CCPS Fellows

Jeffrey Crouch Assistant Professor School of Prof and Extd Studies

Areas of Expertise: Federal Executive Clemency/Presidential PardonsDr. Jeffrey Crouch is an assistant professor of American politics at American University. He is the Editor of AU's Congress & the Pre

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Chris Edelson Assistant Professor SPA - Government

Chris Edelson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government. His teaching and research interests focus on presidential national security power under the U.S. Constitution. His first book,

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Betsy Fischer Martin Executive Director, Women and Politics Institute and Executive in Residence

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

Daniel M. Freeman J.D. Fellow in Residence SPA - Government

Professor Freeman has extensive experience in government policy making. He is admitted to the bar of District of Columbia and Federal Courts, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. He served as White Hous

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R. Sam Garrett Adjunct Professorial Lecturer SPA - Government

R. Sam Garrett holds a Ph.D. in political science, M.P.A. and B.A. (summa cum laude), all from American University’s School of Public Affairs. He serves as Specialist in American National Government a

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Jeff Gill Distinguished Professor SPA - Government

Jeff Gill - a Distinguished Professor of Government, Professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, and a Member of the Center Behavioral Neuroscience at American University. He is also the

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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

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Jennifer Lawless Professor SPA - Government

Jennifer L. Lawless graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York, with a B.A. in political science. She went on to receive an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. Her

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Jan Leighley Professor SPA - Government

Jan E. Leighley's research and teaching interests focus on American political behavior, voter turnout, media and politics, and racial/ethnic political behavior. She has published in the American Polit

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David Lublin Professor SPA - Government

The recipient of two grants from the National Science Foundation grants and a fellowship from the German Marshall Fund, David Lublin has authored three books, including Minority Rules: Electoral Syste

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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

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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

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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

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Alicia Prevost SPA - Government

Alicia Kolar Prevost brings more than 10 years of experience in government and politics to her American government classes. She has worked at the Democratic National Committee, the 2000 and 2004 Democ

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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

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Jordan Tama Associate Professor SIS-School of Intl 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

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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

Matthew Wright Associate Professor SPA - Government

Professor Wright has taught courses on American politics, public opinion, political psychology, immigration, and political methodology. In his research, he has explored numerous topics relevant to Ame

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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. 

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, 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.

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.

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).

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.

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).

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.