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AU Core Staff & Faculty

The AU Core Committee is charged by the Faculty Senate with the review, recommendation, and evaluation of all courses within the AU Core, and for activities related to the AU Core.

The AU Core Committee comprises all members of its Core Council and subcommittees. It is responsible for developing assessment timelines, processes, and guidelines for assessment of the curriculum, applying those assessments to review and approve new and continuing courses, determining transfer course articulations and other exceptions when needed, advising on other programmatic changes and faculty development as appropriate, and maintaining legacy issues pertaining to the General Education program that it replaced.

Staff
AU Core Council
Complex Problems Subcommittee
Creative-Aesthetic Inquiry Subcommittee
Cultural Inquiry Subcommittee
Ethical Reasoning Subcommittee
Natural-Scientific Inquiry Subcommittee
Socio-Historical Inquiry Subcommittee
Diversity & Equity Subcommittee
Written Communication & Information Literacy Subcommittee
Quantitative Literacy Subcommitee

Staff

Cynthia Bair Van Dam Hurst Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Cindy Bair Van Dam is a compositionist who joined the Department of Literature faculty in 1995. In addition to teaching in the Writing Studies Program, Cindy is also the Chair of the AU Core Committee

  cbair@american.edu

  (202) 885-2983

Alexander Breiding Program Coordinator, Core Curriculum

Alex Breiding joined the AU Core team in Fall 2018. Previously, Alex taught mathematics at a public school in Washington, D.C. as well as tutored for years in the area. Alex worked at the University o

  breiding@american.edu

  (202) 885-2134

Richard Duncan Program Manager, University College Provost, Office of the

Richard Duncan serves as the manager for both the Complex Problems first-year seminar program and the University College living-learning community. He joined the Office of Undergraduate Education in J

  rduncan@american.edu

  (202) 885-6737

Brad Knight Director, AU Core General Education

Brad G. Knight serves as the Director of the AU Core at American University. He provides leadership for the university wide general education program, AU Core, and has overall responsibility for the d

  bradly@american.edu

  (202) 885-3869

Isadora Stern AUx Program Manager Provost, Office of the

Isadora (Izzi) Rose Stern began her role as the AUx Program Manager in June 2018. Izzi previously served as the AUx Program Coordinator from June 2016 to May 2018. As Program Manager, Izzi serves as t

  istern@american.edu

  (202) 885-1426

AU Core Council

Chair: Cindy Bair Van Dam

Charles Cox Senior Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Chuck Cox joined AU’s faculty in 1998, as part of the Writing Studies Program, where he teaches the full range of first-year writing courses. His writing seminars typically use pop culture to explore

  ccox@american.edu

  (202) 885-2909

Billy Davies Associate Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Dr. Davies is approaching the study of the European Union legal system from a fresh perspective by critically examining the development of the constitutional practice of law in the EU from a historica

  davies@american.edu

  (202) 885-2319

Ellen Feder Professor and Department Chair, Philosophy and Religion CAS - Philosophy and Religion

Ellen K. Feder is the William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy and Social Policy. She works at the intersection of contemporary continental philosophy and feminist and critical race theory, par

  efeder@american.edu

  (202) 885-2913

Marie Fritz Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs School of Prof and Extd Studies

Areas of Expertise: US Social Policy Development, Urban Policy and Planning, Gender and Anti-Poverty Programs, and DC city politics and governance. Dr. Fritz is a political scientist with over 15 yea

  fritz@american.edu

  (202) 895-4992

Mary Giandrea Senior Professorial Lecturer CAS - History

Mary Frances Giandrea is the author of Episcopal Culture in Late Anglo-Saxon England, the first full-length study of the many roles, both secular and religious, of bishops in tenth and eleventh-centur

  giandrea@american.edu

  (202) 885-2170

Sarah Marsh Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Sarah Marsh is a medical humanist who joined AU’s faculty in Writing Studies and Literature in 2015. Dr. Marsh holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MA and PhD in literature

  marsh@american.edu

  (202) 885-2984

Jeffrey Middents Associate Professor CAS - Literature

Professor Middents studies and teaches film and world literature, specifically focusing on Latin American narratives from the 1960s to the present. His film-oriented courses cover a wide range of conc

  middents@american.edu

  (202) 885-2979

Robert Sicina Executive in Residence KSB - International Business

Professor Sicina has 30 years of experience in senior executive positions at Citibank, American Express and various entrepreneurial endeavors. He worked for fourteen years in Latin America for Citiban

  bsicina@american.edu

  (202) 885-1858

Andrew Spath Professorial Lecturer SIS - School of International Service

Andrew Spath joined the SIS faculty in 2014. His teaching and research focus on politics of the Middle East, authoritarianism, protest and repression, research methods, and simulations. He has conduct

  spath@american.edu

  (202) 885-6208

Margot Susca Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Margot Susca (Ph.D., Florida State University) is a professorial lecturer in SOC's journalism division who also heads the weekend M.A. program in Journalism and Digital Storytelling. She teaches cour

  susca@american.edu

  (202) 885-3345

Jessica Uscinski Senior Professorial Lecturer CAS - Physics

Jessica Uscinski recently joined the Physics Department at American University as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2008. She received her PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Arizona in 200

  uscinski@american.edu

  (202) 885-3505

Katharina Vester Associate Professor CAS - History

Katharina Vester is Assistant Professor of History at American University in Washington, D.C. She specializes in cultural theory, transnational studies, and the dynamics of power in everyday practices

  vester@american.edu

  (202) 885-2409

Jessica Waters Dean of Undergraduate Education & Vice Provost for Academic Student Services Provost, Office of the

Jessica Waters is the Dean for Undergraduate Education and a faculty member in the School of Public Affairs as well as an adjunct faculty member at the Washington College of Law. Her research focuses

  waters@american.edu

  (202) 885-2301

Stef Woods Professorial Lecturer CAS - Critical RGC Studies

Stef Woods is Faculty Director of AUx1 and teaches with the American Studies Program. She specializes in social media, American popular culture, sexuality, nonprofits, and activism. Stef has been

  swoods@american.edu

Lacey Wootton Director, Writing Studies Program CAS - Literature

Lacey Wootton completed her MA in Literature at AU in 1999 and has taught in the Writing Studies Program since then. Prior to her time at AU, she earned a BA in English from U.C. Berkeley, worked in p

  lwoott@american.edu

  (202) 885-2982

Complex Problems

co-Chairs: Chuck Cox & Sarah Marsh

Shawn Bates Assistant Professor SIS-School of Intl Service

Mr. Bates is an international lawyer, mediator, educator and trainer with over 15 years of experience in the international arena. He is currently Assistant Professor in the School of International Ser

  sbates@american.edu

  (202) 885-6169

Justin Bernstine Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Academic Services SOC - School of Communication

Dr. Justin T. Bernstine joined SOC in 2016. Prior to coming to AU, Justin held a variety of positions in student and academic affairs at Portland State University, Montgomery College, and The George W

  justin@american.edu

  (202) 885-2049

Charles Cox Senior Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Chuck Cox joined AU’s faculty in 1998, as part of the Writing Studies Program, where he teaches the full range of first-year writing courses. His writing seminars typically use pop culture to explore

  ccox@american.edu

  (202) 885-2909

Richard Duncan Program Manager, University College Provost, Office of the

Richard Duncan serves as the manager for both the Complex Problems first-year seminar program and the University College living-learning community. He joined the Office of Undergraduate Education in J

  rduncan@american.edu

  (202) 885-6737

Susan Glover Assistant Professor SPA - Government

Professor Glover teaches and does research in the field of comparative politics, with a concentration on Africa. Her past work has focused on democratic transition and consolidation in multi-ethnic st

  glover@american.edu

  (202) 885-2674

Diane Lowenthal School of Prof and Extd Studies

Diane Lowenthal is the Senior Associate Dean in SPExS. She came to AU in 2000 to teach American Politics Seminars and supervise Research Projects for the Washington Semester Program. Prior to joining

  dlowent@american.edu

  (202) 895-4915

Sarah Marsh Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Sarah Marsh is a medical humanist who joined AU’s faculty in Writing Studies and Literature in 2015. Dr. Marsh holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MA and PhD in literature

  marsh@american.edu

  (202) 885-2984

Robert Sicina Executive in Residence KSB - International Business

Professor Sicina has 30 years of experience in senior executive positions at Citibank, American Express and various entrepreneurial endeavors. He worked for fourteen years in Latin America for Citiban

  bsicina@american.edu

  (202) 885-1858

Creative-Aesthetic Inquiry Subcommittee

CHAIR: Jeff Middents

Melissa Becher Librarian University Library

Melissa Becher is a Reference/Instruction Librarian and Associate Director of Research, Teaching, and Learning at AU Library. She provides research assistance and information literacy instruction to t

  mbecher@american.edu

  (202) 885-3263

Andrew Holtin Associate Professor CAS - Art

Andy Holtin received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Sculpture and Exended Media program. His work uses technological systems to create perfomative objects and interactive installation

  holtin@american.edu

  (202) 885-3928

Kimberly Llerena Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Kim Llerena is a photographic artist currently based in Washington, D.C. She received her MFA in Photographic & Electronic Media from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA in Journalism from

  llerena@american.edu

  (202) 885-2073

Marc Medwin Assistant Professor CAS - Performing Arts

Marc Medwin received his undergraduate degree in English literature from Ithaca College in New York. He went on to earn a MA and PhD in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,

  medwin@american.edu

  (202) 885-3446

Jeffrey Middents Associate Professor CAS - Literature

Professor Middents studies and teaches film and world literature, specifically focusing on Latin American narratives from the 1960s to the present. His film-oriented courses cover a wide range of conc

  middents@american.edu

  (202) 885-2979

Shalini Venturelli Associate Professor SIS-School of Intl Service

Dr. Shalini Venturelli is Associate Professor of International Communication and International Relations, in the School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC.  Professor Ventur

  sventur@american.edu

  (202) 885-1635

Cultural Inquiry Subcommittee

CHAIR: Katharina Vester

John Douglass Associate Professor SOC - School of Communication

John Douglass is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. He has been at American for more than 30 years and through most of this time has served as director of the film and media arts division.

  John.Stephen.Douglass@american.edu

  (202) 885-2045

Daniel Dreisbach Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Professor Dreisbach earned a doctor of philosophy degree from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia. His principal research

  ddreisb@american.edu

  (202) 885-2380

Nikhat Ghouse Associate Librarian University Library

Nikhat J. Ghouse is Associate Librarian for the Social Sciences to the College of Arts & Sciences and the Coordinator of the Diversity Alliance Residency Program at American University. In addition to

  ghouse@american.edu

  (202) 885-3841

Ludy Grandas Senior Professorial Lecturer CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Ludy Grandas’ research interests include issues of national identity in Latin America and in the Hispanic communities in the U.S. Her teaching interests include the Studies of Culture in Latin America

  grandas@american.edu

  (202) 885-2434

Pek Koon Heng-Blackburn Assistant Professor SIS-School of Intl Service

Dr. Pek Koon Heng teaches courses on International Relations and International Political Economy in Southeast and East Asia. She also directs SIS’s summer graduate program on “Globalization and Region

  pheng-b@american.edu

  (202) 885-1688

Ayman Omar Associate Professor KSB - International Business

Professor Omar is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Business and a Research Fellow at the Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center (KCGC). His research interests focus on global s

  omar@american.edu

  (202) 885-1995

Katharina Vester Associate Professor CAS - History

Katharina Vester is Assistant Professor of History at American University in Washington, D.C. She specializes in cultural theory, transnational studies, and the dynamics of power in everyday practices

  vester@american.edu

  (202) 885-2409

Ethical Reasoning Subcommittee

CHAIR: Ellen Feder

Evan Berry Associate Professor CAS - Philosophy and Religion

Evan Berry is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Philosophy and Religion. His research examines the relationship between religion and the public sphere in conte

  berry@american.edu

  (202) 885-2493

Amanda Click Assistant Librarian University Library

Amanda is the business librarian at American University, supporting the research needs of the faculty and students in the Kogod School of Business. In 2016, she earned her PhD in Information Science f

  aclick@american.edu

  (202) 885-3245

Alexander Cromwell Instructor SIS - School of International Service

Alexander Cromwell is an Instructor at the School of International Service and the School of Professional and Extended Studies. His research and teaching interests include peace education, youth and p

  cromwell@american.edu

  (202) 885-6650

Heather Elms Associate Professor KSB - International Business

Heather Elms is Associate Professor of International Business at the Kogod School of Business. She currently teaches graduate courses in critical thinking, business at the private/public intersection,

  elms@american.edu

  (202) 885-1965

Ellen Feder Professor and Department Chair, Philosophy and Religion CAS - Philosophy and Religion

Ellen K. Feder is the William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy and Social Policy. She works at the intersection of contemporary continental philosophy and feminist and critical race theory, par

  efeder@american.edu

  (202) 885-2913

Sarah Houser Professorial Lecturer SPA - Government

Sarah L. Houser is a professorial lecturer in the Department of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University. Her research and teaching interests include patriotism and cosmopolit

  houser@american.edu

  (202) 885-6263

Victoria Kiechel Professorial Lecturer SIS-School of Intl Service

Victoria Kiechel, AIA and LEED AP O+M, ID+C, is a practicing architect and native Washingtonian. It’s no wonder that her courses in AU’s Global Environmental Politics Program always include a real-wor

  kiechel@american.edu

  (202) 885-6817

Margot Susca Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Margot Susca (Ph.D., Florida State University) is a professorial lecturer in SOC's journalism division who also heads the weekend M.A. program in Journalism and Digital Storytelling. She teaches cour

  susca@american.edu

  (202) 885-3345

Natural-Scientific Inquiry Subcommittee

CHAIR: Jessica Uscinski

Rachel Borchardt Associate Librarian University Library

Rachel Borchardt is the science librarian at American University. Her professional research focuses on the intersection of metrics and libraries, and she has written and presented on the topic in many

  borchard@american.edu

  (202) 885-3657

Victoria Connaughton Associate Professor

Dr. Connaughton’s research interests encompass the disciplines of developmental biology (nervous system development) and neurobiology. Specifically, she is interested in examining the relation between

  vconn@american.edu

  (202) 885-2188

David Kearns Associate Professor CAS - Psychology

Research interests: Learning, behavior, addiction. Recent publications: Kim, J. S., Gunawan, T., Tripoli, C. S., Silberberg, A., Kearns, D. N. (2018). The effect of economy type on demand and prefer

  kearns@american.edu

  (202) 885-1711

Ryan Moore Associate Professor SPA - Government

Ryan T. Moore is assistant professor of Government in the School of Public Affairs. His research interests include American politics, the politics of social policies (such as pensions, welfare, and he

  rtm@american.edu

  (202) 885-6470

Jessica Uscinski Senior Professorial Lecturer CAS - Physics

Jessica Uscinski recently joined the Physics Department at American University as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2008. She received her PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Arizona in 200

  uscinski@american.edu

  (202) 885-3505

Socio-Historical Inquiry Subcommittee

CHAIR: Mary frances giandrea

Ernesto Castaneda-Tinoco Assistant Professor CAS - Sociology

Ernesto Castañeda conducts research on migration, urban issues, health disparities, vulnerable populations, and social movements. He compares immigrant integration and ethnic political mobilization in

  (202) 885-2412

Marie Fritz Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs School of Prof and Extd Studies

Areas of Expertise: US Social Policy Development, Urban Policy and Planning, Gender and Anti-Poverty Programs, and DC city politics and governance. Dr. Fritz is a political scientist with over 15 yea

  fritz@american.edu

  (202) 895-4992

Mary Giandrea Senior Professorial Lecturer CAS - History

Mary Frances Giandrea is the author of Episcopal Culture in Late Anglo-Saxon England, the first full-length study of the many roles, both secular and religious, of bishops in tenth and eleventh-centur

  giandrea@american.edu

  (202) 885-2170

Olivia Ivey Associate Librarian University Library

As the public affairs librarian, Olivia supports the research needs of SPA students and faculty through research assistance and collection development in the fields of law, criminal justice, public af

  olivia.ivey@american.edu

  (202) 885-3236

Mirjana Morosini Instructor SIS-School of Intl Service

Mirjana Morosini is an historian of modern Europe, with particular emphases on Germany and broader Central Europe, the Balkans, Italy, and modern European imperial overseas possessions. Her work focus

  morosini@american.edu

  (202) 885-6827

Elizabeth Suhay Associate Professor SPA - Government

Liz Suhay specializes in the study of public opinion, political psychology, and political communication, all within the U.S. context. Her current research agenda is divided between two topic areas. Th

  suhay@american.edu

  (202) 885-6258

Diversity & Equity Subcommittee

chair: Lily Wong

Priya Doshi Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Priya Lothe Doshi has 20 years of experience as a public relations practitioner creating and implementing strategic communications plans, conducting media relations, training spokespeople, and plannin

  doshi@american.edu

  (202) 885-2780

Doga Eralp Professorial Lecturer SIS-School of Intl Service

Dr Eralp is a scholar-practitioner of international conflict resolution with more than a decade of experience in international dialogue facilitation. His work focuses on social media and peace process

  ueralp@american.edu

  (202) 885-6830

Alice Kim Instructor School of Prof and Extd Studies

Areas of Expertise: English as a Second Language, Academic WritingAlice Kim is a Full-Time Instructor of the English Language and Training Academy (ELTA). She teaches courses for both ELTA and the Acc

  kkim@american.edu

  (202) 885-4931

Sarah Mady Assistant Professor KSB - International Business

Professor Mady teaches undergraduate courses on international marketing and cultural environment of international business. Her research interests focus on minority targeting, acculturation, and globa

  mady@american.edu

  (202) 885-6388

Nobue Matsuoka Associate Librarian University Library

Nobue, a native of Japan, moved from New Orleans in 2006 to become the Music/Performing Arts librarian at American University. As the head of the music library in Katzen, Nobue is responsible for the

  nobue@american.edu

  (202) 885-3465

Jane Palmer Professorial Lecturer SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Jane Palmer has a Ph.D. in Justice, Law & Society from American University, an M.S.W. from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and a B.A. in Sociology from Smi

  jpalmer@american.edu

  (202) 885-3118

Li (Lily) Wong Assistant Professor CAS - Literature

Lily Wong received her PhD in Comparative Literature at University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on the politics of affect/emotion, gender/sexuality, comparative race, as well as

  wong@american.edu

  (202) 885-2987

Written Communication & Information Literacy Subcommittee

chair: Lacey wootton

Aaron Boesenecker Assistant Professor SIS-School of Intl Service

Dr. Aaron P. Boesenecker joined the SIS faculty in the fall of 2009.  He teaches across various SIS programs, including the Undergraduate Program, the Online M.A. in International Relations Program, a

  boesenec@american.edu

  (202) 885-6326

Rachel Borchardt Associate Librarian University Library

Rachel Borchardt is the science librarian at American University. Her professional research focuses on the intersection of metrics and libraries, and she has written and presented on the topic in many

  borchard@american.edu

  (202) 885-3657

Billy Davies Associate Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Dr. Davies is approaching the study of the European Union legal system from a fresh perspective by critically examining the development of the constitutional practice of law in the EU from a historica

  davies@american.edu

  (202) 885-2319

Amy Eisman Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

Amy Eisman is the Director of the Journalism Division. She has overseen several programs at SOC as well as teaches journalism, digital content and entrepreneurship. From 2015-2017 she facilitated the

  aeisman@american.edu

  (202) 885-2106

Jolynn Gardner Director, Public Health Program CAS - Health Studies

Jolynn Gardner is the Director of the Public Health Program in the Department of Health Studies. Dr. Gardner has over 25 years of experience in undergraduate Public Health education. She earned a doct

  jgardner@american.edu

  (202) 885-3943

Neisha-Anne Green Writing Center Director CAS - Literature

Academic Interests: Social Justice Pedagogy, Writing Center Theory and Practice, Writing Center Tutor Education What began as volunteer work has blossomed into passion for Neisha-Anne. Outside of he

  ngreen@american.edu

  (202) 885-2392

Katherine Wilson Associate Chair, Literature CAS - Literature

Kate Wilson double-majored in music and English at Stanford University and holds an MA in Medieval Studies and PhD in English from The Catholic University of America. Her research interests include me

  kwilson@american.edu

  (202) 885-3917

Lacey Wootton Director, Writing Studies Program CAS - Literature

Lacey Wootton completed her MA in Literature at AU in 1999 and has taught in the Writing Studies Program since then. Prior to her time at AU, she earned a BA in English from U.C. Berkeley, worked in p

  lwoott@american.edu

  (202) 885-2982

Quantitative Literacy Subcommittee

Chair: Andrew Spath

Nathan Harshman Associate Professor and Department Chair, Physics CAS - Physics

Professor Harshman pursues research in theoretical physics, focusing his studies on the intersection of quantum information theory and particle physics. Entanglement is a fundamental resource for many

  harshman@american.edu

  (202) 885-3479

Stefan Kramer Associate Librarian University Library

Stefan became the Research Data Librarian at American U. in August of 2013, and the library's Associate Director for Research Data Services in October of 2014. Prior to joining AU, he worked in data l

  skramer@american.edu

  (202) 885-3844

Jennifer LaFleur Data Journalist in Residence SOC - School of Communication

Jennifer LaFleur joined AU in Fall 2017 as data journalist in residence and data editor for The Investigative Reporting Workshop. Previously, she was a senior editor at Reveal from The Center for Inve

  lafleur@american.edu

Joshua Lansky Professor CAS - Math and Statistics

Dr. Lansky attended Brown University as an undergraduate. He graduated magna cum laude with Honors in 1993 with an ScB degree in mathematics and physics. He did his graduate study in mathematics at Ha

  lansky@american.edu

  (202) 885-3687

Elizabeth Malloy Associate Professor CAS - Math and Statistics

I am an applied statistician with a primary focus in biostatistics. My main interest is in applications to occupational and environmental health settings, although I have had the privilege of working

  (202) 885-3614

Jay Simon Associate Professor KSB - Information Technology

Dr. Simon joined the Kogod faculty in 2015. He was previously a faculty member of the Naval Postgraduate School. His research is in decision analysis. His main research focus is multi-attribute prefer

  (202) 885-1910

Andrew Spath Professorial Lecturer SIS - School of International Service

Andrew Spath joined the SIS faculty in 2014. His teaching and research focus on politics of the Middle East, authoritarianism, protest and repression, research methods, and simulations. He has conduct

  spath@american.edu

  (202) 885-6208

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,

  steele@american.edu

  (202) 885-3762

Joseph Young Associate Professor and Department Chair, JLC SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Professor Young's interests relate to the cross-national causes and consequences of political violence. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles across academic disciplines, including politica

  jyoung@american.edu

  (202) 885-2618