Colleges and Schools Contacts

Departmental Research Administrators (DRAs) have a wide range of responsibilities and functions while managing research portfolios. DRAs work at the departmental and college levels. DRAs have expertise in both pre- and postaward activities and are intimately involved with all facets of the research administration process.  
 

College & Schools Contacts
Unit Contact Role Title Email
College of Arts & Sciences Kim Blankenship, Ph.D Pre/Post Award Assoc. Dean for Research blankens@american.edu
College of Arts & Sciences Irina Komives Pre-Award Director of Pre-Award Grants and Contracts komives@american.edu
College of Arts & Sciences Ian Poquet Post-Award Contract Coordinator poquet@american.edu
College of Arts & Sciences Cathy Samuels Post-Award Director, Contract Admin. csamuel@american.edu
College of Arts & Sciences Antoinette Small Post-Award Asst. Dir., Grants & Contracts Admin. antdeb@american.edu
College of Arts & Sciences Ernesto Asuncion Post-Award Contract Coordinator easuncion@american.edu
Kogod School of Business Parthiban David Pre/Post Award Sr. Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs parthiba@american.edu
Kogod School of Business Reena Dwire Post-Award Academic Affairs Grant Coord. rdwire@american.edu
Kogod School of Business Neelum Buttar Post-Award Asst. Dir., Financial Operations nbuttar@american.edu
School of Communication Kristi Plahn-Gjersvold Post-Award Asst. Dean of Admin. & Strategic Initiatives kristipg@american.edu
School of Communication Guenet Assefa Post-Award Finance Manager guenet@american.edu
School of Education Bridget Mullan Pre-Award Pre-Award Grant and Contract Coordinator bmullan@american.edu
School of Education Sepi Davoudzadeh Post-Award Grants and Contracts Manager davoudza@american.edu
School of International Service Kathryn Agoston Pre-Award Associate Director, Research agoston@american.edu
School of International Service Sandra Martinez Post-Award Sr. Director, Finance and Admin. sisofo@american.edu
School of International Service Lela Gant Post-Award Grants and Contracts Manager gant@american.edu
Provost Claudia Lazo Post-Award Director, Finance and Administration clazo@american.edu
School of Public Affairs Colette Abichaker Pre-Award Asst. Director, WIPAR abichake@american.edu
School of Public Affairs Heather Kirkland Post-Award Asst, Dir. Fin. Ops. and Grants Mgmt. heatherk@american.edu
School of Public Affairs Joe Young Pre-Award Director, WIPAR jyoung@american.edu
University Library Michele Mikkelsen Director, Administrative Services mmikkel@american.edu
University Library Laura Neal Assistant to the University Librarian lneal@american.edu
Washington College of Law LaShana Calloway Post-Award Sr. Grant and Contract Manager calloway@wcl.american.edu
WAMU 88.5 Lynn Croneberger Pre-Award Chief Development Officer lynnc@american.edu
WAMU 88.5 Colin Eustis Post-Award Financial Analyst ceustis@american.edu

OSP Staff: Central Research Administrators

Central Research Administrators serves as a central resource to support all American University research endeavors by providing guidance and stewardship for researchers and administrators. The purpose of central research administration is to provide administrative support to investigators in their pursuit of research and other scholarly activities while ensuring compliance with federal, local, organizational and sponsor regulations, term and conditions.

OSP Pre/Post Staff Assignments
Unit PreAwardOSPContact PostAwardOSPContact
Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS) Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
Center for Teaching, Research and Learning (CTRL) Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
Center for University Exellence (CUE) Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
Center for Neuroscience and Behaviour (CNB) Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
Center for Environment, Community, and Equity (CECE) Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
Provost Office Academic Affairs Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
CAS Anthropology Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
CAS Antiracism Research and Policy Center (ARPC) Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
CAS Art Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
CAS Biology Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
CAS Center for Israel Studies Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
CAS Center on Health, Risk and Society (CHRS) Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
CAS Chemistry Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
CAS Computer Science Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
CAS Dean's Office Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
CAS Economics Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
CAS Environmental Science Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
CAS Health Studies Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
CAS History Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
CAS Katzen Gallery Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
CAS Literature Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
CAS Mathematics and Statistics Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
CAS Neuroscience Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
CAS Performing Arts Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
CAS Philosophy and Religion Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
CAS Physics Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
CAS Psychology Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
CAS Sociology Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
CAS World Languages and Cultures Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
Kogod School of Business (KSB) Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
Office of Sustainability Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
Office of Research Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
Provost Office Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
School of Communication (SOC) Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Katrina Wade (Ext. 3144)
School of Education (SOE) Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
School of International Service (SIS) Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
School of Public Affairs-JPO Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
Washington College of Law (WCL) Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
WAMU Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
University Campus Life Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
University Library Zanetta Ford-Byrd (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
Federal subrecipient monitoring and subaward agreements N/A Katrina Wade (Ext. 3144)
Non-Federal subrecipient monitoring and subaward agreements Katrina Wade (Ext. 3144)

Other Contacts

Information on Human Subjects and Animal Welfare Research, and Research Integrity
Matthew Zembrzuski
Research Compliance Manager
zembrzus@american.edu
(202) 885-3447

Information on Research Promotion, RAC Training, and Website Maintenance
Jennifer Maher
Assistant Director of Operations & Communications
jmaher@american.edu
(202) 885-3474