DPAP Faculty

Our students learn from and collaborate with the intellectual powerhouse of our faculty—prominent scholar-practitioners whose professional engagements and leading-edge research spans public administration, management, and policy. They are inspiring mentors, and their expertise and research plays a vital role in policy development, both nationally and globally.


Department Chair

Bradley Hardy Associate Professor and Chair, DPAP SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Bradley Hardy is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University, where he also serves as department chair. He is a nonresident senior fellow in Economic Studies at t

  hardy@american.edu

  (202) 885-3881

MPA/MPP Program Director

Jocelyn Johnston Professor

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 Jo

  johnston@american.edu

  (202) 885-2608

MPAP Program Director

Sonja Walti Assistant Professor

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 environme

  walti@american.edu

  (202) 885-3738

PhD Program Coordinator

Anna Amirkhanyan Associate Professor

Professor Amirkhanyan’s research focuses on public and nonprofit management, organizational performance, public-private differences, and citizen participation. Her articles have been published in vari

  amirkhan@american.edu

  (202) 885-6289

Khaldoun AbouAssi Associate 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

  abouassi@american.edu

  (202) 885-2509

Anna Amirkhanyan Associate Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Professor Amirkhanyan’s research focuses on public and nonprofit management, organizational performance, public-private differences, and citizen participation. Her articles have been published in vari

  amirkhan@american.edu

  (202) 885-6289

Michael Bader Associate 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

  bader@american.edu

  (202) 885-2433

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

  baehler@american.edu

  (202) 885-6072

Scott A. Bass Professor and Provost Emeritus SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Dr. Scott A. Bass is Provost Emeritus and Professor of Public Administration and Policy in the School of Public Affairs at American University (AU). Since his arrival at AU in 2008, Dr. Bass has focus

  scott.bass@american.edu

  (202) 885-6305

Lewis Faulk Associate Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Lewis Faulk is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy in the School of Public Affairs at American University. Dr. Faulk is a Fellow of the Metropolitan Policy Center at American Un

  faulk@american.edu

  (202) 885-6384

Nathan Favero Assistant Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Nathan Favero is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. He received a PhD in political science from Texas A&M University in 2016. His research focuses on interna

  favero@american.edu

  (202) 885-6362

Daniel Fiorino Director, Center for Environmental Policy SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Daniel J. Fiorino is the founding Director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Distinguished Executive in Residence in the School of Public Affairs at American University. A faculty member in t

  dfiorino@american.edu

  (202) 885-3864

Michael R. Fisher Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Michael R. Fisher Jr. is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Public Administration and Policy and an Affiliate Scholar at the Metropolitan Policy Center in the School of Public Affairs. He is a

  mfisher@american.edu

  (202) 885-6210

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 int

  flink@american.edu

Seth Gershenson Associate Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

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 Teachin

  gershens@american.edu

  (202) 885-2687

Bradley Hardy Associate Professor and Chair, DPAP SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Bradley Hardy is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University, where he also serves as department chair. He is a nonresident senior fellow in Economic Studies at t

  hardy@american.edu

  (202) 885-3881

Derek Hyra Associate Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Derek Hyra is an associate professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy within the School of Public Affairs at American University. His research focuses on processes of neighborhood

  hyra@american.edu

  (202) 885-2440

Alison Jacknowitz Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Alison Jacknowitz is the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Public Affairs (SPA) at American University and a Professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy.

  jacknowi@american.edu

  (202) 885-2137

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 Jo

  johnston@american.edu

  (202) 885-2608

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

  langbei@american.edu

  (202) 885-6233

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 ana

  pmalone@american.edu

  (202) 885-6271

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 achi

  marcotte@american.edu

  (202) 885-3108

Howard McCurdy Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Dr. Howard McCurdy is professor of public affairs in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University in Washington, D.C. Public management, organization theory, science polic

  mccurdy@american.edu

  (202) 885-6236

Marquise McGraw Professorial Lecturer SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Marquise J. McGraw joined the Department of Public Administration and Policy in 2019 as a professorial lecturer. In this role, he teaches courses in statistics, public finance, and cost-benefit analys

  mcgrawm@american.edu

  (202) 885-1485

Kenneth Meier Distinguished Scholar in Residence SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Professor Meier’s research in public policy and administration is characterized by a multi-disciplinary approach that combines both empirical and normative questions. He uses institutional theories of

  kmeier@american.edu

Taryn Morrissey Associate Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Dr. Morrissey is an SPA Dean's Scholar Associate Professor. Her work centers on examining and improving public policies for vulnerable children. In 2020, she is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Ameri

  morrisse@american.edu

  (202) 885-6323

Claudia Persico Assistant Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Claudia Persico is an applied policy scholar whose research focuses on environmental policy, inequality, health and education policy using causal inference methods. Persico is also an IZA Institute of

  cpersico@american.edu

  (202) 885-2719

Barbara Romzek Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Dr. Barbara Romzek is Professor of Public Administration and Policy. She served as Dean of the School of Public Affairs at American University from 2012-2017. Prior to her time at American University

  bromzek@american.edu

  (202) 885-6444

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

  rbloom@american.edu

  (202) 885-2361

Aparna Soni Assistant Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Aparna Soni is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. She studies the impacts of public programs and policies on individuals’ health. Two

  asoni@american.edu

  (202) 885-3777

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 analysi

  tekin@american.edu

  (202) 885-6361

Robert Tobias IR Hurst Sr Professorial 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 resol

  rtobias@american.edu

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 environme

  walti@american.edu

  (202) 885-3738

Reginald Wells IR Professorial Lecturer SPA - School of Public Affairs

Reginald F. Wells was named Deputy Commissioner of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Office of Human Resources effective July 15, 2002 after serving short tenures as Deputy Associate Commissi

  wells@american.edu

Vicky Wilkins Dean, School of Public Affairs SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Vicky M. Wilkins is the Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Her primary research interests include representative bureaucracy

  vwilkins@american.edu

  (202) 885-6443

Rebecca Yurman Professorial Lecturer SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Rebecca Yurman is a Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her research interests include regulatory policy, contract management, federalism, and food safety poli

  ry4395a@american.edu

Ruth Zaplin IR Sr Professorial Lectur 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 Americ

  zaplin@american.edu

Robert Marshak Distinguished Scholar in Residence