Founding Director


Director of Special Programs


Thomas Merrill Associate Professor SPA | Government

Thomas Merrill is an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs. He is the author of Hume and the Politics of Enlightenment (Cambridge, 2015), which won the Delba Winthrop Prize for Best Rece

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Core Faculty

Gail Borden Flanagan Assistant Professor SPA | Government

On research leave at the University of Toronto for the academic year 2014-2015.

Borden Flanagan’s area of expertise is the history of Western political philosophy. His teaching and r

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Faculty Associates

Karen Baehler Scholar-in-Residence SPA | Public Administration

Karen Baehler's teaching and research focuses on the craft of policy analysis and the intersection between public policy and public administration, with applications to the social and environmental po

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Daniel Dreisbach Professor SPA | Justice, Law & Criminology

Professor Dreisbach earned a doctor of philosophy degree from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia. His principal research

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David Fagelson Associate Professor SPA | Justice, Law & Criminology

Professor Fagelson's research interests include ethical issues in law, politics and international relations as well as jurisprudence and and political theory.

He has published one book on

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Seth Gershenson Professor SPA | Public Administration

Seth Gershenson holds a PhD from Michigan State University in Economics with a primary focus on education policy. While at Michigan State, he taught several courses and received an Outstanding Teachin

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Marianne Noble Professor CAS | Literature

Professor Noble's teaching and research interests include American literature, intimacy and the emotions, and philosophical approaches to literature. She is the author of Rethinking Sympathy and Human

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Jin Y Park Professor and Department Chair, Philosophy & Religion CAS | Philosophy/Religion

Jin Y. Park is Professor and Department Chair of Philosophy and Religion at American University. She also served as Founding Director of Asian Studies Program from 2013-2020. Park specializes in East

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Anita Sherman Professor CAS - Literature

Anita Gilman Sherman studies 16th and 17th century literature, specializing in works that have problems of knowledge and interpretation at their thematic center. Her book, Skepticism and Memory in Sha

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Paul Wapner Prof Emeritus

Professor Paul Wapner’s research focuses on global environmental politics, environmental thought, transnational environmental activism, and environmental ethics. He is particularly concerned with unde

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