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SPA's doctoral students are equipped with the skills to have immediate impact.

With expertise spanning public management, global health governance, regulatory policy and more, our PhD candidates bring the knowledge and action necessary to make great impact in the fields of public administration and public policy. Each of them are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of scholarship to new heights, educating the next generation of public affairs leaders, and researching the significant issues of the day.


Public Administration & Policy Students

Catherine Bampoky

Catherine Bampoky is a PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her interests include global health governance and health policy-making in developing countries, specifically

  cb4960a@american.edu

Zachary Bauer

Zachary Bauer is a PhD student and the Charles Levine Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. His research interests include collaborativ

  zb5144a@american.edu

Kari Dalane

Kari Dalane is a PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her research interest is education policy. Prior to enrolling at American University, Kari worked in schools for f

  kd5010a@american.edu

Jourdan Davis

Jourdan Davis is a doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Her research interests include long-term care, aging-related policy, and public engage

  jd5530b@american.edu

Meghan Doughty

Meghan Doughty is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Public Administration at the School of Public Affairs at American University and a former Research Assistant at the National Institute of Ju

  md9077a@american.edu

James Gordon

James Gordon is a PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. His research interests include environmental economics and policy, health and human capital, and public finance. Ja

  james.gordon@american.edu

Michael Hatch

Michael Hatch is a doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. His research interests concern health and social policy, particularly the intersection of food insecurity an

Beth Hawks

Beth Hawks is a PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her interests include health care policy, specifically Medicare and long-term care policy. Prior to her studies at

  bh5057a@american.edu

Ene Ikpebe

Ene Ikpebe is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her interests include the development and implementation of primary and higher education policy, especiall

  ei3567a@american.edu

Alberto Jacinto

Alberto Jacinto is a first year phd student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. His research interests include education and health policy, race/ethnicity and

  aj8429a@american.edu

Mariam Khan

Mariam Khan is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration & Policy. Her research interests are in the areas of labor, education, workforce development, and health. While p

  mk8335a@american.edu

Minjung Kim

Minjung Kim is a doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Her research interests include public and nonprofit management, and race and diversity.

  mk5083a@american.edu

Edward Malone Adjunct Instructor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Ned Malone (BA, UNC-Chapel Hill; MPA, American University) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. His research interests include human resources management, the theo

  em6877a@american.edu

Brandon Ranallo-Benavidez Adjunct Instructor

Brandon Ranallo-Benavidez is a PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. His research interests center on public administration, public management, an

  br9229a@american.edu

Wallis Romzek

Wallis Romzek is a PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her research interests include the economic, social, and administrative implications of smart city initiatives, pa

  wromzek@american.edu

Joseph Shaffer

Joseph's primary area of study is in nonprofit organizations, specifically foundations. He is also interested in public administration theory and philosophy. Prior to attending American University he

  js4358a@american.edu

Sarah Towne Adjunct Instructor

Current PhD Student in School of Public Affairs, Department of Public Administration and Policy Concentration in Public Human Resources Management, Gender and Family Policy

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Long Tran

Long H. Tran is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. His research interests include public and nonprofit management, policy analysis and advoca

  lt5156a@american.edu

Rui Wang

Rui Wang is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. His research interests include public administration, policy analysis, and international devel

  rw3515a@american.edu

Fei Wang

Fei Wang is a PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Her research interests include privatization, collaborative governance, contract management, and

  fw9435a@american.edu

Taylor Wellman

Taylor Novak Wellman is a doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at AU. Her research interests include K-12 education, environmental impacts on decisions to pursue hig

  tw5062a@american.edu

Carley Weted

Carley Weted is a doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Her research interests include investigations of environmental factors with effects on

  cw3677a@american.edu

James Wright

James Wright II is a doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. His research interests include the intersection of race within the constructs of org

  jw5069a@american.edu

Political Science Students

Samantha Guthrie Adjunct Instructor

Samantha Guthrie is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Government studying American Politics. Her research interests include, executive and legislative relationships, state politics, the presid

  samantha@american.edu

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Simon Heuberger

Simon is a second-year PhD student with concentrations in American Government and Quantitative Methods. His research focuses on the intersections between public opinion, polarization, and news media.

  sh6943a@american.edu

Danielle Higgins

Danielle Higgins is a doctoral student in Political Science at American University's School of Public Affairs. Danielle specializes in Comparative Politics, with an emphasis on Gender Politics and qua

  dh6087a@american.edu

William Jorgeson

Will Jorgeson is a PhD student in the Department of Government. Originally from Clinton, Mississippi, before coming to American University, he received BA degrees in Philosophy and Economics from Miss

  wj6527a@american.edu

Luciano Melo

Luciano Melo is a doctoral candidate researching democratic enclaves in autocratizing countries, especially in Latin America and Russia Prior to coming to the U.S. he was was an instructor in Negotia

  luciano.melo@american.edu

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 Tu

  sp1665a@american.edu

Barbara Soares Lima Dos Santos

Barbara dos Santos is a doctoral student in the Department of Government studying Comparative and Environmental Politics. Her research is focused on the influence of environmental interest groups in e

  bd0526a@american.edu

Daniela Stevens Adjunct Instructor

Daniela Stevens is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science in the School of Public Affairs and a recipient of the 2014 Tinker Field Research Grant, which supported her dissertation research titled “Uni

  ls8244a@american.edu

Sasa Tang

Sasa Tang is a doctoral student studying Middle Eastern politics in the Department of Government. Her research interests includes; social movements, political violence, women's movements, terrorism, a

  sasa.tang@american.edu

Justice, Law & Criminology Students

Natalie Chwalisz

Natalie Chwalisz is a first year PhD student at the School of Public Affairs, in the Justice, Law and Criminology Department. She focuses in on forced displacement, especially of youth, resilience and

  nc5011b@american.edu

Alexander Clayton

Alex Clayton is currently a PhD student in Justice, Law & Criminology with concentrations in Law & Society and Political Violence & Nonviolence. He holds a master's degree from American University in

  ac9185a@american.edu

Jason Fritz

Jason Fritz is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology. His research interests are on the intersection of political violence and policing in late- and post-conflict states, a

  jf4949a@american.edu

Avi-Yona Israel

Avi-Yona is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology. Her research interests include philosophy of law, international law, human rights, global ethics, justice and the rule

  ai2393a@american.edu

Esther Matthews

Esther Matthews is a first-year student in the Justice, Law and Criminology PhD program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Oregon State University. Her research focuses on iden

  em1710a@american.edu

Hillary Mellinger Adjunct Instructor

Hillary Mellinger is a PhD student in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology. Her academic interests include comparative asylum / refugee law and policy, states’ migration control mechanisms,

  hm0137a@american.edu

Alyssa Purdy

Alyssa Purdy, originally from West Michigan, is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Justice, Law & Criminology from American University. In December of 2013, she graduated with honors fr

  ap9576a@american.edu

Victoria Smiegocki

Victoria Smiegocki is a PhD student in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology with a secondary major in Public Policy. Alongside her PhD, she is also completing a certificate program in Applied

  vs5147a@american.edu

Jennifer Tilley

Jennifer Tilley is a Ph.D. student in the department of Justice, Law and Criminology. Her primary research interests include institutional and community corrections, capital punishment, parole and pr

  jt2006a@american.edu

Tracy Velazquez Associate Director SPA - School of Public Affairs

Tracy Velázquez received her A.B. from Harvard University and a Master of Public Administration from Montana State University. She has significant experience in criminal justice reform, having served

  tracyv@american.edu

Kristian Warpinski

Kristian Warpinski is a first year PhD student in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology. Her primary research interests include political violence and (counter)terrorism, the recruitment and

  kw5971a@american.edu