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Richard Semiatin

Assistant Professor School of Prof & Extd Studies

Additional Positions at AU

  • Academic Director, American Politics
Semiatin has been a member of the Washington Semester Faculty for over 25 years as an American Politics Professor. He is the author of "Campaigns in the 21st Century" (McGraw-Hill, 2004), and editor of "Campaigns on the Cutting Edge" (CQ Press, 2008), the book's second edition (2012) and third edition (2016). His hobbies include hiking, photographing national parks, attending Shakespearean plays and following his beloved New York Yankees. You can also follow him @campaign538 on Twitter.



Favorite Spot on Campus
Nationals Park, National Gallery of Art, Politics and Pros
School of Prof & Extd Studies
Spring Valley Building - 439
Contact Info
(202) 895-4934

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Area of Expertise: Campaign strategy, elections, Congress, executive branch, courts

Additional Information: Richard J. Semiatin
, assistant professor of political science, has taught courses in American politics and government for AU’s Washington Semester Program since 1991. He specializes in elections, campaigns, Congress, the executive branch, courts, and federal and state child-support enforcement. Semiatin is editor and author of the book Campaigns on the Cutting Edge, which will appear in its second edition (CQ Press, 2012).  The book, which features chapters authored by leading scholars, examines how campaigns will be changing during the next decade.  Semiatin's previous book Campaigns in the 21st Century: The Changing Mosaic of American Politics, (McGraw-Hill, 2005), exposed the inner workings of campaigns from organization, to polling, to paid advertising, to life on the campaign trail. He is also author of the monograph 2006 Midterm Elections (McGraw-Hill, 2007). He has authored five other monographs:  2004 Presidential Election (McGraw-Hill, 2005); 2002 Midterm Elections (McGraw-Hill, 2003);  2000 Elections (McGraw-Hill, 2001); 1998 Midterm Elections (McGraw Hill, 1999); and Impeachment and Trial (McGraw Hill, 1999). Semiatin has been published in journals such as Judges Journal, Court Manager, and Comparative State Politics. He coauthored a chapter on the role of interest groups in the 2000 and 2002 congressional elections for a book published by Congressional Quarterly Press in 2004. He has been interviewed by national and international media organizations, including NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, BBC, CBC, Cox Broadcasting, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, Boston Globe, NPR, Associated Press, Reuters, Agence-France Presse, and London Radio News. 

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