Graduate Assistants


Elizabeth Mariapen Elizabeth Mariapen is a second-year graduate student of Public Administration in the School of Public Affairs at American University. Her core areas of interest include state and local government and public finance management. Before joining MPC, she was a school administrator and served as an AmeriCorps member for City Year Chicago. She holds a B.A. from Union College.

Will Perkins Will Perkins is in the second year of the Masters of Public Administration program at American University. His research interests include education policy, budgeting, and transit policy. He holds an M.A.T. in secondary social studies education from American University and a B.A. in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary.

James Wright II James Wright II is a doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. His research interests are urban economics, governance, civic participation, and institutional effectiveness. He received his B.S. from the University of Southern California and M.P.P. from Pepperdine University.

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DeLancey Lane DeLancey Lane is an undergraduate senior in the School of Public Affairs at American University. Her research focuses on college-student homelessness and prostitution legalization. Before joining MPC, she did project management for non-profits focusing on increasing minorities in STEM, closing the literacy gap, and women's empowerment.