Faculty Fellows


Khaldoun AbouAssi Provost Assoc Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Khaldoun AbouAssi holds a PhD in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. From 2012-2015, Dr. AbouAssi was an Assistant Professor at the

  abouassi@american.edu

  (202) 885-2509

Lynn Addington Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Professor Addington’s research interests include the nature of violent crime and its impact on victims, measurement of crime, and utilization of U.S. crime statistics. Her current work focuses on i

  adding@american.edu

  (202) 885-2902

Ernesto Castaneda-Tinoco Assoc Professor CAS - Sociology

Ernesto Castañeda conducts research on migration, urban issues, health disparities, vulnerable populations, and social movements. He compares immigrant integration and ethnic political mobilization in

  (202) 885-2412

Maria De Jesus Assoc Professor SIS - School of International Service

Dr. Maria De Jesus brings to AU a wealth of research and teaching experiences in the area of health inequalities, a critical area of focus in interstate and transnational relations. Her research exami

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Carolyn Gallaher Senior Associate Dean SIS - School of International Service

I do research in two distinct areas—organized violence by non-state actors and urban politicsIn the first area, on which I have spent more time, I examine the politics, internal dynamics, and patterns

  caroleg@american.edu

Sonya Grier Professor KSB - Marketing

Professor Grier is an interdisciplinary scholar with diverse expertise across private, government, and non-profit sectors. Her research examines marketplace topics related to race, with a focus on enh

  griers@american.edu

  (202) 885-1971

Lallen T. Johnson Assoc Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Professor Johnson explores how processes of urban gentrification influence social control. He is specifically interested in the ways by which neighborhood upscaling amplifies the risk of police contac

  johnsonl@american.edu

  (202) 885-6551

Jocelyn Johnston Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Professor Johnston’s current research focuses on government contracting, public management, and intergovernmental programs and policy. Her publications can be seen in such scholarly journals as the Jo

  johnston@american.edu

  (202) 885-2608

Daniel Kerr Assoc Professor CAS - History

Daniel Kerr is the director of American University's Humanities Truck program and the associate director of its public history program. He is the president-elect of the Oral History Association. Kerr

  kerr@american.edu

  (202) 885-2161

Jordanna Matlon Asst Professor SIS - School of International Service

Dr. Matlon is an urban sociologist interested in questions of race and belonging in Africa and the African diaspora, and the ways “Blackness” operates as a signifier, intersects with gender norms, man

  jcmatlon@american.edu

  (202) 885-6720

Taryn Morrissey Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Dr. Morrissey's work centers on examining and improving public policies for vulnerable children. Ongoing research examines early care and education policy, paid family leave, family economic instab

  morrisse@american.edu

  (202) 885-6323

Jane Palmer Assoc Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Dr. Jane Palmer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology.

Palmer’s research interests are barriers to help-seeking, transformative justice and anti-carceral

  jane.palmer@american.edu

  (202) 885-3118

David Pike Professor and Department Chair, Literature CAS - Literature

Professor Pike is teaches in the Department of Literature. His most recent book is Cold War Space and Culture in the 1960s and 1980s: The Bunkered Decades (Oxford UP, 2021). He is the author

  dpike@american.edu

  (202) 885-2996

Malini Ranganathan Assoc Professor SIS - School of International Service

Malini Ranganathan is Associate Professor in the School of International Service at American University and a political ecologist and geographer by training. Dr. Ranganathan researches

  malini@american.edu

David Schwegman Asst Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

David J. Schwegman is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. He is also an Academic Affiliate with the Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES) in the General Service

  schwegma@american.edu