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  1. Jennifer Lawless, Professor

    SPA - Government

    Jennifer L. Lawless graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York, with a B.A. in political science. She went on to receive an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. Her research focuses on political ambition, and she i… More

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    (202) 885-6452

  1. Kimberly Cowell-Meyers, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Government

    Kimberly Cowell-Meyers is Assistant Professor of Government. An AU alumna, she has taught at AU, St. Mary's College of Maryland and Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. She is the author of Religion and Politics in the Nineteenth Centu… More

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    (202) 885-6223

  2. Ellen Feder, Professor and Department Chair, Philosophy and Religion

    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, particularly as these relate to matters of social pol… More

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    (202) 885-2140

  3. Lucy Gettman, Adjunct Instructor

    Lucy Gettman is Executive Director of Women In Government (WIG), Inc., an organization of 1800+ women state legislators that provides leadership opportunities, networking, expert forums and educational resources for policy makers. She previously serv… More

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  4. Jane Hall, Associate Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    Jane Hall is a professor in journalism and media studies. She specializes in media and politics, particularly issues of special interest to young people, and popular culture. A former weekly commentator on Fox News Channel, she regularly appears on C… More

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    (202) 885-2024

  5. Danny Hayes, Faculty Fellow

    SPA - Government

    Danny Hayes is associate professor of political science at George Washington University. He previously held faculty appointments at American University and Syracuse University. He received his Ph.D. in Government in 2006 from the University of Texas … More

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    (202) 885-6263

  6. Laura Kaplan, Adjunct Instructor

  7. Diane Lowenthal

    School of Prof & Extd Studies

    Diane Lowenthal is the Senior Associate Dean in SPExS. She came to AU in 2000 to teach American Politics Seminars and supervise Research Projects for the Washington Semester Program. Prior to joining AU, Dr. Lowenthal taught American Politics courses… More

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    (202) 895-4915

  8. Amanda Miller, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Amanda Fuchs Miller has 20 years of policy, research and press experience in Democratic politics and government. As President of Seventh Street Strategies LLC, Amanda works for candidates and progressive organizations doing research, writing, issues … More

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  9. 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 Representatives from 1987 to 2003. While in Congres… More

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  10. 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 on American politics, the courts, women and politics,… More

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    (202) 885-6237

  11. Gemma Puglisi, Assistant 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 broadcast news, public relations, entertainment and the f… More

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    (202) 885-2153

  12. Elizabeth Sherman, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Government

    Professor Sherman brings over two decades of teaching, research and administrative experience to her classes in American Politics. As founding director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston, D… More

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    (202) 885-2942

  13. Jessica Waters, Dean of Undergraduate Education & Vice Provost for Academic Student Services

    Provost, Office of the

    Jessica Waters is the Dean for Undergraduate Education and a faculty member in the School of Public Affairs as well as an adjunct faculty member at the Washington College of Law. Her research focuses primarily on reproductive rights law. Her recent w… More

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    (202) 885-2301