Education Policy and Leadership

Director, Education Policy and Leadership

Jason Snyder Senior Professorial Lecturer CAS - School of Education

Jason Snyder’s teaching and research focuses on education law and education policy. Prior to joining American University’s faculty, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the U.S. Depar

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Program Coordinator


Graziella Covello Graduate Program Coordinator CAS - School of Education

Grace joined AU as the Education Policy and Leadership Program Coordinator in June 2017. She works with the School of Education on admitting and advising master's students in the Education Policy and

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Kaili Baucum Professorial Lecturer CAS - School of Education

Kaili Baucum, PhD teaches courses in the Education Policy and Leadership program. Kaili holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy from Rutgers University-Newark. Her research examines programs designed for im

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Shayna Cook Adjunct Instructor

Shayna Cook is a policy analyst in New America's Education Policy Program. Cook researches and reports on innovation in family engagement, new technologies, and digital equity issues concerning childr

Traci Dennis Instructor CAS - School of Education

Traci Dennis joined AU in 2016 as a Term Faculty. Traci has a strong record of teaching and leadership experience in K-12 urban schools. Previous to this role, Traci was a Manager of Professional Serv

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Jennifer Green Adjunct Instructor

Jennifer Green is an Assistant Principal of Literacy for DC Public Schools. Prior to working as an administrator, she taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in DCPS and served as a Reading Specialist. S

Donna Hollingshead Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Donna Shimoda Hollingshead serves as the Associate Superintendent for School Administration in the Office of School Support and Improvement for Montgomery County Public Schools. Her previous professio

Thomas Husted Professor CAS - Economics

My research examines the political economy of various government expenditure programs, including primary and secondary education, income redistribution, and federal disaster aid.

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Sarah Irvine Belson Executive Director, Institute for Innovation in Education CAS - School of Education

Dr. Sarah Irvine Belson holds a PhD from Arizona State University in Curriculum and Instructional with a cognate in Special Education. Her research explores educational opportunity for children with d

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Frederic Jacobs Professor CAS - School of Education

Research and Teaching Interests: The role, function, and impact of higher education; theory and practice in adult learning; public policy and education; quantitative research.

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Erick Lang Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Erick Lang serves as the associate superintendent for the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs for Montgomery County Public Schools. Prior to his current assignment, he served as a teacher,

Emily Peterson Assistant Professor CAS - School of Education

Dr. Emily Grossnickle Peterson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education and an affiliate faculty member in the Psychology Department and the Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience PhD progr

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Nicholas Rodriguez Adjunct Instructor

Nick Rodriguez is a principal at Delivery Associates, an organization whose mission is to improve the effectiveness and accountability of government worldwide. Nick’s primary expertise is in the ef

Jenna Sablan Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Jenna Sablan’s research focuses on higher education policy, college access, and the K–12 to higher education transition. She previously served as the inaugural 2016–17 American Educational Resear

Jennifer Steele Associate Professor CAS - School of Education

Dr. Jennifer L. Steele is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at American University, and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her research,

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Vivian Vasquez Professor CAS - School of Education

Dr. Vivian Maria Vasquez is a Professor of Education at American University. She has worked in the field of education for over 30 years. Her research interests are in critical literacy, early literacy

Peter Weber Adjunct Instructor

Pete Weber is an independent consulting focusing on strategic planning and organizational development. His clients include school districts, charter schools, hospitals, and non-profit organizations. H

Conor Williams Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Conor P. Williams is a senior researcher in New America's Education Policy Program. His work addresses policies and practices related to educational equity, dual language learners, immigration, and sc