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 & Politics Institute and an SPA Executive in Residen


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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 on


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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


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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


Sydney Weiss

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


Student Staff

Sarah Aldridge

Sarah Aldridge is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Applied Politics. She began her career in education policy, but in ten years sees herself working in comm


Isabelle Atkinson

Isabelle Atkinson is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree with a concentration in Women, Policy, and Political Leadership. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015 a


Kaitlyn Dahl Part Time Staff

Kaitlyn is a second year Master of Public Policy student with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. Before moving to DC for grad school, Kaitlyn worked for a medical nonprofit in San Jose and was o


Fiona Grady

Fiona Grady is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree with planned concentrations in social policy or advanced policy analysis. She graduated summa cum laude from Elmhurst University in 2