Central Research Administrators- OSP Staff

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) Alison Kaufmann (Ext. 3457) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
Center for Teaching, Research and Learning (CTRL) Alison Kaufmann (Ext. 3457) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
Center for University Exellence (CUE) Vibeke Svensson (Ext. 3885) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
Center for Neuroscience and Behaviour (CNB) TBD TBD
Institute for Community Adaptation, Resilience, and Equity (I-CARE) TBD TBD
CAS Academic Affairs Alison Kaufmann (Ext. 3457) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
CAS Anthropology Alison Kaufmann (Ext. 3457) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
CAS Antiracism Research and Policy Center (ARPC) Alison Kaufmann (Ext. 3457) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
CAS Art Karissa Dysart (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
CAS Biology Alison Kaufmann (Ext. 3457) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
CAS Center for Israel Studies Karissa Dysart (Ext. 3445) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
CAS Center on Health, Risk and Society (CHRS) Karissa Dysart (Ext. 3445) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
CAS Chemistry Karissa Dysart (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
CAS Computer Science Alison Kaufmann (Ext. 3457) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
CAS Dean's Office Alison Kaufmann (Ext. 3457) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
CAS Economics Karissa Dysart (Ext. 3445) Katrina Wade (Ext. 3144)
CAS Environmental Science Karissa Dysart (Ext. 3445) Katrina Wade (Ext. 3144)
CAS Health Studies Alison Kaufmann (Ext. 3457) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
CAS History Karissa Dysart (Ext. 3445) Katrina Wade (Ext. 3144)
CAS Literature Alison Kaufmann (Ext. 3457) Katrina Wade (Ext. 3144)
CAS Mathematics and Statistics Karissa Dysart (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
CAS Performing Arts Karissa Dysart (Ext. 3445) Katrina Wade (Ext. 3144)
CAS Philosophy and Religion Karissa Dysart (Ext. 3445) Katrina Wade (Ext. 3144)
CAS Physics Karissa Dysart (Ext. 3445) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
CAS Psychology Karissa Dysart (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
CAS Sociology Karissa Dysart (Ext. 3445) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
CAS World Languages and Cultures Karissa Dysart (Ext. 3445) Katrina Wade (Ext. 3144)
Kogod School of Business (KSB) Karissa Dysart (Ext. 3445) Katrina Wade (Ext. 3144)
Office of Sustainability Karissa Dysart (Ext. 3445) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
Provost Office Alison Kaufmann (Ext. 3457) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
School of Communication (SOC) Alison Kaufmann (Ext. 3457) Katrina Wade (Ext. 3144)
School of Education (SOE) Alison Kaufmann (Ext. 3457) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
School of International Service (SIS) Alison Kaufmann (Ext. 3457) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
School of Professional and Extended Studies Alison Kaufmann (Ext. 3457) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
School of Public Affairs-JPO Alison Kaufmann (Ext. 3457) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
School of Public Affairs-WIPAR Alison Kaufmann (Ext. 3457) Stephen Petix (Ext. 3994)
Washington College of Law (WCL) Karissa Dysart (Ext. 3445) Susana Birdsong (Ext. 3156)
WAMU Karissa Dysart (Ext. 3445) Katrina Wade (Ext. 3144)
University Campus Life Alison Kaufmann (Ext. 3457) Katrina Wade (Ext. 3144)
University Library Alison Kaufmann (Ext. 3457) Katrina Wade (Ext. 3144)
Federal subrecipient monitoring and subaward agreements N/A Katrina Wade (Ext. 3144)

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 Email
College of Arts & Sciences Kim Blankenship, Ph.D Assoc. Dean for Research blankens@american.edu
College of Arts & Sciences Irina Komives Director of Pre-Award Grants and Contracts komives@american.edu
College of Arts & Sciences Julia Murray Pre-Award Grants & Contracts Coord. jmurray@american.edu
College of Arts & Sciences Cathy Samuels Director, Contract Admin. csamuel@american.edu
College of Arts & Sciences Antoinette Small Asst. Dir., Grants & Contracts Admin. antdeb@american.edu
College of Arts & Sciences Ernesto Asuncion Contract Coordinator easuncion@american.edu
Kogod School of Business Parthiban David Sr. Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs parthiba@american.edu
Kogod School of Business Reena Dwire Academic Affairs Grant Coord. rdwire@american.edu
Kogod School of Business Neelum Buttar Asst. Dir., Financial Operations nbuttar@american.edu
School of Communication Kristi Plahn-Gjersvold Asst. Dean of Admin. & Strategic Initiatives kristipg@american.edu
School of Communication Guenet Assefa Finance Manager guenet@american.edu
School of Education Bridget Mullan Pre-Award Grant and Contract Coordinator bmullan@american.edu
School of Education Sepi Davoudzadeh Grants and Contracts Manager davoudza@american.edu
School of International Service David Lindgren Asst. Director, SIS Grant Dev. lindgren@american.edu
School of International Service Sandra Martinez Sr. Director, Finance and Admin. sisofo@american.edu
School of International Service Lela Gant Grants and Contracts Manager gant@american.edu
SPExS Claudia Lazo Director, Finance and Administration clazo@american.edu
School of Public Affairs Dave Marcotte Director, WIPAR marcotte@american.edu
School of Public Affairs Colette Abichaker Asst. Director, WIPAR abichake@american.edu
School of Public Affairs Heather Kirkland Asst, Dir. Fin. Ops. and Grants Mgmt. heatherk@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 Sr. Grant and Contract Manager calloway@wcl.american.edu
WAMU 88.5 Lynn Croneberger Chief Development Officer lynnc@american.edu
WAMU 88.5 Colin Eustis Financial Analyst ceustis@american.edu