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We’re especially proud of our faculty—prominent scholars and real-world professionals at the top of their fields who value mentoring students as much as they value excellence in the classroom. Through their teaching, scholarly achievements and first-hand experience, you’ll gain a special entry point to politics and governance.

Department Chair

David Lublin Professor and Department Chair, Government SPA - Government

David Lublin is Professor and Chair of the Department of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University. He serves as Treasurer of the American Political Science Association and Co-

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Faculty and Their Areas of Study

  • Andrew Ballard Congressional institutions and elections, representation, political methodology, American politics and particularly interested in legislative politics, political parties, text analysis, machine learning, and campaign finance. Address questions that can be tackled by combining cutting-edge methods with sound theoretical perspectives, such as the predictability of legislative behavior, the limits of party power, how and when parties seek to influence their members, and the role of the minority party in Congress.
    Beyond this, a variety of topics, such as online advertising in Presidential campaigns, the role of academic economists in shaping public opinion on economic policy issues, member responses to primary challenges in Congressional elections, and more.
  • David Barker American politics, campaigns, elections, public opinion, political parties/ideology, political information/misinformation, religious and political polarization, political communication, presidential and legislative behavior, political psychology, voting behavior, political communication, and social welfare policy.
  • Todd Eisenstadt U.S.-Latin American relations, politics in Latin America, immigration, democratization, Mexico, ethnic identity, survey research, indigenous rights movement, ethnic politics, environment.
  •  Andrew Flores American politics, political behavior, public opinion, racial and ethnic politics, LGBT politics, public policy, public law, and statistics and political methodology.
  • Jeff Gill Political Science: voting, terrorism, Scottish politics, expert elicitation, bureaucracy.
    Methodology and Statistics: Bayesian approaches, Markov chain Monte Carlo, queueing theory, nonparametrics, missing data, generalized linear model theory, model selection, circular data, model-based clustering, and general problems in statistical computing. 
    Epidemiology: mental health outcomes for children exposed to war, foot-and-mouth disease, containment policy, accurate modeling with accelerometer data, and measurement/data issues.
    Medicine: pediatric traumatic brain injury, linkages between obesity and cancer (including human energetics and mouse models), the effect of chronodisruption on preterm birth, blood conservation in children, circulation.
  • Eric Hershberg Latin America, Central America, Cuba, Immigration, US Latin America policy, and on the politics of development.
  • Gregg Ivers American constitutional law and development; the African American civil rights movement; social movements and the legal system; American political thought and intellectual history.
  • Seo-young Kim American politics, quantitative methods, public policy

    — Political behavior, elections, election administration, campaign finance.

  • Adrienne LeBas social movements, democratization, political violence, Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe.
  • Jan Leighley American political behavior, Voter turnout, Election laws, Election administration, and racial/ethnic political behavior.
  • William LeoGrande Congress and foreign policy; U.S.–Latin American politics and relations; Cuban history, politics, and relations with the United States; El Salvador; Nicaragua.
  • Alan Levine Philosophical foundations of the U.S. government, comparative democracy, European perceptions of America, historical and modern issues of toleration, postmodernism, ethics, human rights, history of political philosophy.
  • David Lublin American campaigns and elections, African American and Latino politics, Southern politics, redistricting, electoral systems and minority representation in the United States and other countries, Maryland politics.
  • Thomas Merrill
  • Ryan Moore Statistical political methodology, with applications in American social policy. Methodologically - develop and implement methods for political experiments, ecological data, missing data, causal inference, and geolocated data. Substantively - interested in the intersection of federalism, direct democracy, and the politics of old age pensions and health care.
  • Candice Nelson Congress, congressional elections, presidential elections, campaign finance and campaign finance reform, voting behavior, interest groups, political party identification, political action committees.
  • Saul Newman Nationalism; ethnic and religious conflict in Israel, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Belgium, Canada, South Africa; politics of Europe, Canada, and Israel.
  • Karen O'Connor American politics, the courts, women and politics, and interest group politics.
  • Laura Paler Comparative politics, political economy of development, political behavior, identity politics, causal inference, impact evaluation.
  • Diane Singerman Comparative politics; the Middle East, specifically Egypt: politics, gender politics, economic and political development, Islamist activism, religion and politics, social movements; studies of resistance; scholarship on informal politics, urban politics, new urbanism, political participation, marriage, personal status law, youth, and waithood; the formal and informal side of politics, gender, globalization, public space, protest, and urban politics.
  • Elizabeth Suhay I specialize in public opinion, political psychology, and political communication, mainly in the U.S., with substantive foci on economic and social inequality and the politicization of science.
  • Patricia Sykes The U.S. presidency; presidential elections; executive-legislative relations; media politics; women leaders and women in politics; comparative executive leadership, political parties, democratic theory, and political development; national government and politics in the U.S., U.K., Republic of Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
  • Steven Taylor U.S. government and politics: civil rights, civil liberties, and politics of school desegregation; urban politics; politics of race and ethnicity; African politics; political culture both in the U.S. and West Africa.
  • James Thurber American government and politics, lobbying reforms and ethics, campaigns and elections, Congress, presidency, federal budget process and deficit, voting behavior.
  • Korneliya Bachiyska
  • Kimberly Cowell-Meyers How representative democracy functions, specifically how political parties, social movements and legislatures structure and channel different political identities. Research centers on two areas of identity politics: women in politics and ethnic politics, particularly in Northern Ireland.
  • Christopher Edelson Constitution, Constitutional law, executive power, presidential power, Congress, emergency power, national security, civil rights law, terrorism, national security law, human rights law, and presidential national security power under the U.S. Constitution.
  • Ron Elving
  • G. Borden Flanagan History of Western political philosophy, ancient, renaissance, modern and postmodern political philosophy, the theoretical principles of American government, and the ethics of international relations.
  • Betsy Fischer Martin Women and politics, gender gap in politics, media, campaigns, elections, U.S. political process, and political journalism.
  • Susan Glover Comparative politics, with a concentration on Africa, the politics of land in Africa, with special emphasis on Southern Africa; Political and social change in multi-ethnic states; Constitutional engineering during democratic consolidation; Democratic lessons from the Third Wave.
  • Sarah Houser Patriotism and cosmopolitanism, the role of place in political life, and the future of the nation-state.
  • Jeremy Janow
  • Paul Manuel Comparative democratization, comparative public policy, and the relationship between religion and politics, with an emphasis on Portugal.
  • Jim Quirk American and comparative politics.
  • John Reeder
  • Lara Schwartz Civility and civil discourse; free speech on college campuses; judicial nominations; LGBT rights; disability rights; constitutional law, civil rights, politics, communications, and policy.
  • William (Bill) Sweeney

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