Leadership


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

  jennifer.lawless@american.edu

  (202) 885-6452

Karen O'Connor Jonathan N. Helfat Distinguished Professor of Political Sciene 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

  oconn@american.edu

  (202) 885-6237

Staff


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

  mylienle@american.edu

  (202) 885-3103

Student Staff


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 presid

  samantha@american.edu

  (202) 885-6273

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 o

  kw5555a@american.edu