Leadership

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

  fischerm@american.edu

  (202) 885-6149

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

  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

Julie Russell Part Time Staff

Julie is an experienced consultant with a Master of Science Degree in Economics.  She is skilled in communications, event management, fundraising, nonprofit organizations, project management, and stra

  jrussell@american.edu

Sydney Weiss Hourly Wages

Sydney Weiss is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Political Science with a concentration in American Government. Her research interests include social activism and mental health

  sw3721a@american.edu

Student Staff


Megan Ferren

Megan Ferren is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy with a concentration in social policy. She graduated from Tufts University in 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science and History. Before sta

  mf3222a@american.edu

Emily Hoyle

Emily is in her first year of the Master of Art in Political Communications program. She graduated from Portland State University in 2019 with a degree in political science and spent the two years pri

  eh8459b@american.edu

Jamie Schoshinski

Jamie Schoshinski is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree with a planned concentration in environmental policy. She graduated from Temple University in 2017 with a degree in political s

  js2727a@american.edu

Olivia Schwartz

Olivia Schwartz is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree with concentrations in social policy. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2019 with a B.A. in Political Science, conce

  os1005a@american.edu