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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.

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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

Government 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 has worked on six continents, publishing multiple award-winning books and dozens of articles. He studies development with research that focuses on democratization and environmenta

  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

Andrew Flores Assistant Professor

Andrew R. Flores is an Assistant Professor of Government at the School of Public Affairs. His research focuses on attitude formation, attitude change, and public policies affecting LGBTQ populations.

  aflores@american.edu

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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, election laws, and racial/ethnic political behavior. She has published in the American Political

  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. He is also the Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer and Distinguished Scholar in Residence in the Department of Government. Manuel

  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 as faculty advisor to the SPA Leadership program and as faculty advisor to The World Mind, AU's undergraduate

  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 public opinion, political psychology, and political communication, all within the U.S. context. Her current research agenda is divided between two topic areas. The first

  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