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  1. Chris Edelson

    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, Emergency Presidential Power: From the Drafting of… More

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    (202) 885-6218

  2. Anita McBride

    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 and national conferences on the legacies of America’… More

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    (202) 885-6604

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