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Washington Labs take students into the heart of D.C.

Washington Labs

The Washington Laboratory component of GOVT 110 introduces students to Washington's unique institutions and resources. The lab gives students opportunities to apply material they learn in the classroom to the actual political arena, giving students a first-hand look at the American political process. Students will hear from speakers ranging from lobbyists to politicians to campaign representatives. It also provides students with chances to explore what the city has to offer by taking trips to places such as the White House, the Pentagon, monuments, and think tanks. 


  1. 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

    Send email to David Lublin

    (202) 885-2913

  2. Karen O'Connor, Jonathan N. Helfat Distinguished Professor of Political Science

    SPA - Government

    Karen O’Connor is the Jonathan N. Helfat Distinguished Professor of Political Science at American University, where she previously served as Chair of the Department of Government. She is an expert on American politics, the courts, women and politics,… More

    Send email to Karen O'Connor

    (202) 885-6237

  3. Elizabeth Suhay, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Government

    Liz Suhay specializes in the study of public opinion, political psychology, and political communication, all within the U.S. context. Her current research agenda is divided between two topic areas. The first is the relationship between Americans’ pol… More

    Send email to Elizabeth Suhay

    (202) 885-6258

  4. Steven Taylor, Associate Professor

    SPA - Government

    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. (During the Spring of 2016 he was a Fulbright scholar in Ghana.)… More

    Send email to Steven Taylor

    (202) 885-6241

Notable Washington Labs

  • Visit to the Supreme Court to meet Justice Ginsburg
  • Mayor Vincent Gray
  • David Gregory
  • Federal Election Commission
  • DNC and RNC
  • Capitol (tour and meet with representatives)
  • ACLU
  • NRA
  • Heritage Foundation
  • Brookings Institution
  • Various museums (Newseum and American History Museum, among them)
  • Scavenger hunts around D.C.