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 & Politics Institute and an SPA Executive in Residen

  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 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

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

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


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

  ia8794a@american.edu

Kaitlyn Dahl

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

  kd2325a@american.edu

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

  fg6789a@american.edu

Sarah Timmerman

Sarah Timmerman is currently pursuing a masters of public administration. She graduated cum laude from Nazareth College where she earned her B.A. in Political Science with minors in Sociology and Wome

  st1968a@american.edu