Director

Derek Hyra Associate Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Derek Hyra is an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University. His research focuses on processes of neighborhood change, with an emphasis on housing, urban politics, and

  hyra@american.edu

  (202) 885-2440

Office Manager

Amanda Elias Office Manager SPA - School of Public Affairs

Amanda Elias is the Office Manager for the Metropolitan Policy Center in the School of Public Affairs at American University. Before joining MPC, she was a Senior Program Coordinator for The Washingto

  aelias@american.edu

  (202) 885-2596

Associate Director

Michael Bader Associate Professor CAS - Sociology

Michael Bader studies how cities and neighborhoods have evolved since the height of the Civil Rights Movement. He links long-term patterns of neighborhood racial change to the ways that race and class

  bader@american.edu

  (202) 885-2433

Visiting Scholar

Theodore Greene Visiting Scholar in Residence

Greene's research broadly uses sexual communities to understand how the sociocultural and economic conditions associated with the postindustrial city shape and reconfigure how individuals conceptualiz

  tgreene@american.edu

  (202) 885-2870


Graduate Assistants


Lawrence Anderson is a second-year student in the Political Communications program at American University. With more than a decade of public affairs experience, Lawrence is interested in the use of media, art, and text to explain socio-political movements. He holds a B.A. from Virginia State University, an MPA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and was a Political Leaders Fellow at the University of Virginia's Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. Lawrence is a returning graduate assistant.


Katharine Silva is a first-year student in American's MPA program. She joins the SPA community after completing a summer research position in health care policy at Community Catalyst, a consumer advocacy organization, and a fellowship at the Massachusetts State House. Katharine also brings a strong background in performing arts and the nonprofit sector. She has her BA in Arts Administration and Music History from Simmons College. 

Rich Takacs is a second year PhD student at American University's School of Public Affairs. His research interests include federal agriculture policy, urban food access, child nutrition programs, and policy evaluation. Prior to attending AU and joining MPC, Rich was employed as a data scientist at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory developing technologies to facilitate open source data analysis, predictive modeling, and machine learning. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and holds an MPA from UNC Chapel Hill as well as a BA in History from UNC Pembroke.