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Department of Government

The Department of Government boasts one of the most distinctive and vital programs of its kind nationwide. The department’s faculty include leading scholars in the fields of American politics, comparative politics, and political theory, and represent a wide variety of disciplines. This breadth of faculty expertise serves as the foundation for an interdisciplinary department committed to conducting research on a broad range of issues and preparing students to think critically about these issues.

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Full-Time Faculty

  1. Kimberly Cowell-Meyers, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Government

    Kimberly Cowell-Meyers is Assistant Professor of Government. An AU alumna, she has taught at AU, St. Mary's College of Maryland and Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. She is the author of Religion and Politics in the Nineteenth Centu… More

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    (202) 885-6223

  2. 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, Emergency Presidential Power: From the Drafting of… More

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    (202) 885-6218

  3. Todd Eisenstadt, Professor

    SPA - Government

    Professor Eisenstadt has worked on five continents and published award-winning books and articles in journals such as The American Political Science Review and Comparative Political Studies. He studies development with research that focuses on democ… More

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    (202) 885-6493

  4. G. Borden Flanagan, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Government

    On research leave at the University of Toronto for the academic year 2014-2015. Borden Flanagan’s area of expertise is the history of Western political philosophy. His teaching and research interests include ancient, renaissance, modern and postmoder… More

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    (202) 885-6495

  5. Susan Glover, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Government

    Professor Glover teaches and does research in the field of comparative politics, with a concentration on Africa. Her past work has focused on democratic transition and consolidation in multi-ethnic states. She has lived and worked in southern Africa,… More

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    (202) 885-2674

  6. Eric Hershberg, Director, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies

    Center for Latin American/Latino Studies

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    (202) 885-6172

  7. Sarah Houser, Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Government

    Sarah L. Houser is a professorial lecturer in the Department of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University. Her research and teaching interests include patriotism and cosmopolitanism, the role of place in political life, and th… More

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    (202) 885-6263

  8. Gregg Ivers, Professor

    SPA - Government

    Gregg Ivers is Professor of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University. Professor Ivers is the author or editor of eight books, including To Build a Wall: American Jews and the Separation of Church and State, Creating Constitut… More

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    (202) 885-2976

  9. Jeremy Janow, Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Government

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  10. 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 research focuses on political ambition, and she i… More

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    (202) 885-6452

  11. Adrienne LeBas, Associate Professor

    SPA - Government

    Adrienne LeBas (PhD, Columbia University) joined the Department of Government in the fall of 2009. Prior to joining AU, LeBas was a Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and Assistant Professor of Political Science and Afri… More

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    (202) 885-6229

  12. 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 Political Science Review, the American Journal of Polit… More

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    (202) 885-6220

  13. William LeoGrande, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

    SPA - Government

    Professor of Government and a specialist in Latin American politics and U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America, Professor LeoGrande has been a frequent adviser to government and private sector agencies. He has written five books, including Our Own … More

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    (202) 885-6234

  14. Alan Levine, Director, Political Theory Institute and Associate Professor

    SPA - Government

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    (202) 885-6257

  15. Jie Lu, Associate Professor

    SPA - Government

    Dr. Lu studies local governance, the political economy of institutional change, public opinion, and political participation. His regional expertise focuses on the Greater China Region and East Asia. His work has appeared in Comparative Political Stud… More

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    (202) 885-6281

  16. 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 Systems, Decentralization, and Ethnoregional Parties pu… More

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    (202) 885-2913

  17. Paul Manuel, Professor

    SPA - Government

    Paul Christopher Manuel is the director of the SPA Leadership Program and professor of government. Manuel is the author or co-author of seven books and numerous articles. His research addresses issues related to comparative democratization, comparati… More

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  18. Ryan Moore, Assistant 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 health), and statistical methods, especially for cau… More

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    (202) 885-6470

  19. Candice Nelson, Professor

    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 studies voting behavior, campaign finance, and cam… More

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    (202) 885-2338

  20. Saul Newman, Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

    SPA - Government

    Saul Newman is an associate professor in the Department of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, DC. He received his PhD in 1989 from the Department of Politics, Princeton University. Since then he has taugh… More

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    (202) 885-6240

  21. Karen O'Connor, Jonathan N. Helfat Distinguished Professor of Political Science

    SPA - Government

    Karen O’Connor is the Jonathan N. Helfat Distinguished Professor of Political Science at American University, where she previously served as Chair of the Department of Government. She is an expert on American politics, the courts, women and politics,… More

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    (202) 885-6237

  22. James Quirk, Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Government

    Jim Quirk teaches a wide range of courses in American and comparative politics. Jim has taught at Loyola University Maryland and The Catholic University of America, and at the Varna [Bulgaria] Univ. of Economics through the Soros Foundation/Open S… More

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  23. Lara Schwartz, Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Government

    Lara Schwartz specializes in constitutional law, civil rights, politics, communications, and policy. With over a decade as a legislative lawyer, lobbyist, and communications strategist in leading civil rights organizations, Lara brings an advocate’s-… More

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    (202) 885-6682

  24. Elizabeth Sherman, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Government

    Professor Sherman brings over two decades of teaching, research and administrative experience to her classes in American Politics. As founding director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston, D… More

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    (202) 885-2942

  25. Diane Singerman, Associate Professor

    SPA - Government

    Dr. Singerman is an Associate Professor and comparativist whose research interests focus on political change from below, particularly in the Middle East, and more specifically Egypt. Her work examines the formal and informal side of politics, gender,… More

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    (202) 885-2362

  26. Elizabeth Suhay, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Government

    Liz Suhay specializes in the study of public opinion, political psychology, and political communication, all within the American context. She regularly teaches Introduction to U.S. Politics, Introduction to Political Research, & Capstone in Political… More

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    (202) 885-6258

  27. Patricia Sykes, Associate Professor

    SPA - Government

    Professor Sykes focuses on the U.S. presidency, comparative executive leadership, political parties, democratic theory, and political development. She's the sole author of two scholarly books – Presidents and Prime Ministers: Conviction Politics in t… More

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    (202) 885-2920

  28. Steven Taylor, Associate Professor

    SPA - Government

    Professor Taylor's teaching and research focus on urban politics, the politics of race and ethnicity, civil rights and liberties, and political culture both in the U.S. and West Africa. (During the Spring of 2016 he was a Fulbright scholar in Ghana.)… More

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    (202) 885-6241

  29. James Thurber, Distinguished Professor

    SPA - Government

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  30. 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 American politics and comparative politics more gener… More

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    (202) 885-6458

Emeriti Faculty

  1. Christine DeGregorio, Associate Professor Emerita

    Professor DeGregorio's research and teaching focuses on Congress, interest groups and political communications. In her recent book, Networks of Champions: Leadership, Access, and Advocacy, she examines the partnerships that form among officeholders, … More

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    (202) 885-2343

  2. Jeff Fishel, Professor Emeritus

Adjunct Faculty

  1. David Azerrad, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  2. Korneliya Bachiyska, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  3. Richard Benedetto, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Richard Benedetto is an adjunct professor of Journalism. He is a retired White House correspondent and columnist for USA Today and political columnist for Gannett News Service. He began teaching at AU in 2006. He reported on local, state and national… More

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  4. Kamal Beyoghlow, Adjunct Associate Professor

    Kamal Beyoghlow is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Government at American University but a full Professor of Strategy, the Middle East, N. Africa, and Islamic Studies at the US National War College.

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  5. E. Coleman, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  6. Glendon Diehl, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  7. Rachel Dinkes, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  8. Ronald Elving, Adjunct Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

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  9. 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 at the Congressional Research Service, Library of C… More

    Send email to R. Sam Garrett

    (202) 885-3491

  10. Carrie Giddins, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  11. Dominic Greene, Director of Student Activities

    University Center and Student Activities

    Dominic is the Director of Student Activities in the University Center. He joined OCL from Northwestern University in the Chicago suburbs where he worked for almost 8 years in student affairs. He previously worked at the University of Washington and … More

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    (202) 885-3398

  12. Samantha Guthrie, Adjunct Instructor

    Samantha Guthrie is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Government studying American Politics. Her research interests include, executive and legislative relationships, state politics, the presidency, Congress, and elite political behavior. Sama… More

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    (202) 885-6273

  13. Mark Kahan, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  14. Laura Kaplan, Adjunct Instructor

  15. Roger Lukoff, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Government

    Deputy Assistant Secretary, FHA Office of Healthcare Programs, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

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  16. Anita McBride, Executive 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 and national conferences on the legacies of America’… More

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    (202) 885-6604

  17. Constance Morella, Ambassador in Residence

    Connie Morella served as U.S. ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris from 2003 to 2007. She represented Maryland’s 8th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 to 2003. While in Congres… More

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  18. Mark Oleszek, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  19. Keith Pemrick, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Keith J. Pemrick is a founding member and managing partner of Commonwealth Strategic Partners, LLC (CSP). CSP is a bipartisan public policy firm providing expert political consulting, lobbying, and strategic communications services. Prior to forming … More

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  20. Frank Rangoussis, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Frank Rangoussis has been an adjunct professor with Justice, Law, and Criminology since 1998. Mr. Rangoussis is currently an attorney with the Office of Intelligence, within the Justice Department’s National Security Division, where seeks electronic … More

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  21. William Shields, Adjunct Instructor

    Bill Shields became Executive Director of the American Society for Public Administration, the largest and most prominent professional association for public administration, in January 2014. He brings to the position more than 15 years of executive an… More

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  22. John Shosky, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Government

    John Shosky is the president of Roncalli Communications, Inc. He has been a professional speechwriter, consultant, coach, and trainer for over twenty-eight years. He has written more than 2800 speeches for government officials, political candidates… More

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  23. Michael Siegel, Adjunct Professor

    Michael Siegel is a Senior Training Specialist in the Division of Education, The Federal Judicial Center, Washington, D.C. He organizes, conducts, and evaluates education and training programs for federal court personnel in the areas of change manage… More

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  24. Timothy Titus, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  25. Christopher Utter, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  26. Karen Wheeless, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer