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Candice Nelson Professor and Department Chair, Government 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

  cnelson@american.edu

  (202) 885-2338

Full-Time Faculty

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David Barker Professor SPA - Government

David C. Barker is Professor of Government and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (CCPS). He was previously Director of the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at Califo

  dbarker@american.edu

  (202) 885-1118

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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 autho

  kcowell@american.edu

  (202) 885-6223

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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,

  edelson@american.edu

  (202) 885-6218

Todd Eisenstadt Professor SPA - Government

Professor Eisenstadt is on leave for 2018-19 at the World Bank, where he is a Council on Foreign Relations Fellow at the Development Economics Research Group (DECRG) and the Climate Investment Funds (

  eisensta@american.edu

  (202) 885-6493

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Betsy Fischer Martin Executive Director, Women and Politics Institute and Executive in Residence SPA - Government

Betsy Fischer Martin is an Emmy-winning journalist and TV news executive. Currently she is Executive Director of AU School of Public Affairs' Women & Politics Institute and an SPA Executive in Residen

  fischerm@american.edu

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

  flanagan@american.edu

  (202) 885-6495

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Jeff Gill Distinguished Professor SPA - Government

Jeff Gill - a Distinguished Professor of Government, Professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, and a Member of the Center Behavioral Neuroscience at American University. He is also the

  jgill@american.edu

  (202) 885-6275

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 st

  glover@american.edu

  (202) 885-2674

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Eric Hershberg Director, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies Center for Latin American/Latino Studies

Eric Hershberg is director of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies and a professor of government at American University. From 2007-2009 he was President of the Latin American Studies Assoc

  hershber@american.edu

  (202) 885-6172

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 cosmopolit

  houser@american.edu

  (202) 885-6263

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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

  ivers@american.edu

  (202) 885-2976

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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

  adrienne.lebas@american.edu

  (202) 885-6229

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 Polit

  leighley@american.edu

  (202) 885-6220

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 agenc

  wleogra@american.edu

  (202) 885-6234

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. H

  jlu@american.edu

  (202) 885-6281

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 Syste

  dlublin@american.edu

  (202) 885-2913

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Paul Manuel Distinguished Scholar in Residence 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 nine books and numerous articles. His research addresses issues

  pmanuel@american.edu

Thomas Merrill Associate Professor SPA - Government

Thomas Merrill is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs. He is the author of Hume and the Politics of Enlightenment (Cambridge, 2015), which won the Delba Winthrop Prize for Best Rece

  merrill@american.edu

  (202) 885-6246

Ryan Moore Associate Professor SPA - Government

Ryan T. Moore is associate professor of Government in the School of Public Affairs. His research interests include statistical methods, especially for causal inference, American politics, and the pol

  rtm@american.edu

  (202) 885-6470

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Candice Nelson Professor and Department Chair, Government 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

  cnelson@american.edu

  (202) 885-2338

Saul Newman 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 Polit

  snewman@american.edu

  (202) 885-6240

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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

  oconn@american.edu

  (202) 885-6237

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James Quirk Professorial Lecturer SPA - Government

Jim Quirk teaches a wide range of courses in American and comparative politics. He serves on the Faculty Senate and as faculty advisor to the SPA Leadership program. He also serves as faculty advisor

  jquirk@american.edu

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Lara Schwartz Professorial Lecturer SPA - Government

Lara Schwartz specializes in civil discourse and campus speech, constitutional law, civil rights, politics, communications, and policy. Drawing on her experience as a legislative lawyer, lobbyist, and

  lschwart@american.edu

  (202) 885-6682

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 P

  esherman@american.edu

  (202) 885-2942

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

  dsinger@american.edu

  (202) 885-2362

Elizabeth Suhay Associate Professor SPA - Government

Liz Suhay specializes in the study of public opinion, political psychology, and political communication, all within the U.S. context. Her current research agenda is divided between two topic areas.

  suhay@american.edu

  (202) 885-6258

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 – Presid

  psykes@american.edu

  (202) 885-2920

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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 Sp

  staylor@american.edu

  (202) 885-6241

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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 Ame

  mwright@american.edu

  (202) 885-6458

Emeriti Faculty

Christine DeGregorio Associate Prof 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 examine

  cdegreg@american.edu

  (202) 885-2343

Ruth Lane Associate Prof Emerita

Professor Lane's research and teaching interests focus on Comparative Politics, Research Methodology; and include Computer Modeling and Cognitive Science. She is the author of the recently published T

  (202) 885-6232

Adjunct Faculty

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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

  benedett@american.edu

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.

  beyoghlo@american.edu

Kevin Boyle Adjunct Instructor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Kevin Boyle has been an adjunct professor with Justice, Law, and Criminology since 2016. Mr. Boyle is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps. During his 26 year career he

  boyle@american.edu

Jeffry Burnam Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Jeff Burnam is an adjunct professorial lecturer in the School of Public Affairs. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University, an MA and PhD from the University of Chicago and a Senior Manager’s Certificat

  burnam@american.edu

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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 a

  samg@american.edu

  (202) 885-3491

Lucy Gettman Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Lucy Gettman is Executive Director of Women In Government (WIG), Inc., an organization of 1800+ women state legislators that provides leadership opportunities, networking, expert forums and educationa

  gettman@american.edu

Dominic Greene 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 prev

  dgreene@american.edu

  (202) 885-3398

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Calvin Haney Associate Director, Leadership Development Student Activities

Calvin currently serve as an Associate Director for Student Activities. He is responsible for the development of leadership development curricula and programs for student clubs and organizations that

  calvinh@american.edu

  (202) 885-3392

Matthew Herrmann Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Matthew Herrmann is a proud alumnus of American University. He currently serves as Legislative Director for Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo (Guam) with oversight for the Congresswoman's work on th

  mherrman@american.edu

Danielle Higgins Adjunct Instructor

Danielle Higgins is a doctoral student in Political Science at American University's School of Public Affairs. She specializes in Comparative Politics, with a secondary field in American Politics. Her

  dh6087a@american.edu

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Jeffrey Lane Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Jeff Lane has been an adjunct professorial lecturer in the School of Public Affairs since 2016. He is a counsel at the international law firm Dentons. Jeff joined Dentons after spending 20 years in th

  lane@american.edu

Roger Lukoff Adjunct Professorial Lecturer SPA - Government

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

  lukoff@american.edu

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Amanda Miller Director of the Education, Policy and Leadership (EPL) Program

Amanda Fuchs Miller has 25 years of advocacy, policy, research and communications experience in and outside of government. As President of Seventh Street Strategies, Amanda consults with non-profits t

  fuchsmil@american.edu

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 R

  ac.morella@american.edu

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Anna Olsson Associate Director of Programs & Events Centr Teach Research Learning

Anna started working for the Center for Teaching, Research and Learning (CTRL) as a graduate fellow, and resumed the position of Manager of Training and Assessment, and later Assistant Director of Tea

  aolsson@american.edu

  (202) 885-6077

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Keith Pemrick Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Keith J. Pemrick is a founding member and managing partner of Commonwealth Strategic Partners (CSP). CSP is a bipartisan public policy firm providing expert government consulting and lobbying services

  pemrick@american.edu

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Jason Rosensweig Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Last year I completed a PhD in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. My work was on political philosophy and the history of political thought, about the nature of community in

  rosenswe@american.edu

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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

  shields@american.edu

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 speec

  jshosky@american.edu

Daniela Stevens Adjunct Instructor

Daniela Stevens is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science in the School of Public Affairs and a recipient of the 2014 Tinker Field Research Grant, which supported her doctoral dissertation research ti

  ls8244a@american.edu

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James Wallner Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

James I. Wallner is a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, where he is a member of its Governance Project team and Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group. James is the author of two books, The

  jwallner@american.edu