Leadership

Betsy Fischer Martin Executive Director, Women and Politics Institute and Executive in Residence

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

  fischerm@american.edu

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

  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

Julia Salvatore Part Time Staff

Julia holds a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. from McGill University. Currently, Julia is a member or the Maryland State Bar and works for the American Journal of Political Scie

  julias@american.edu

Student Staff


Rachel Kershaw

Rachel Kershaw is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in public policy management. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Florida in 20

  rk6562a@american.edu

Jessica Francis

Jessica Francis is currently pursuing a Master's in Public Policy degree with a concentration in social policy and education policy. She graduated suma cum laude from the University of North Carolina

  jf3269a@american.edu

Emily Martin

Emily Martin is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Political Science degree with a concentration in American politics. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2018

  em3435a@american.edu