Leadership

Betsy Fischer Martin Executive Director, Women and 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

For several years Julie has been advocating for energy companies, educating state and federal legislators and regulators on the need for more energy infrastructure spending in the U.S. and Canada. Pr

  jrussell@american.edu

Student Staff


Jessica Francis

Jessica Francis is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree with a concentration in social policy. She graduated suma cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she

  jf3269a@american.edu

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

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

Rebecca Osmolski

Rebecca was raised in Wisconsin and is a first-generation, magna cum laude graduate from UW-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Social Work. She is currently working on a Master of Public Administration with

  ro6411a@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