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James Quirk Professorial Lecturer Department of Government

Jim Quirk teaches a wide range of courses in American and comparative politics. He has served on the AU faculty senate, as faculty advisor to the SPA Leadership program, and as faculty advisor to The World Mind, AU's undergraduate magazine for public policy. He has developed and taught AU Core courses for Complex Problems, Habits of Mind, and W2 (writing and information literacy). He lectures on American federalism at the U.S. Congress's Open World Leadership Center. He has published on online learning, comparative nation-building, globalization, and American foreign policy. He is a Fellow with the Institute for Policy Research and previously taught at Loyola University Maryland, The Catholic University of America, and the Varna [Bulgaria] Univ. of Economics. Among his favorite work outside the classroom is experience in Russia, the Balkans, Mexico, Israel/Palestine, and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq; naval engineering support for The Bishop Group; Middle East Dialogue at Catholic University; ICANN MEAC SWG; and working with AU's Center for Teaching, Research and Learning.
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Spring 2020

  • CORE-105 Complex Problems Seminar: Future of Technology Policy

  • SPA-362 Leadership Development Lab II

Summer 2020

  • GOVT-322 American Political Parties

Fall 2020

  • GOVT-210 Pol Power & Am Pub Policy

  • GOVT-210 Pol Power & Am Pub Policy

  • GOVT-322 American Political Parties

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Institute for Policy Research, Fellow, since 2019

Going Online Midsemester - Educause Review (2020)

Online Learning and the Mobile Student - Educause Review (2016)

Open World Leadership Center, U.S. Congress. Lead discussions with young professionals from the Balkans and post-Soviet Eurasia, since 2013

ICANN MEAC SWG, ICANN - Middle East and Adjacent Countries - Strategy Working Group, 2016-2020

OSCE Elections Observations – Russia 2018, Bosnia 2014, Albania 2011, Croatia 2000, Bosnia 1997

AFRP Cultural Exchange Program to Israel and Palestine, 2017

Foreign Policy Assn blog, since 2015

Angell and Mahan: Technology, Globalization, and International Security Today, Mediterranean Quarterly (26:2, June 2015)

U.S. Embassy Speakers Series: Serbia 2015.  Presentations in Belgrade, Novi Sad, and Nis

Middle East Religious Freedom Project: Iraqi Kurdistan / The Catholic University of America, 2011-2013