Faculty Fellows

Khaldoun AbouAssi Provost Associate Professor SPA | Public Administration

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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Lynn Addington Professor SPA | Justice, Law & 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


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Ernesto Castaneda Director, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies CAS | Sociology

Maria De Jesus Professor SIS | Environment, Development & Health

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


Daniel Esser Associate Professor SIS | Global Inquiry

Carolyn Gallaher Professor SIS | Peace, Human Rights & Cultural Relations

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


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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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Lallen Johnson Associate Professor SPA | Justice, Law & 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


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Jocelyn Johnston Professor SPA | Public Administration

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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Dan 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. Kerr


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Jordanna Matlon Assoc 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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Taryn Morrissey Professor SPA | Public Administration

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


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Jane Palmer Associate Professor SPA | Justice, Law & Criminology

Dr. Jane Palmer is an Associate Professor with a primary focus on community-based participatory research, help-seeking, and ending gender-based violence.

She was recently named a Robert Wood


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David Pike Professor CAS | Literature

Professor Pike has taught in the Department of Literature since 1995. His most recent book is After the End: Cold War Culture and Apocalyptic Imaginations in the 21st Century, forthcoming fro


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Malini Ranganathan Associate Professor SIS | Environment, Development & Health

Malini Ranganathan is Associate Professor in the School of International Service at American University and a political ecologist and geographer by training. She is a faculty affiliate of three uni


Elizabeth Rule Assistant Professor CAS | Critical RGC Studies

Dr. Elizabeth Rule (enrolled citizen of the Chickasaw Nation) is an Assistant Professor of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies at American University in Washington, DC. Rule’s research on issue


David Schwegman Assistant Professor SPA | Public Administration

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


Jhacova Williams Assistant Professor SPA | Public Administration

Jhacova Williams is an applied microeconomist focusing primarily on economic history and cultural economics. Her previous work has examined Southern culture and the extent to which historical events h