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SPA: Public Administration
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SPA: Public Administration
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8070

The Department of Public Administration and Policy faculty includes leading scholars across a variety of areas within public administration, public policy, and organization development. This breadth of faculty expertise serves as the foundation for cutting-edge research on a broad range of issues and the education of students to think critically about public service.

Full-Time Faculty

  1. Khaldoun AbouAssi

    Khaldoun AbouAssi, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Khaldoun AbouAssi holds a PhD in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. From 2012-2015, Dr. AbouAssi was an Assistant Professor at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texa… More

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    (202) 885-2509

  2. Anna Amirkhanyan

    Anna Amirkhanyan, Associate Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Professor Amirkhanyan’s research and teaching focuses on public and nonprofit management, public sector reform, organizational performance, social policy, research methodology, and intellectual history of public administration. Amirkhanyan’s articles… More

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    (202) 885-6289

  3. Karen Baehler

    Karen Baehler, Scholar in Residence

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Professor Karen Baehler holds a Ph.D. in Policy Sciences from the University of Maryland (1999), where she also earned a Master of Public Policy (1991). Her B.A. is from St. Olaf College (1981), where she majored in Philosophy. Professor Baehler brin… More

    Send email to Karen Baehler

    (202) 885-6072

  4. Scott A. Bass

    Scott A. Bass, Provost

    Provost, Office of the

    Scott A. Bass is the Provost at AU and Professor of Public Administration and Policy. A Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, Dr. Bass received the Donald P. Kent Award for exhibiting the highest standards for professional leadership in ge… More

    Send email to Scott A. Bass

    (202) 885-2127

  5. Robert Durant

    Robert Durant, Professor Emeritus

    Professor Durant resides in Atlanta, Georgia and is a founding partner of Emeritus Associates, LLC. His teaching and research focus is executive branch politics, public management, policy implementation, environmental policy, and administrative refor… More

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    (202) 885-2509

  6. Lewis Faulk

    Lewis Faulk, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Professor Faulk's research focuses on nonprofit management, nonprofit finance, and the intersection of nonprofit organizations and public policy. He has a Ph.D. in Public Policy with a concentration in Nonprofit and Public Management from the joint P… More

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    (202) 885-6384

  7. Nathan Favero

    Nathan Favero, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Nathan Favero is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. His research focuses on internal management, performance, research methodology, race/ethnicity, and customer satisfaction in the context of public institut… More

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    (202) 885-6362

  8. Daniel Fiorino

    Daniel Fiorino, Distinguished Executive in Residence

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Daniel J. Fiorino is the Director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Executive in Residence in the School of Public Affairs at American University. As a faculty member in the Department of Public Administration and Policy, he teaches courses … More

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    (202) 885-3864

  9. Carla Flink

    Carla Flink, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Carla Flink is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Texas A&M University in 2014. Professor Flink’s research interests are in public budgeting and finance, public… More

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  10. Seth Gershenson

    Seth Gershenson, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Dr. Seth Gershenson holds a PhD from Michigan State University in Economics with a primary focus on education policy. While at Michigan State, he taught several courses and received an Outstanding Teaching award. Professor Gershenson has also been ho… More

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    (202) 885-2687

  11. Bradley Hardy

    Bradley Hardy, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Bradley Hardy is on leave during academic year 2016-2017 as the Okun-Model fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution. Hardy is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy. His research interests lie within labor economic… More

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    (202) 885-3881

  12. Derek Hyra

    Derek Hyra, Associate Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Derek Hyra is an associate professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. His research focuses on processes of neighborhood change, with an emphasis on housing, metropolitan politics, and race. Dr. Hyra is the… More

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    (202) 885-2440

  13. Alison Jacknowitz

    Alison Jacknowitz, Associate Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Alison Jacknowitz (PhD, Policy Analysis) is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy. She regularly teaches Methods of Problem Solving I, Social Policy and Programs, and Public Program Evaluation. Jacknowitz has been the recipient o… More

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    (202) 885-2137

  14. Jocelyn Johnston

    Jocelyn Johnston, Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Professor Johnston’s current research focuses on government contracting, public management, and intergovernmental programs and policy. Her publications can be seen in such scholarly journals as the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory… More

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    (202) 885-2608

  15. Laura Langbein

    Laura Langbein, Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Professor Langbein teaches quantitative methods, program evaluation, policy analysis, and public choice. Her research fields include: theories of bureaucratic discretion, productivity, principal-agent models, social capital, and cooperation in the wo… More

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    (202) 885-6233

  16. Constance Lindsay

    Constance Lindsay, Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Dr. Constance A. Lindsay is currently a Professorial Lecturer in the School of Public Affairs at American University teaching courses in quantitative methods and education policy. Dr. Lindsay obtained a doctorate in Human Development and Social Polic… More

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    (202) 885-2307

  17. Patrick Malone

    Patrick Malone, Executive in Residence

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Professor Malone is an Executive-in-Residence in the Department of Public Administration and Policy where he teaches courses in public sector leadership, executive problem solving, organizational analysis, action learning, leadership ethics, and publ… More

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    (202) 885-6271

  18. Dave Marcotte

    Dave Marcotte, Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Dave E. Marcotte is Professor in the Dept. of Public Administration and Policy and Director of the Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research. His recent research focuses on determinants of achievement in K-12 education; the importance of cost … More

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  19. Howard McCurdy

    Howard McCurdy, Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Dr. Howard McCurdy is professor of public affairs in the public administration and policy department at American University in Washington, D.C. Public management, organization theory, science policy, and financial management are the focus of Professo… More

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    (202) 885-6236

  20. Taryn Morrissey

    Taryn Morrissey, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Dr. Morrissey's work centers on examining and improving public policies for vulnerable children. Ongoing research examines the social determinants of food insecurity and obesity, and the impacts of neighborhood poverty and family instability on child… More

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    (202) 885-6323

  21. Daniel Mullins

    Daniel Mullins, Associate Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Professor Mullin's research has focused on fiscal reform and decentralization, intergovernmental fiscal systems, the effects of tax and expenditure limitations on state and local fiscal structure, the implications of demographic changes for state and… More

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    (202) 885-6117

  22. Daniel Puskin

    Daniel Puskin, Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Daniel Puskin is a Professorial Lecturer of Public Administration and Policy. He teaches quantitative methods and economics for policy analysis. Before joining American, he worked as an economist in the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Securit… More

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    (202) 885-6210

  23. Barbara Romzek

    Barbara Romzek, Dean, School of Public Affairs

    SPA - Dean's Office

    Dean of the School of Public Affairs at American University, Dr. Barbara Romzek is recognized for her expertise in the area of public management and accountability with emphases on government reform, contracting, and network service delivery. Her res… More

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    (202) 885-2940

  24. David Rosenbloom

    David Rosenbloom, Distinguished Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Distinguished Professor of Public Administration, Rosenbloom specializes in constitutional-administrative law, administrative theory, history, reform, and personnel management. A major contributor to the field and a National Academy of Public Adminis… More

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    (202) 885-2361

  25. Jeremy Shiffman

    Jeremy Shiffman, Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Jeremy Shiffman is Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University. A political scientist by training, he researches the politics of health policy and administration in poor countries. He has a particular interest in health agend… More

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    (202) 885-3653

  26. Erdal Tekin

    Erdal Tekin, Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Professor Tekin is an economist with primary research interests in the fields of health economics and demographic economics. Within these fields, the main theme of his research is the economic analysis of risky behaviors and the consequences of pren… More

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    (202) 885-6361

  27. Robert Tobias

    Robert Tobias, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence

    SPA - Key Leadership Program

    Robert Tobias teaches courses in public sector leadership in the Key Executive Leadership Programs. He also teaches facilitation and team development, conflict management and alternative dispute resolution, and managing labor management relations. Fi… More

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    (202) 885-6271

  28. Ruth Wagner

    Ruth Wagner, Executive in Residence

    SPA - AU MSOD

    Dr. Ruth Wagner is a graduate of the AU MSOD program and a very active OD scholar-practitioner. After an early career in software engineering, Ruth led a change management practice of 50 consultants in the role of Vice President for American Manageme… More

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    (202) 885-2952

  29. Sonja Walti

    Sonja Walti, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Dr. Walti is an international scholar in public policy. Her fields of specialization include comparative public policy and public administration, policy analysis, comparative federalism, and environmental policy. She has conducted research related to… More

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    (202) 885-3738

  30. Vicky Wilkins

    Vicky Wilkins, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Vicky M. Wilkins is the Senior Associate Dean in the School of Public Affairs and Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Her primary research interests include representative bureaucracy; bureaucratic discretion; gender… More

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    (202) 885-6443

  31. Rebecca Yurman

    Rebecca Yurman, Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Rebecca Yurman is a PhD candidate in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her research interests include regulatory policy, contract management and other issues in public management, federalism, and food safety policy. She is also an a… More

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  32. Ruth Zaplin

    Ruth Zaplin, Executive in Residence

    SPA - Key Leadership Program

    Dr. Ruth Zaplin is an Executive-in-Residence, School of Public Affairs, Department of Public Administration & Policy and Director of International Programs, Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. Dr. Zaplin served as a senior advis… More

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Faculty Affiliates

  1. Michael Bader

    Michael Bader, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Sociology

    Michael Bader studies how cities and neighborhoods have evolved since the height of the Civil Rights Movement. He links long-term patterns of neighborhood racial change to the ways that race and class influence the housing search process. He has deve… More

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    (202) 885-2433

  2. Jennifer Steele

    Jennifer Steele, Associate Professor

    CAS - School of Education

    Dr. Jennifer L. Steele is an Associate Professor of Education at American University in Washington, DC. Her research, which emphasizes quantitative methods that support causal inference, focuses on urban education policy at the K-12 and postsecondary… More

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    (202) 885-3762

  3. James Thurber

    James Thurber, Distinguished Professor

    SPA - Government

    James A. Thurber is University Distinguished Professor of Government and Founder (1979) and Founder and Former Director (1979-2016) of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (american.edu/spa/ccps) and Affiliate Distinguished Profess o… More

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    (202) 885-6247

MPA/MPP/MPAP Adjunct Faculty

  1. Jean Accius

    Jean Accius, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Dr. Jean Accius is a nationally recognized expert on aging policy, livable communities and long-term services and supports (LTSS). He currently serves as the Vice President of the Long-Term Services & Supports and Livable Communities Group within th… More

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    Patrick Barker, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  3. Andrew Brannegan

    Andrew Brannegan, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Andrew Brannegan is presently the senior data analyst at Aspire Public Schools, which operates 40 schools in California and Tennessee. He received his PhD in Public Administration in 2014 and his Masters of Public Policy in 2010, both from American U… More

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  4. Javier Bronfman Horovitz

    Javier Bronfman Horovitz, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Javier received his PhD in Public Administration and Policy at American University, Washington D.C., in 2014. He received his Master of Public Administration from Wagner Graduate School of Public service New York University in 2007. His research and … More

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  5. Quentin Brummet

    Quentin Brummet, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  6. Elizabeth Crowe

    Elizabeth Crowe, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Elizabeth Crowe is a Research Associate at the Urban Institute, where her research focuses on the role of government programs and private organizations in supporting low-income families in the U.S. Topics includes cash and in-kind assistance programs… More

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  7. Anne M. Ferrante

    Anne M. Ferrante, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    KSB - Acad Progs - Graduate

    Anne Ferrante is the Director of Graduate Programs at American University’s Kogod School of Business and former Director of the Global Leadership Executive MBA program at the University of Texas at Dallas. Anne transitioned into academia after a succ… More

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    (202) 885-1907

  8. Michael Hatch

    Michael Hatch

    Michael Hatch is a doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. His research interests concern health and social policy, particularly the intersection of food insecurity and health outcomes. Prior to enrolling at American… More

  9. Albert Hyde

    Albert Hyde, Adjunct Associate Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

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  10. David Johns

    David Johns, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  11. Thaddeus Juszczak

    Thaddeus Juszczak, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Mr. Juszczak has over 34 years of experience as a federal employee, manager, and executive. Serving in five different agencies (Army, EPA, IRS, Treasury IG, HHS) over his career, he regularly trained staff in developing, justifying, and executing age… More

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    Daver Kahvecioglu, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  13. Nadeen Makhlouf

    Nadeen Makhlouf, Adjunct Instructor

    Nadeen Makhlouf holds a PhD in Public Administration from American University. Her research interests include global governance and comparative public policy and administration with a focus on North Africa and the Middle East. It also revolves around… More

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  14. Mark Maxin

    Mark Maxin, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Mark Maxin has over 30 years’ experience in federal sector employment law addressing critical issues involving equal employment opportunity, diversity, civil rights, bargaining and grievance rights, performance and conduct problems in the workplace. … More

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  15. Kenneth Meier

    Kenneth Meier, Distinguished Scholar

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    Milena Nikolova, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  17. Umut Ozek

    Umut Ozek, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  18. William Paxton

    William Paxton, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    William Paxton is a leading expert on ethics and the law. He counsels government officials, corporations, and their leaders on a wide range of issues including bet-the-organization ethical dilemmas, crisis management, strategic counseling, and public… More

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  19. Jeffrey Poirier

    Jeffrey Poirier, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Jeffrey Poirier, PhD, PMP, brings over 15 years of experience addressing an array of public policy issues and conducting policy and program evaluation related to human service systems. Dr. Poirier is currently a Senior Research Associate at the Annie… More

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  20. Steven Putansu

    Steven Putansu, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Steven Putansu is a "pracademic," who splits his time between being a senior social science analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the one hand, and academic research and teaching on the other. Steven specializes in evidence-ba… More

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  21. Andrew Rahaman

    Andrew Rahaman, Executive in Residence

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Dr. Rahaman has over 25 years working nationally and internationally in diverse leadership positions building teams to design and implement both technical projects and overseeing geographically dispersed programs in a variety of private and governmen… More

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  22. Brandon Ranallo-Benavidez

    Brandon Ranallo-Benavidez, Adjunct Instructor

    PhD student in Public Administration and Public Policy at American University. Brandon is originally from rural, southeastern Oklahoma. Brandon's research interests include American social policy implementation, program/policy evaluation, and repre… More

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  23. Carletta Taylor Sims

    Carletta Taylor Sims, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Carletta Taylor Sims is currently serving as a Postdoctoral Scholar and Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. She teaches courses in financing government services and budgeting and financial management. Dr. Sims… More

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    (202) 885-2378

  24. Chad Smith

    Chad Smith, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Chad Smith is a Manager in the Quantitative Economics and Statistics (QUEST) practice of Ernst and Young. He has 15 years experience as a healthcare administrator and 16 years of clinical healthcare experience. He retired from the US Navy after 25 ye… More

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  25. Laura Sullivan

    Laura Sullivan, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Laura Sullivan holds a PhD in Social Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Her research interests focus on wealth and income inequalities over the life-course, factors affecting long-term household eco… More

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    (202) 885-2395

  26. Matthew Vanderschuere

    Matthew Vanderschuere, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Matthew Vanderschuere has a PhD in Public Administration from American University and an M.P.A. from the University of Colorado-Denver. His research interests include human resource management, leadership, and employee motivation within public organi… More

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  27. Winfield Wilson

    Winfield Wilson, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Winfield Wilson is an attorney and policy analyst specializing in environmental, natural resources, and labor issues. Wilson also teaches environmental law at the Washington College of Law. Wilson holds advanced degrees from American University, incl… More

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