Graduate Advisors

Department of Public Administration & Policy

Renee Howatt Academic Counselor SPA -Student Svc/Research Ctr

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 Part Time Staff SPA -Student Svc/Research Ctr

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 - Student Svc Office/Research Ctr

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

Alexander Clayton Instructor

Alex Clayton is an Instructor and PhD candidate in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology. His research focuses on the nexus of law and civil conflict, specifically how the rule of law motivates

Executive programs - Key and MSOD

Charlene Ploetz Advisement Specialist SPA - School of Public Affairs

Char Ploetz is the academic advisor for Key Executive Leadership MPA candidates.

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