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American University's School of Public Affairs tackles complex issues with thoughtful research that educates, informs, and promotes change across a broad range of social and political issues. The school's political science and policy experts are nationally and internationally renowned.

  1. Elizabeth Fischer Martin

    Elizabeth Fischer Martin, Executive in Residence

    Betsy Fischer Martin is an Emmy-winning journalist and TV news executive. Currently she is an Executive in Residence at American University's School of Public Affairs and the co-host of Bloomberg Politics' Masters in Politics Podcast. She also foun… More

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  2. Jennifer Lawless

    Jennifer Lawless, Professor

    SPA - Government

    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. Her research focuses on political ambition, and she i… More

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    (202) 885-6452

  3. Jan Leighley

    Jan Leighley, Professor

    SPA - Government

    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

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    (202) 885-6220

  4. David Lublin

    David Lublin, Professor

    SPA - Government

    The recipient of two grants from the National Science Foundation grants and a fellowship from the German Marshall Fund, David Lublin has authored three books, including Minority Rules: Electoral Systems, Decentralization, and Ethnoregional Parties pu… More

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    (202) 885-2913

  5. Candice Nelson

    Candice Nelson, Professor

    SPA - 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

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    (202) 885-2338

  6. James Thurber

    James Thurber, Distinguished Professor

    SPA - Government

    James A. Thurber is University Distinguished Professor of Government and Founder (1979) and Founder and Former Director (1979-2016) of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (american.edu/spa/ccps) and Affiliate Distinguished Profess o… More

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    (202) 885-6247

  7. Barbara Romzek

    Barbara Romzek, Dean, School of Public Affairs

    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, contracting, and network service delivery. Her res… More

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    (202) 885-2940

  8. Elizabeth Sherman

    Elizabeth Sherman, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Government

    Professor Sherman brings over two decades of teaching, research and administrative experience to her classes in American Politics. As founding director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston, D… More

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    (202) 885-2942

  9. Vicky Wilkins

    Vicky Wilkins, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Vicky M. Wilkins is the Senior Associate Dean in the School of Public Affairs and Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Her primary research interests include representative bureaucracy; bureaucratic discretion; gender… More

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    (202) 885-6443

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Established in 1934, American University's School of Public Affairs (SPA) is top-ranked by US News and World Report, offering undergraduate, graduate and executive-level programs to build and enhance careers in public service. The school is located in the heart of Washington, DC with world-renowned faculty and transformational research, driving progress in policy, politics and public administration. SPA is ranked third in the U.S. and first in the DC area for public affairs research impact, and is the only school home to three Gaus Award recipients for a lifetime of exemplary contribution to political science and public administration.