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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

G. 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 research interests

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Sarah Houser Professorial Lecturer SPA - Government

Sarah L. Houser is a professorial lecturer in the Department of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University. Her research and teaching interests include patriotism and cosmopolit

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Faculty Associates

Karen Baehler Scholar in Residence SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Professor Karen Baehler holds a Ph.D. in Policy Sciences from the University of Maryland (1999), where she also earned a Master of Public Policy (1991). Her B.A. is from St. Olaf College (1981), where

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Daniel Dreisbach Professor SPA - Justice, Law and 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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Seth Gershenson Associate Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

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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Bradley Hardy Associate Professor and Chair, DPAP SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Bradley Hardy is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University, where he also serves as department chair. He is a nonresident senior fellow in Economic Studies at t

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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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Jeffrey Reiman Prof Emeritus

Please contact at Jeffrey Reiman is the William Fraser McDowell Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Social Policy. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1942. After receiving h

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Anita Sherman Associate 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 Professor SIS - School of International Service

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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