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  1. Sarah Irvine Belson, Executive Director, Institute for Innovation in Education

    CAS - School of Education

    Dr. Sarah Irvine Belson holds a PhD from Arizona State University in Curriculum and Instructional with a cognate in Special Education. Her research explores educational opportunity for children with disabilities and teacher education policy. Her focu… More

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    (202) 885-3714

  1. Alida Anderson, Associate Professor

    CAS - School of Education

    Alida Anderson earned her PhD in special education from the University of Maryland, College Park. Research and teaching interests focus on contextual factors associated with language development and literacy acquisition in children from diverse backg… More

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    (202) 885-6214

  2. Julie Sara Boyd, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - School of Education

    Julie Sara Boyd is a highly experienced mathematics educator with over eight years of secondary instruction in urban secondary schools. Boyd received her Masters in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and a Masters in Secondary Math E… More

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    (202) 885-3727

  3. Ellen Feder, Professor

    CAS - Philosophy and Religion

    Ellen K. Feder is the William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy and Social Policy. She works at the intersection of contemporary continental philosophy and feminist and critical race theory, particularly as these relate to matters of social pol… More

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    (202) 885-2931

  4. Lela Gant, Grants and Contracts Administrator

    CAS - School of Education

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    (202) 885-3639

  5. Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Associate Professor of Education and Sociology

    CAS - School of Education

    Cynthia Miller-Idriss is Associate Professor of Education and Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences and Director of the International Training and Education Program in the School of Education. Professor Miller-Idriss earned her bachelor's deg… More

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    (202) 885-3740

  6. Kiho Kim, Professor

    CAS - Environmental Science

    Dr. Kim is a marine ecologist specializing in tropical coral reefs. His research focuses on understanding the role of diseases in marine ecosystems and the synergistic effects of environmental factors, such as nutrient pollution and climate change, i… More

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    (202) 885-2181

  7. John Nolan, Professor

    CAS - Math & Statistics

    Prof. Nolan has taught at the University of Zambia (in Africa), and Kenyon College (in Ohio), and worked in a software company before coming to American University. His main research interests are in probability theory, with a focus on heavy tailed s… More

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    (202) 885-3140

  8. Laura Owen, Research Professor in Residence

    Dr. Laura Owen joins AU as a researcher in residence, where she will focus on researching evidence based practices for school counselors and college advisors aimed at addressing the persistent equity and access issues that so many students across the… More

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  9. Anastasia Snelling, Department Chair, Health Studies

    CAS - Health Studies

    Dr. Anastasia Snelling is a professor and Chair of the Department of Health Studies at American University. She has been a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a registered dietitian for over thirty years and a fellow in the American C… More

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    (202) 885-6278

  10. Jason Snyder, Senior Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - School of Education

    Jason Snyder’s teaching and research focuses on education law and education policy. Prior to joining American University’s faculty, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Seco… More

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    (202) 885-6209

  11. Danielle Gervais Sodani, Director, Institute for Innovation in Education

    CAS - School of Education

    Danielle Gervais Sodani received her BA (SIS ‘96) and MA (CAS ‘03) from American University and currently serves as the Director of the Institute for Innovation and Education in the School of Education (SOE). As Director she secures and manages exter… More

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    (202) 885-3744

  12. Jennifer Steele, Associate Professor

    CAS - School of Education

    Dr. Jennifer L. Steele is an Associate Professor of Education at American University in Washington, DC. Her research, which emphasizes quantitative methods that support causal inference, focuses on urban education policy at the K-12 and postsecondary… More

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    (202) 885-3762

  13. Amelia Tseng, Scholar in Residence

    CAS - School of Education

    Dr. Amelia Tseng holds her Ph.D and M.S. in sociolinguistics from Georgetown University, her M.A. in Spanish linguistics from Arizona State University, and her B.A. in English Honors and Spanish Magna Cum Laude from Wellesley College. Dr. Tseng direc… More

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    (202) 885-3098

  14. Polina Vinogradova, Director of TESOL Program

    CAS - World Languages and Cultures

    Dr. Vinogradova is interested in the use of digital technology, specifically digital stories, in language education and in postmethod pedagogy and advocacy in language teacher development. Her recent research focuses on the role of a pedagogy of mult… More

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    (202) 885-1446

  15. Rebecca Wilner, Panama Bilingue Project Manager

    CAS - School of Education

    Rebecca joins the AU Faculty and Staff after serving as a Senior English Language Fellow in Panama City, Panama, where she was the Academic Director of the Center for English Language Immersion (CELI). Rebecca has also taught ESL and EFL in numerous … More

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    (202) 885-3705