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Faculty Fellows

  1. Michael Bader, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Sociology

    Michael Bader studies how cities and neighborhoods have evolved since the height of the Civil Rights Movement. He links long-term patterns of neighborhood racial change to the ways that race and class influence the housing search process. He has deve… More

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    (202) 885-2433

  2. Ernesto Castaneda-Tinoco, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Sociology

    Ernesto Castañeda conducts research on migration, urban issues, health disparities, vulnerable populations, and social movements. He compares immigrant integration and ethnic political mobilization in the U.S. and Western Europe. He has conducted sur… More

    (202) 885-2412

  3. Maria De Jesus, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Maria De Jesus brings to AU a wealth of research and teaching experiences in the area of health disparities, a critical area of focus in interstate and transnational relations. Her research examines the role of cross-cultural health communication… More

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    (202) 885-6392

  4. Daniel Esser, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Professor Esser's current research investigates the social foundations of political legitimacy in non-democratic settings. This new line of inquiry builds on his widely cited work on urban governance, development effectiveness amid armed conflict, an… More

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    (202) 885-1892

  5. Lewis Faulk, Associate Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Lewis Faulk is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy in the School of Public Affairs at American University. Dr. Faulk is a Fellow of the Metropolitan Policy Center at American University, Affiliated Faculty of American Universit… More

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    (202) 885-6384

  6. Carolyn Gallaher, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    I do research in two distinct areas—organized violence by non-state actors and urban politics In the first area, on which I have spent more time, I examine the politics, internal dynamics, and patterns of violence of militias, paramilitaries, privat… More

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    (202) 885-1827

  7. Sonya Grier, Professor

    KSB - Marketing

    Professor Grier conducts interdisciplinary research on topics related to target marketing, race in the marketplace, the social impact of commercial marketing, and social marketing. Her current research investigates the relationship between marketing … More

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    (202) 885-1971

  8. Bradley Hardy, Associate Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Hardy is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy and nonresident senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. His research interests lie within labor economics, with an emphasis on economic instability, intergene… More

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    (202) 885-3881

  9. Jocelyn Johnston, Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Professor Johnston’s current research focuses on government contracting, public management, and intergovernmental programs and policy. Her publications can be seen in such scholarly journals as the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory… More

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    (202) 885-2608

  10. Daniel Kerr, Associate Professor

    CAS - History

    Dan Kerr, the director of American University's public history program, specializes in the fields of community history, oral history, and public history. The projects he has initiated, including the Cleveland Homeless Oral History Project, the Shenan… More

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    (202) 885-2161

  11. Jordanna Matlon, Assistant Professor

    SIS - School of International Service

    Dr. Matlon is an urban sociologist interested in questions of race and belonging in Africa and the African diaspora, and the ways “blackness” as a signifier – and in its intersection with gender, class, and national identity – illuminates our underst… More

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    (202) 885-6720

  12. Taryn Morrissey, Associate Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Dr. Morrissey's work centers on examining and improving public policies for vulnerable children. Ongoing research examines the social determinants of food insecurity and obesity, and the impacts of neighborhood poverty and family instability on child… More

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    (202) 885-6323

  13. David Pike, Department Chair, Literature

    CAS - Literature

    Professor Pike is Chair of the Department of Literature (June 2016-May 2019). His most recent book is Canadian Cinema since the 1980s: At the Heart of the World (U of Toronto P, 2012). He is the author of Metropolis on the Styx: The Underworlds of Mo… More

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    (202) 885-2996

  14. Malini Ranganathan, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr Ranganathan is a critical geographer and political ecologist with an interest in urban environmental justice in both the South and North. Her research focuses on water, flooding, and land in the city of Bangalore/Bengaluru in India. Specifically, … More

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    (202) 885-6901