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Samantha Guthrie

Samantha Guthrie

Samantha Guthrie is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Government studying American Politics. Her research interests include; executive and legislative relationships, the presidency, Congress, and elite political behavior. Samantha g... [More]



William Harder

William Harder

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Adjunct Instructor

William L. Harder is a doctoral candidate in Political Science and Public Administration at American University’s School of Public Affairs in Washington, DC. His dissertation, “The Administrative Governor and Party Strength,” examines the relationshi... [More]





Dillon Klepetar

Dillon Klepetar

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Adjunct Instructor

Dillon Klepetar began a doctoral program in Government in 2009 after graduating St. Michael’s College with a BA in Political Science and Psychology. His dissertation (completion expected 2015) focuses on the agenda-setting power of electoral challeng... [More]



Tofigh Maboudi

Tofigh Maboudi

Tofigh Maboudi is a PhD candidate in Political Science at American University's School of Public Affairs. His research interests include constitution-making process, elite pacting, political institutions, state-opposition dynamics, and social movemen... [More]







Luciano Melo

Luciano Melo

Luciano Melo is a doctoral student researching democratic enclaves in undemocratic countries, especially in Latin America. Prior to coming to the U.S. he was was an instructor in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, giving classes and lectures to mo... [More]



Amun Nadeem

Amun Nadeem

Amun Nadeem is a PhD student in Comparative Politics. Her research interests include political violence, institutions, and governance.



Scott Patrick

Scott Patrick

Scott Patrick is a first-year doctoral student in Government with Comparative Politics as his primary field. After growing up in Oklahoma and the United Arab Emirates, he attended the University of Tulsa for two years before taking a year off to teac... [More]



Ghazal Poshtkouhian Nadi

Ghazal Poshtkouhian Nadi

Ghazal Nadi is a PhD student in Comparative Politics in the School of Public Affairs. Her research interests include authoritarian regime durability, democratization and constitutional change in the Middle East.



Aaron Ray

Aaron Ray

Aaron Ray is a second year PhD student in American Politics and Public Policy. His research interests include environmental politics and policy, specifically the politics of climate change adaptation. Aaron serves as a research assistant in the Cente... [More]



Amy Ruddle

Amy Ruddle

Amy is a doctoral student in Government whose primary field is Comparative Politics. Her research interests include democratization, social movements, and economic development, and she is especially interested in inequality, internal migration, and i... [More]



Sara Salman

Sara Salman

Sara Salman (ABD) is a PhD candidate at American University. Her dissertation focuses on understanding the development of parliamentary power in transitional democracies. Prior to joining AU, Sara had worked for 7 years with the United Nations Develo... [More]

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Marcela Torres

Marcela Torres

Marcela is a Doctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies and a second-year PhD student at the School of Public Affairs. Her research interests include Indigenous Movements in the Amazon Basin, Politics of Identity a... [More]