Faculty Fellows


Khaldoun AbouAssi Associate 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

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  (202) 885-2509

Ernesto Castaneda-Tinoco Associate 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 Associate 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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Lewis Faulk Associate Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Lewis Faulk is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy in the School of Public Affairs at American University. Dr. Faulk is a Fellow of the Metropolitan Policy Center at American Un

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  (202) 885-6384

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 politics In the first area, on which I have spent more time, I examine the politics, internal dynamics, and patter

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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

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  (202) 885-1971

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

Lallen T. Johnson is a social scientist that studies how crime and justice outcomes vary across urban space. He is particularly concerned with how social structural and institutional processes facilit

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  (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

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  (202) 885-2608

Daniel Kerr Associate 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. Ke

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  (202) 885-2161

Jordanna Matlon Assistant 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

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  (202) 885-6720

Taryn Morrissey Associate Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Dr. Morrissey is an SPA Dean's Scholar Associate Professor. Her work centers on examining and improving public policies for vulnerable children. Ongoing research examines early care and education poli

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  (202) 885-6323

Jane Palmer Associate Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

From 2014 - 2021, Dr. Palmer was the founding faculty director of the Community-Based Research Scholars program. In this role, she created and oversaw an intensive living-learning community of first y

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  (202) 885-3118

David Pike Professor and Department Chair, Literature CAS - Literature

Professor Pike is Chair of the Department of Literature (June 2016-May 2022). His most recent book is Cold War Culture in the 1960s and 1980s: The Bunkered Decades (Oxford UP, 2021). He is the author

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  (202) 885-2996

Malini Ranganathan Associate Professor SIS - School of International Service

A critical geographer by training, Dr. Ranganathan researches environmental casteism and environmental racism in urban contexts, what she refers to as "environmental unfreedoms." Specifically, she stu

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Brenda Smith Professor WCL - Washington College of Law

Brenda V. Smith is the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs and professor at the Washington College of Law, where she is the Co-Director of the Community Economic Development Law Cli

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  (202) 274-4261

Benjamin Stokes Associate Professor SOC - School of Communication

Benjamin Stokes is a civic media scholar, game designer, and director of The Playful City Lab. He is also an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication, and at the AU Game Center. Previously,

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  (202) 885-2066