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SPA's Government doctoral students are equipped with the skills to have immediate impact.

With expertise spanning public management, global health governance, regulatory policy and more, our PhD candidates bring the knowledge and action necessary to make great impact in the fields of public administration and public policy. Each of them are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of scholarship to new heights, educating the next generation of public affairs leaders, and researching the significant issues of the day.

Doctoral Students

Emily Bello Pardo

Emily D. Bello-Pardo is currently pursuing a doctorate in Political Science at American University, and specializes in American and Comparative Politics, as well as in Methodology. Her research intere

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 presid

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Simon Heuberger Adjunct Instructor

Simon is a third-year PhD student with concentrations in American Government and Quantitative Methods. His research focuses on the psychological underpinnings of public opinion, the advancement of sur

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

William Jorgeson

Will Jorgeson is a PhD student in the Department of Government. Originally from Clinton, Mississippi, before coming to American University, he received BA degrees in Philosophy and Economics from Miss

Luciano Melo

Luciano Melo is a doctoral candidate researching the survival of more democratic regions in countries that are becoming increasingly autocratic, especially in Venezuela and Russia. He also was the te

Scott Patrick Student Wages

Scott Patrick is a first-year doctoral student in Government with Comparative Politics as his primary field. After growing up in Oklahoma and the United Arab Emirates, he attended the University of Tu

Barbara Soares Lima Dos Santos

Barbara dos Santos is a doctoral student in the Department of Government studying Comparative and Environmental Politics. Her research is focused on the influence of environmental interest groups in e

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

Sasa Tang

Sasa Tang is a doctoral student in the Department of Government. She studies Comparative Politics with a regional focus on Middle East North Africa, and a secondary field in International Relations. H