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

Anna Amirkhanyan Professor and Chair, DPAP 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 v

  amirkhan@american.edu

  (202) 885-6289

MPA Program Director

MPP Program Director

Marquise McGraw Professorial Lecturer

Marquise J. McGraw is an economist with a keen interest in applying economic principles and methods to affect real-world policy outcomes. Informed by his experience in government and academia, Prof

  mcgrawm@american.edu

  (202) 885-1485

MPAP Program Director

Sonja Walti Sr Professorial Lecturer

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

Seth Gershenson Professor

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

  seth.gershenson@american.edu

  (202) 885-2687

Khaldoun AbouAssi Provost Assoc 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 Professor and Chair, DPAP 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 v

  amirkhan@american.edu

  (202) 885-6289

Karen Baehler Associate Dean of Faculty & Scholar in Residence SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Karen Baehler's teaching and research focuses on the craft of policy analysis and the intersection between public policy and public administration, with applications to the social and environmental po

  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

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

Seth Gershenson 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

  seth.gershenson@american.edu

  (202) 885-2687

Seth Grossman VP, People & External Affairs & Counselor to the President People of External Affairs, Office of

Seth currently serves as the Vice President of People and External Affairs & Counselor to the President of American University and a faculty member in the Department of Public Administration & Policy

  sethg@american.edu

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 De

  jacknowi@american.edu

  (202) 885-2137

William T. Jackson Postdoctoral Fellow SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

William T. Jackson is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. He earned his Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Florida International University in 2022. His research foc

  wjackson@american.edu

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 Director and Executive in Residence SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Professor Malone is the Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He is a frequent guest lecturer on kindness, gratitude, emotional intelligence, compassion, ethics, mindfuln

  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. His recent research focuses on inequality and socioeconomic segregation in K-12 education; access and attainment in high

  marcotte@american.edu

  (202) 885-3108

Marquise McGraw Professorial Lecturer SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Marquise J. McGraw is an economist with a keen interest in applying economic principles and methods to affect real-world policy outcomes. Informed by his experience in government and academia, Prof

  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

  kmeier@american.edu

Taryn Morrissey Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Dr. Morrissey's work centers on examining and improving public policies for vulnerable children. Ongoing research examines early care and education policy, paid family leave, family economic instab

  morrisse@american.edu

  (202) 885-6323

Claudia Persico Asst Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Claudia Persico is an Assistant Professor of public policy whose research focuses on environmental policy, inequality, health and education policy using causal inference methods. Persico is also a Fac

  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

David H. Rosenbloom received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 1969. He joined American University’s faculty as Distinguished Professor of Public Administration in 1990.

  rbloom@american.edu

  (202) 885-2361

Shirin Sabetghadam Professorial Lecturer SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Prof. Sabetghadam fields of interest are Labor Economics, Economics of Education, Applied Microeconomics, Applied Econometrics and Public Policy.Her research areas are finding the effects of different

  shirins@american.edu

David Schwegman Asst Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

David J. Schwegman is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. He is also an Academic Affiliate with the Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES) in the General Service

  schwegma@american.edu

Aparna Soni Asst Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Aparna Soni is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. She is also a research affiliate at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics and Univers

  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 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 resol

  rtobias@american.edu

Sonja Walti Sr Professorial Lecturer 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 Executive in Residence 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 Senior 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 Americ

  zaplin@american.edu

Robert Marshak Distinguished Scholar in Residence