo-Benavidez is a PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. His research interests center on public administration, public management, an

  br9229a@american.edu

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Carletta Taylor Sims Adjunct Professorial Lecturer SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Carletta Taylor Sims is currently serving as a Postdoctoral Scholar and Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. She teaches courses in financing government service

  sims@american.edu

  (202) 885-2378

Chad Smith Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Chad Smith is a Manager in the Quantitative Economics and Statistics (QUEST) practice of Ernst and Young. He has 15 years experience as a healthcare administrator and 16 years of clinical healthcare e

  cs9156a@american.edu

Laura Sullivan Adjunct Professorial Lecturer SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Laura Sullivan holds a PhD in Social Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Her research interests focus on wealth and income inequalities over the life

  lauras@american.edu

  (202) 885-2395

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Matthew Vanderschuere Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Matthew Vanderschuere has a PhD in Public Administration from American University and an M.P.A. from the University of Colorado-Denver. His research interests include human resource management, leader

  mvander@american.edu

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Winfield Wilson Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Winfield Wilson is an attorney and policy analyst specializing in environmental, natural resources, and labor issues. Wilson also teaches environmental law at the Washington College of Law. Wilson hol

  ww0909a@american.edu