Graduate Advisors


Renee Howatt Academic Counselor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Renee has over 30 years of experience in both the higher education and corporate sectors. She was Assistant Director of Central Admission at AU from 1980-1984, and after receiving her MS in Public Rel

  (202) 885-3125

Janet Nagler Academic Counselor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Janet Nagler has been an Academic Counselor at American University since 1981, when she began advising adult and nondegree students, both graduate and undergraduate in the (former) Continuing Educatio

  (202) 885-6224


Robert Briggs Senior Academic Counselor SPA - Government

Bob Briggs is the Academic Counselor to students in the MA programs within the Department of Government. He is, also, the Academic Counselor to students in any/all of the PhD programs within SPA.

  (202) 885-6204

Justice, Law & Criminology

Shelley Morris Academic Counselor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Shelley Morris serves as the graduate advisor for the department of justice, law, and criminology. As the advisor for JLC, she is here to help you make the most of your JLC experience by providing inf

  (202) 885-6456

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