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Women & Politics Institute


  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. 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


  1. My-Lien Le, Assistant Director, WPI

    SPA - Government

    My-Lien completed her M.A. in Comparative Politics of Gender & Development from American University in 2010. In 2008, My-Lien received her graduate certificate in Women, Policy & Political Leadership (WPPL) from the Women & Politics Institute. She co… More

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    (202) 885-3103

Student Staff

  1. Samantha Guthrie, Adjunct Instructor

    Samantha Guthrie is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Government studying American Politics. Her research interests include, executive and legislative relationships, state politics, the presidency, Congress, and elite political behavior. Sama… More

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    (202) 885-6273

  2. Kayla Williams, Part Time Staff

    Kayla Williams is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in social policy. Her research interests include education policy, housing policy, and diversity in organizations. Kayla graduated from SUNY Buffalo in… More

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