Full Time Faculty


Betsy Fischer Martin Executive Director, Women & Politics Institute and Executive in Residence SPA - Government

Betsy Fischer Martin is an Emmy-winning journalist and TV news executive. Currently she is Executive Director of AU School of Public Affairs' Women


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Karen O'Connor Jonathan N. Helfat Distinguished Professor of Political Science SPA - Government

Karen O’Connor is the Jonathan N. Helfat Distinguished Professor of Political Science at American University, where she previously served as Chair of the Department of Government. She is an expert


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Vicky Wilkins Acting Provost SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Vicky M. Wilkins is acting provost and chief academic officer at American University and professor of public administration and policy. Before assuming this role, she served as the dean of the School


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WPI Course Instructors


Lucy Gettman Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

As an organizational leader, advocate and lecturer, Lucy Gettman supports women's political leadership at all levels. Gettman was a finalist for an unexpired term on Columbus City Council in 2023. She


Amanda Miller Adjunct Professorial Lect

Amanda Fuchs Miller has 25 years of advocacy, policy, research, and communications experience in and outside of government. As president of Seventh Street Strategies, Amanda consults with non-profits


Constance Morella Ambassador in Residence

Connie Morella served as U.S. ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris from 2003 to 2007. She represented Maryland’s 8th district in the U.S. House of R


Affiliated WPI Faculty


Kimberly Cowell-Meyers Assoc Professor SPA - Government

Kimberly Cowell-Meyers is an Associate Professor of Government and affiliated faculty with the Women & Politics Institute at American University. Her work focuses on how representative democracy funct


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Ellen Feder Professor CAS - Philosophy and Religion

Ellen K. Feder is the William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy and Social Policy. She works at the intersection of contemporary continental philosophy and feminist and critical race theory, par


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Jane Hall Assoc Professor SOC - School of Communication

Jane Hall is an associate professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C., specializing in researching, writing and teaching about the intersection of media and pol


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Diane Lowenthal SPA - Government

Diane Lowenthal joined the faculty at American University in 2000 to teach in the Washington Semester Program. From 2012-2019, she served as Associate Dean for Academic Programs and then Senior Associ


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Gemma Puglisi Asst Professor SOC - School of Communication

Gemma Puglisi is a full-time professor of Public Communication. She is an award-winning media strategist and producer with more than 25 years of experience. During her career she has worked in broadca


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Diane Singerman Associate Prof Emeritus

Dr. Singerman is an Associate Professor and comparativist whose research interests focus on political change from below, particularly in the Middle East, and more specifically Egypt. Her work examines

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Jessica Waters Asst Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Jessica Waters is Director of the SPA Leadership Program and a faculty member in the School of Public Affairs as well as an adjunct faculty member at the Washington College of Law. She recently ser


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