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Amos Permutter Award

Amos Perlmutter Award honors the memory of Amos Perlmutter, who was a professor at AU from 1972 until his death in 2001. Professor Perlmutter was an expert in comparative politics and foreign affairs. During his career, Professor Perlmutter published fifteen books, was a member of the Israeli Defense Forces, an advisor to the Greek government, a member of the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission, and an author of a weekly column for The Washington Times. His contributions to American University and the world community enriched the field of comparative politics.

This endowed fund will support the following activities each year, pending available fund: $500 will fund the Amos Perlmutter Award, given to a senior in the Department of Government each spring who has demonstrated exceptional academic performance in the field of comparative politics. $1,000 will support costs associated with the Amos Perlmutter Memorial Lecture in partnership with the Council on Comparative Studies. This lecture will take place once each year and be managed by the Department of Government.

Amos Perlmutter Awardee


Aaron Barnard-Luce
Hometown: Westminster, Maryland
Class of 2010
BA/Political Science

Aaron Barnard-Luce is currently working as a Media Relations Associate for Amnesty International USA. Previously, he interned at Amnesty for the Advocacy and Government Relations department focusing on Latin America. During his undergraduate studies, he studied abroad in Buenos Aires and traveled to Mississippi to work as a field organizer for the Obama campaign.