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 Assistant 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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Daniel Esser Associate Professor SIS - School of International Service

Professor Esser is the 2019 Distinguished Service Awardee of the AAG's Asian Geography Specialty Group and the 2015 SIS Scholar-Teacher of the Year. The director of SIS's Olson Scholars program and a

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  (202) 885-1892

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 Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs 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 conducts interdisciplinary research on topics related to target marketing, race in the marketplace, the social impact of commercial marketing, and social marketing. Her current researc

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  (202) 885-1971

Bradley Hardy Associate Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Bradley Hardy is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University and nonresident senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. He also serves as a v

  (202) 885-3881

Lallen T. Johnson Assistant 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

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” as a signifier – and in its intersection with gender, clas

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  (202) 885-6720

Taryn Morrissey Associate Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Dr. Morrissey is a SPA Dean's Scholar Associate Professor. Her work centers on examining and improving public policies for vulnerable children. She is Associate Professor of public policy at AU, a non

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  (202) 885-6323

Jane Palmer Professorial Lecturer SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Dr. Jane Palmer is the faculty director of the Community-Based Research Scholars program. In this role, she oversees a selective, living-learning community of first year students who learn how to cond

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  (202) 885-3118

David Pike Department Chair, Literature CAS - Literature

Professor Pike is Chair of the Department of Literature (June 2016-May 2021). His most recent book is Canadian Cinema since the 1980s: At the Heart of the World (U of Toronto P, 2012). He is the autho

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  (202) 885-2996

Malini Ranganathan Assistant Professor SIS - School of International Service

Dr Ranganathan is a critical urban geographer with a broad interest in environmental justice. She uses history, ethnography, critical mapping, and social theory to study the struggles surrounding urba

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Benjamin Stokes Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

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

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  (202) 885-2066