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The Department of Government boasts one of the most distinctive and vital programs of its kind nationwide. The department’s faculty include leading scholars in the fields of American politics, comparative politics, and political theory, and represent a wide variety of disciplines. This breadth of faculty expertise serves as the foundation for an interdisciplinary department committed to conducting research on a broad range of issues and preparing students to think critically about these issues.

Tenure-line Faculty

Todd Eisenstadt

Todd Eisenstadt

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Professor

Professor Eisenstadt's research focuses on the intersection of formal institutions and laws with informal institutions and practices, mostly in democratizing countries in Latin America. He is presently PI (along with Karleen West) of a National Scien... [More]

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202-885-6493
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Eric Hershberg

Eric Hershberg

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Director, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies

Eric Hershberg is Director of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies and Professor of Government at American University. From 2007-2009 he was Professor of Political Science and Director of Latin American Studies at Simon Fraser University,... [More]

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202-885-6172
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Gregg Ivers

Gregg Ivers

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Professor

Gregg Ivers is Professor of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University. Professor Ivers is the author or editor of eight books, including To Build a Wall: American Jews and the Separation of Church and State, Creating Constitut... [More]

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202-885-2976
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Ruth Lane

Ruth Lane

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Associate Professor

Professor Lane's research and teaching interests focus on Comparative Politics, Research Methodology; and include Computer Modeling and Cognitive Science. She is the author of the recently published The Art of Comparative Politics and Political Scien... [More]

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202-885-6232
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Jennifer Lawless

Jennifer Lawless

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Professor

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. A nationally recognized expert on women's involvement... [More]

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202-885-6452
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Adrienne LeBas

Adrienne LeBas

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Assistant Professor

Adrienne LeBas (PhD, Columbia University) joined the Department of Government in the fall of 2009. Prior to joining AU, LeBas was a Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and Assistant Professor of Political Science and Afri... [More]

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202-885-6229
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Jan Leighley

Jan Leighley

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Professor

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
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William LeoGrande

William LeoGrande

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Professor

Professor of Government and a specialist in Latin American politics and U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America, Professor LeoGrande has been a frequent adviser to government and private sector agencies. He has written five books, including Our Own ... [More]

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202-885-6234
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Alan Levine

Alan Levine

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Director, Political Theory Institute and Associate Professor

Alan M. Levine is Associate Professor of political theory in the Department of Government and the founding director of the Political Theory Institute. He is also an Affiliate Associate Professor in AU’s Department of Philosophy. He has held fellowsh... [More]

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202-885-6257
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Jie Lu

Jie Lu

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Lu studies local governance, the political economy of institutional change, public opinion and political participation. He works extensively with standardized sampling survey data and qualitative evidence compiled following the anthropological tr... [More]

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202-885-6281
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David Lublin

David Lublin

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Professor

The recipient of two grants from the National Science Foundation grants and a fellowship from the German Marshall Fund, David Lublin has authored two books, The Paradox of Representation: Racial Gerrymandering and Minority Interests in Congress and T... [More]

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202-885-2913
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Thomas Merrill

Thomas Merrill

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Assistant Professor

Thomas W. Merrill is an assistant professor in the Department of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University. His research and teaching interests include political philosophy, especially early modern political philosophy, bioeth... [More]

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202-885-6246
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Ryan Moore

Ryan Moore

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Assistant Professor

Ryan T. Moore is assistant professor of Government in the School of Public Affairs. His research interests include American politics, the politics of social policies (such as pensions, welfare, and health), and statistical methods, especially for ca... [More]

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Candice Nelson

Candice Nelson

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Department Chair, 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
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Saul Newman

Saul Newman

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Associate Professor

Saul Newman is an associate professor in the Department of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, DC. He received his PhD in 1989 from the Department of Politics, Princeton University. Since then he has taugh... [More]

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202-885-6240
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Karen O'Connor

Karen O'Connor

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Jonathan N. Helfat Distinguished Professor of Political Science

Karen O’Connor is the Jonathan N. Helfat Distinguished Professor of Political Science and the Founder and Director Emerita of the Women & Politics Institute at American University. Before coming to American University, Karen taught political science... [More]

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202-885-6237
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Diane Singerman

Diane Singerman

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Associate Professor

Dr. Singerman is an Associate Professor and comparativist whose research interests focus on political change from below, particularly in the Middle East, and more specifically Egypt. Her work examines the formal and informal side of politics, gender,... [More]

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202-885-2362
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Elizabeth Suhay

Elizabeth Suhay

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Assistant Professor

Liz Suhay specializes in the study of public opinion, political psychology, political communication, and public understanding of science, generally within the American context.

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202-885-6258
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Patricia Sykes

Patricia Sykes

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Associate Professor

Professor Sykes focuses on the U.S. presidency, comparative executive leadership, political parties, democratic theory, and political development. She's the sole author of two scholarly books – Presidents and Prime Ministers: Conviction Politics in t... [More]

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202-885-2920
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Steven Taylor

Steven Taylor

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Associate Professor

Professor Taylor's teaching and research focus on urban politics, the politics of race and ethnicity, civil rights and liberties, and political culture both in the U.S. and West Africa. His published works include the book "Desegregation in Boston a... [More]

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202-885-6241
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James Thurber

James Thurber

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Distinguished Professor

James A. Thurber is University Distinguished Professor of Government and Founder (1979) and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (american.edu/ccps) at American University, Washington, D.C. Under his direction, CCPS organ... [More]

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202-885-6247
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Matthew Wright

Matthew Wright

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Assistant Professor

Professor Wright has taught courses on American politics, public opinion, political psychology, immigration, and political methodology. In his research, he has explored numerous topics relevant to American politics and comparative politics more gener... [More]

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202-885-6458
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Antoine Yoshinaka

Antoine Yoshinaka

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Assistant Professor

Professor Yoshinaka's research examines how institutions and the preferences of political actors influence political outcomes. Some of his recent work on congressional redistricting, for instance, examines the various ways in which partisan mapmakers... [More]

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202-885-6082
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Emeriti Faculty

Christine DeGregorio

Christine DeGregorio

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Associate Professor Emerita

Professor DeGregorio's research and teaching focuses on Congress, interest groups and political communications. In her recent book, Networks of Champions: Leadership, Access, and Advocacy, she examines the partnerships that form among officeholders, ... [More]

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Jeff Fishel

Jeff Fishel

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Professor Emeritus



Susan Hammond

Susan Hammond

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Professor Emerita



Term Faculty

Kimberly Cowell-Meyers

Kimberly Cowell-Meyers

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Assistant Professor

Kimberly Cowell-Meyers is Assistant Professor of Government. An AU alumna, she has taught at AU, St. Mary's College of Maryland and Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. She is the author of Religion and Politics in the Nineteenth Centu... [More]

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202-885-6223
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Chris Edelson

Chris Edelson

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Assistant Professor

Chris Edelson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government. His teaching and research interests focus on constitutional interpretation, presidential power, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to joining the AU faculty, Professor Edelson pr... [More]

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202-885-6218
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G. Borden Flanagan

G. Borden Flanagan

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Assistant Professor

On research leave at the University of Toronto for the academic year 2014-2015. Borden Flanagan’s area of expertise is the history of Western political philosophy. His teaching and research interests include ancient, renaissance, modern and postmoder... [More]

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202-885-6258
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Susan Glover

Susan Glover

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Assistant Professor

Professor Glover teaches and does research in the field of comparative politics, with a concentration on Africa. Her past work has focused on democratic transition and consolidation in multi-ethnic states. She has lived and worked in southern Africa,... [More]

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202-885-2674
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Sarah Houser

Sarah Houser

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Professorial Lecturer

Sarah L. Houser is a professorial lecturer in the Department of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University. Her research and teaching interests include patriotism and cosmopolitanism, the role of place in political life, and t... [More]

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202-885-6263
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Jeremy Janow

Jeremy Janow

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Professorial Lecturer



Daniel Reed

Daniel Reed

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Assistant Professor

Professor Reed's research and teaching focus on parties and interest groups, campaigns and elections, and election and campaign finance law. His most recent research examines the historical development of US ballot laws and their effects on voter mob... [More]

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202-885-6239
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Lara Schwartz

Lara Schwartz

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Professorial Lecturer

Lara Schwartz specializes in constitutional law, civil rights, politics, communications, and policy. With over a decade as a legislative lawyer, lobbyist, and communications strategist in leading civil rights organizations, Lara brings an advocate’s-... [More]



Elizabeth Sherman

Elizabeth Sherman

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Assistant Professor

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
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Adjunct Faculty

Dan Arbell

Dan Arbell

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Scholar in Residence

Dan Arbell, a scholar-in-residence at the Center for Israeli Studies at AU, is a 25 year veteran of the Israeli Foreign Service, serving in senior posts overseas in the UN, the US and Japan, and holding senior positions at the Ministry of Foreign Aff... [More]



Richard Benedetto

Richard Benedetto

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Richard Benedetto is an adjunct professor of Journalism. He is a retired White House correspondent and columnist for USA Today and political columnist for Gannett News Service. He began teaching at AU in 2006. He reported on local, state and national... [More]



Kamal Beyoghlow

Kamal Beyoghlow

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Adjunct Associate Professor

Kamal Beyoghlow is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Government at American University but a full Professor of Strategy, the Middle East, N. Africa, and Islamic Studies at the US National War College.



Nancy Bocskor

Nancy Bocskor

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer



Julian Bond

Julian Bond

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Distinguished Adjunct Professor

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202-885-6221
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Julie Busta

Julie Busta

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer



Dante Chinni

Dante Chinni

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Practitioner in Residence

Dante Chinni is the director of the American Communities project, a collaboration including The Wall Street Journal, PBS NewsHour, and WNYC radio that studies politics, socio-economics, and culture in a time of change. He is also the creator of Patch... [More]

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202-885-6421
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Mark Croatti

Mark Croatti

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Mark Croatti teaches American Government and foreign policy-related courses at the American University, the George Washington University, the University of Maryland (College Park and Baltimore County) and the United States Naval Academy. He also cove... [More]



Jonathan Davidson

Jonathan Davidson

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer



Glendon Diehl

Glendon Diehl

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer



Robert Engel

Robert Engel

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer



Carrie Giddins

Carrie Giddins

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer



Katherine Gillespie

Katherine Gillespie

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Katherine Gillespie is an attorney at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She currently serves as senior counsel to the Bureau’s Deputy Director and was senior counsel in the Office of Fair Lending at CFPB prior to her current position. Before... [More]



Patrick Griffin

Patrick Griffin

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Patrick J. Griffin teaches a graduate seminar on the legislative process and is the academic director of the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute for CCPS. In addition, he is working on the AU/Pew Charitable Trusts "Improving Campaign Conduct" r... [More]



Johnny Holloway

Johnny Holloway

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Adjunct Instructor



Mark Kahan

Mark Kahan

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Mark Kahan is an attorney and businessman. Beginning in 1972, he worked to reform energy and communications regulation at the New York Public Service Commission. In 1977, he moved to the Civil Aeronautics Board in Washington, D.C. to deregulate the a... [More]



Victor Kamber

Victor Kamber

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Adjunct Associate Professor

Victor Kamber is an adjunct professor of Public Communication. He has been associated with American University since 1966--attending the law school and serving as an adjunct professor in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and presently. Victor is a prodigious wri... [More]



Stephen Krupin

Stephen Krupin

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer



Roger Lukoff

Roger Lukoff

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer



Anita McBride

Anita McBride

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Executive in Residence

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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Amanda Miller

Amanda Miller

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Amanda Fuchs Miller has 20 years of policy, research and press experience in Democratic politics and government. As President of Seventh Street Strategies LLC, Amanda works for candidates and progressive organizations doing research, writing, issues ... [More]



Constance Morella

Constance Morella

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Ambassador in Residence

Connie Morella served as U.S. ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris from 2003 to 2007. She represented Maryland’s 8th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 to 2003. While in Congres... [More]



Walter Oleszek

Walter Oleszek

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Adjunct Professor

Walter J. Oleszek is senior specialist in American national government at the Congressional Research Service. In 1993, he served as policy director of the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress. He is an adjunct professor of political scienc... [More]



James Quirk

James Quirk

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Jim Quirk teaches a wide range of comparative politics and international relations courses, and blogs at govt396.com. Jim teaches at Loyola University Maryland and The Catholic University of America, and taught at the Varna [Bulgaria] University o... [More]



Chris Sautter

Chris Sautter

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Chris Sautter is a nationally recognized political media strategist, award-winning documentary filmmaker, election attorney, and university professor. Sautter wrote and produced President Barack Obama’s first campaign commercials and partnered with D... [More]



William Shields

William Shields

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Adjunct Instructor

Bill Shields became Executive Director of the American Society for Public Administration, the largest and most prominent professional association for public administration, in January 2014. He brings to the position more than 15 years of executive an... [More]

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202-441-0134


Susannah Washburn

Susannah Washburn

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Susannah Washburn has spent 20 years helping social service organizations meet community needs through strategic planning, grant-making and public policy formulation and execution. Susannah has served in political appointments under both the Bush and... [More]



Postdoctoral Fellow

Luke Mayville

Luke Mayville

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Professorial Lecturer

Luke Mayville is the 2014-15 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Political Theory Institute. He holds a PhD from Yale University and a BA summa cum laude from the University of Oregon. His dissertation, entitled “The Oligarchic Mind: Wealth and Power in the P... [More]

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