Michael Cohen CCPS Faculty Fellow
Michael David Cohen is a faculty fellow in American University’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (CCPS). A historian and a documentary editor, he served until 2019 as editor of the U…
Jeffrey Crouch Assistant Professor School of Prof and Extd Studies
Areas of Expertise: Federal Executive Clemency/Presidential Pardons Dr. Jeffrey Crouch is an assistant professor of American politics at American University. He is the Editor of Congress & the Preside…
Mickey Edwards CCPS Fellow in Residence
Ronald Elving Executive in Residence SPA - Government
Betsy Fischer Martin Executive Director, Women & Politics Institute and Executive in Residence SPA - Government
Betsy Fischer Martin is an Emmy-winning journalist and TV news executive. Currently she is Executive Director of AU School of Public Affairs' Women & Politics Institute and an SPA Executive in Residen…
Andrew Flores Assistant Professor SPA - Government
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…
Eric Hershberg Director, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies Center for Latin American/Latino Studies
Eric Hershberg is director of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies and a professor of government at American University. From 2007-2009 he was President of the Latin American Studies Assoc…
Anita McBride CCPS Fellow in Residence SPA - School of Public Affairs
Anita B. McBride is Executive-in-Residence at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, DC. She directs programming an…
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 …
Alan Rosenblatt Adjunct Professorial Lecturer
Alan Rosenblatt is an adjunct professor of Public Communication. As the Associate Director, Alan directs the social media program for Online Advocacy at American Progress and CAP Action Fund. He is th…
Jordan Tama Associate Professor SIS - School of International Service
Dr. Jordan Tama specializes in the politics, processes, and institutions of U.S. foreign and national security policy making. His research has investigated presidential-congressional relations, foreig…
James Thurber Distinguished Professor SPA - Government
James Wallner Adjunct Professorial Lecturer
James I. Wallner is a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, where he is a member of its Governance Project team and Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group. James is the author of two books, The…
Morten Wendelbo Faculty Fellow
Chris Bertram is a Fellow of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies During his career Chris has held senior positions in the United States House of Representatives, United States Senate, and the Executive Branch.
Most recently, Chris was the Staff Director for the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the United States House of Representatives. During his tenure, Bertram served as the Chairman’s Senior Staffer for all legislative activity within the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s jurisdiction. The Committee’s legislative accomplishments include the enactment of the FAST Act, the longest surface transportation bill in 17 years; the reauthorizations of AMTRAK and the Surface Transportation Board; WRRDA, the first water resources authorization legislation since 2007, and the development of the most transformative Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) bill in almost 60 years. Prior to the Chairman’s selection of Chris as Staff Director, Bertram served as the Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs and the Chief Financial Officer for the United States Department of Transportation; a position to which he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. As Assistant Secretary, Chris was responsible for overseeing the Department’s budget, which totals almost 70 billion per year. Bertram testified over a dozen times before Congress, and served as liaison for financial issues with the White House’s Office of Management and Budget and the Congress. Bertram also served as a member of the Northeast Corridor Commission, and was the recipient of the Secretary’s Gold Medal – the Department’s highest award.
Before confirmation as Assistant Secretary, Chris was a senior professional staff member with the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. In that position, he was involved in developing legislation related to aviation, auto and highway safety, transportation security, pipelines, railroads, and fuel efficiency standards for automobiles.
During his career, Chris also held the position of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Assistant Administrator for Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer. In that position he was responsible for the management and oversight of the agency’s $13 billion budget and 50,000 employees. In addition, Chris served as Staff Director for the House of Representative’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. During that time, he drafted major legislation including the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21), the Aviation Investment and Reform Act (AIR 21) and the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999.
Early in his career Chris served in various positions at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, specializing in aviation, highways, transit, and Coast Guard programs. He was twice awarded professional achievement awards. He also was a budget and program analyst for the United States Department of Transportation.
Chris received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He also earned his Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University. Chris is married to Catherine Bertram, and they have two children; Paul and Anne.
He is a founding Partner of B + S Strategies, a Washington, D.C. based public policy consulting firm.
Dr. Colton Campbell is Professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College. Prior to joining the National War College, he was a legislative aide to Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), then the chair of the Intelligence Committee’s Subcommittee on Terrorism, Analysis and Counter-intelligence, where he handled appropriations, defense, and trade matters for the congressman. Before that, he was an analyst in American national government at the Congressional Research Service, an Assistant and Associate Professor of Political Science at Florida International University, and an APSA Congressional Fellow in the office of Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL). He recently served on the Commander’s Initiative Group for the commander of the International Security Assistance Force, US Forces Afghanistan. He has published 13 books on congressional politics and the legislative process, most recently Congress and Civil-Military Relations (Georgetown University Press, 2015) and Congress and the Politics of National Security (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Dr. Carman is the Stevenson Professor of Citizenship at the University of Glasgow and previously served as the Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences and Dean of the Glasgow-Nankai (China) Joint Graduate School.
Dr. Carman is the co-author of Representing Red and Blue: How the Culture Wars Change the Way Citizens Speak and Politicians Listen (OUP, 2012) and More Scottish than British? The 2011 Scottish Parliament Election (Routledge, 2014) as well as other academic books and journal publications. He is a member, and former director/PI of the Scottish Election Studies team. He has also consulted extensively for the Scottish Parliament, conducting research and drafting several reports on the parliament’s public petitions system and citizen engagement. His research has been supported by several grants from the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council. He is currently the lead academic in the John Smith Centre for Public Service and coordinates the activities of the Stevenson Trust for Citizenship.
Daniel Cox is a research fellow in polling and public opinion at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he specializes in survey research, politics, youth culture and identity, and religion. Before joining AEI, he was the research director at PRRI (Public Religion Research Institute), which he cofounded and where he led the organization’s qualitative and quantitative research program.
He is also the coauthor of numerous academic book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers on topics relating to religious polarization, anti-Muslim attitudes in the US, religious tolerance of atheists, and new methods for measuring social class and religious belief.
Dr. Cox’s work is frequently featured in the popular press, including in The Atlantic, CNN, and The Washington Post. He is a contributor to FiveThirtyEight and a regular guest on Hill.TV.
Dr. Cox holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in American government from Georgetown University, where he focused on public opinion, political behavior, and religion and politics.
David A. Dulio is Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at Oakland University where he teaches courses on campaigns and elections, Congress, political parties, interest groups, and other areas of American politics generally.
Dulio has published nine books, including:
- Campaigns from the Ground Up (Paradigm Publishers 2015).
- Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Riding the Wave (Routledge 2011).
- For Better or Worse? How Professional Political Consultants are Changing Elections in the United States (SUNY Press 2004).
He has written dozens of articles and book chapters on subjects ranging from the role of professional consultants in US elections to campaign finance. Dulio is also a former American Political Science Congressional Fellow on Capitol Hill where he worked in the U.S. House of Representatives Republican Conference for former US Rep. J.C. Watts, Jr. (R-OK).
Frances E. Lee has been a member of the Maryland faculty since 2004. She teaches courses in American government, the public policy process, legislative politics, political ambition, and political institutions. Her research interests focus on American governing institutions, especially the U.S. Congress. She is co-editor of Legislative Studies Quarterly, a scholarly journal specializing in legislatures. She is author of Insecure Majorities: Congress and the Perpetual Campaign (University of Chicago Press, 2016), Beyond Ideology: Politics, Principles and Partisanship in the U.S. Senate (University of Chicago Press, 2009) and coauthor of Sizing Up The Senate: The Unequal Consequences of Equal Representation (University of Chicago Press 1999). She is coauthor of a comprehensive textbook on the U.S. Congress, Congress and Its Members (Sage / CQ Press). Her research has also appeared in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and Legislative Studies Quarterly. Her work has received national recognition, including the American Political Science Association's Richard F. Fenno Award for the best book on legislative politics in 2009, the D. B. Hardeman Award presented by the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation for the best book on a congressional topic in both 1999 and 2009, and the APSA's E. E. Schattschneider Award for the best dissertation in American Politics in 1997. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Vanderbilt University in 1997. She was a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution from 1997-98. From 1998-2003 she taught in the political science department at Case Western Reserve University. In 2002-2003, she worked on Capitol Hill as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow.
Professor of United States Government and Politics in the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster and a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at the American University in Washington, DC and the Institute for the Study of the Americas at University College, London. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. Author of over 50 peer-reviewed articles in leading journals and book chapters as well as the co-author or co-editor of books on congressional-presidential relations, the United States Congress, and comparative legislative politics. He has published widely in leading journals, including Asian Politics and Policy, the Australian Journal of International Relations, British Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Legislative Studies, Political Studies, Politics & Policy, and Revue Française d'Etudes Américaines. His books include The "War on Terror" and the Growth of Executive Power? A Comparative Perspective (Routledge 2010/2012) coedited with Riccardo Pelizzo; America's "War on Terrorism". New Dimensions in US Government and National Security (Lexington 2008) coedited with John W. Dumbrell; Leadership in Context (Rowman & Littlefield 2003), coedited with Erwin C. Hargrove; The Republican Takeover of Congress (Palgrave), coedited with Dean McSweeney; Congress and the Presidency: Institutional Politics in a Separated System (Manchester University Press 1996) co-authored with Michael Foley; and After Full Employment (Hutchinson University Press) coauthored with John Keane. He is a member of the editorial boards of Congress and the Presidency, The Journal of Legislative Studies, and Politics and Policy (also Associate Editor), and a past member of the board of Presidential Studies Quarterly. He is also an executive committee member of the International Political Science Association's Research Committee of Legislative Specialists, a former chair and vice-chair of the American Politics Group of the UK Political Studies Association, former chair of the Political Studies Association's Richard Neustadt Prize Committee, and former chair of the Southern Political Science Association's Phi Sigma Alpha Best Paper award committee. He is a frequent commentator in the media on contemporary United States government and politics, a past visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress, the Centennial Center of the American Political Science Association, the University of Essex, Texas A&M University, and a visitor to numerous universities throughout the world. He has also received awards from the British Academy, the Nuffield Foundation, The Everett McKinley Dirksen Congressional Leadership Center, USIS, and the LBJ Foundation.
Former US Congressman David Skaggs assists clients throughout the US with governmental and legislative relations strategy at the state and federal levels. The Congressman's areas of focus include education, science and technology, national security, and the environment. Congressman Skaggs was a member of the US House of Representatives from the Second Congressional District of Colorado from 1987 to 1999, following three terms in the Colorado House, the last two as minority leader. While in Congress, he served eight years on the House Appropriations Committee and six years on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He was founding co-chair, with then Congressman Ray LaHood (R-IL 18), of an initiative to encourage greater bipartisan cooperation in the House that came to be known as the House Bipartisan Retreats. Prior to joining Dentons, Congressman Skaggs served in the cabinet of Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr. as executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, chaired the Colorado Higher Education Competitive Research Authority and was a commissioner on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Before his time in the Ritter administration, the Congressman founded, and was executive director of, the Center for Democracy & Citizenship at the Aspen Institute and the Council for Excellence in Government. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado School of Law. Congressman Skaggs serves as co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Office of Congressional Ethics of the US House of Representatives, and as vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Endowment for Democracy. He is also an emeritus member of the US Public Interest Declassification Board and was recently elected to the American Law Institute and appointed to the Advisory Committee of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Law & National Security. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Iraq Sulaimani. Congressman Skaggs' prior international experience includes serving on the Secretary of Energy’s Task Force on Nonproliferation Programs in Russia (the Baker-Cutler Task Force) in 1999–2000 and, in 1999, on the Secretary of State’s Overseas Presence Advisory Panel, where he investigated security and other issues affecting State Department’s overseas posts. In 2005, he co-chaired the War Powers Initiative, a bipartisan project of the Constitution Project that involved reexamining the respective prerogatives and responsibilities of the three branches with respect to questions concerning the use of military force. Congressman Skaggs is a Marine Corps veteran. He served in the Vietnam War and attained the rank of Major in the Marine Corps Reserve.
Michael Thorning is a senior policy analyst for BPC’s Democracy Project. Prior to joining BPC, Thorning worked on Capitol Hill for Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, where he focused on campaign finance and election reform, Senate rules and congressional reform, and judiciary, civil rights, and civil liberties issues. While working for Bingaman, he also coordinated the senator’s social media outreach. Thorning earned his B.A. in political science with honors from the University of New Mexico, and served as a Fred R. Harris Congressional Intern.
Jennifer Nicoll Victor is Associate Professor of Political Science at George Mason University’s Schar School Policy and Government, where she serves as the Director of undergraduate programs. She studies the U.S. Congress, legislative organization and behavior, social network methods, political parties, campaign finance, and interest groups and lobbying. She is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Political Networks (2017). She is the co-author (with Nils Ringe) of Bridging the Information Gap: Legislative Member Organizations in the United States and the European Union (U. Michigan Press 2013). Professor Victor has published research in the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science,American Politics Research, Party Politics, Interest Groups & Advocacy, P.S.: Political Science and Politics, and elsewhere. She is a co-founding contributor to the political science blog “Mischiefs of Faction” on Vox.com, and has blogged for The Conversation, Medium, OUP Blog, LSE US Politics blog. She holds a Ph.D. (2003) and an M.A. (1999), in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis, and a B.A. in Political Science from University of California, San Diego (1997). She serves on the Board of Directors of the non-profit, non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics. She is the past president of the National Capital Area Political Science Association, and past Chair of the APSA organized section on Political Networks. In 2005 she served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in the office of Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND). From 2003-2012 she was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She joined the faculty at George Mason in 2012.
Donald R. Wolfensberger is a BPC fellow, and congressional scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He served as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives for 28 years, beginning as legislative director for his home district Representative John B. Anderson, from 1969 to 1978. In 1979, Anderson named him minority counsel on the House Rules Committee’s Subcommittee on Rules of the House. In 1981, then-Representative Trent Lott tapped him as minority counsel for the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative Process, and in 1989-90, he served in that same capacity for Representative Lynn Martin. In 1991, he was appointed by Rules Committee ranking Republican Gerald B.H. Solomon as minority staff director of the full committee, and in 1995 Solomon appointed him as chief-of-staff of the committee, a position in which he served until February 1997. Upon his retirement from the House he was appointed public policy scholar at the Wilson Center, during which time he wrote the book, Congress and the People: Deliberative Democracy on Trial (Johns Hopkins and Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2000). In June 1999, he was appointed director of the newly formed Congress Project at the Wilson Center, organizing seminars involving current and former Members of Congress, congressional scholars, and congressional reporters, to discuss important policy issues before Congress and how the politics and processes affect outcomes. He earned a B.A. in English from North Central College and successfully completed course work towards an M.A. in political science at the University of Iowa.He formerly wrote a twice monthly column, “Procedural Politics,” for the popular Capitol Hill Newspaper, Roll Call, currently writes frequent opinion pieces on Congress for The Hill newspaper, and frequently lectures on how Congress operates to student groups, diplomats and executive branch employees.