Faculty and Visiting Scholars

Scroll through the listings below to learn more about the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies' faculty and visiting scholars.


CCPS Faculty


Patrick Griffin Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Patrick J. Griffin teaches a graduate seminar on the legislative process and is the academic director of the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute for CCPS. In addition, he is working on the AU/Pe

  griffin@american.edu

Candice Nelson Professor and Department Chair, Government SPA - Government

Candice J. Nelson is a Professor in the Department of Government and the Academic Director of the Campaign Management Institute. She is an expert on presidential and congressional elections, and also

  cnelson@american.edu

  (202) 885-2338

Visiting Scholars


John E. Owens

John E. Owens is Adjunct Research Fellow at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies. He is Professor of United States Government and Politics in the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster where he is Director of CSD's Legislative Governance Project. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.

Julien Zarifian

Julien Zarifian is Associate Professor (“Maître de conferences”) in American Studies at the University of Cergy-Pontoise, France. He received his Ph.D. in Geopolitics from the French Institute of Geopolitics, Paris 8 University, in 2010. His current research involves US foreign policies in Eurasia, and the role of ethnic lobbies in the making of US foreign policy.

Christopher J. Carman

Christopher J. Carman (Ph.D., 2000, University of Houston) is the Stevenson Professor of Citizenship at the University of Glasgow. He has previously taught at the Universities of Strathclyde and Pittsburgh. He research focuses on political representation and its alternatives (e.g., public petitions systems), elections and electoral processes, public opinion and pulic (environmental) policy. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as co-authored several books examining politics, elections and representation in the United States, Scotland and the wider United Kingdom. At the University of Glasgow Professor Carman has served as the Head of Subject (Politics), the Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences (the largest School in the University, made up of the subject areas of Politics; Sociology; Urban Studies & Public Policy; Economic & Social History; and Central & Eastern European Studies) and currently is the Deputy Head of the School and Research Convener of Social and Poltical Sciences. In February 2016 he was appointed to the post of Glasgow Academic Dean of the Glasgow-Nankai Joint Graduate School, the first co-operative postgraduate School between Chinese and Western Universities of its kind.