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SPA: Government
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8130

The Department of Government boasts one of the most distinctive and vital programs of its kind nationwide. The department’s faculty include leading scholars in the fields of American politics, comparative politics, and political theory, and represent a wide variety of disciplines. This breadth of faculty expertise serves as the foundation for an interdisciplinary department committed to conducting research on a broad range of issues and preparing students to think critically about these issues.

Department Chair

  1. Candice Nelson, Professor and Department Chair, Government

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    Candice J. Nelson is a Professor in the Department of Government and the Academic Director of the Campaign Management Institute. She is an expert on presidential and congressional elections, and also studies voting behavior, campaign finance, and cam… More

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    (202) 885-2338

Full-Time Faculty

  1. Korneliya Bachiyska, Professorial Lecturer

  2. David Barker, Professor

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  3. Kimberly Cowell-Meyers, Assistant Professor

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    Kimberly Cowell-Meyers is Assistant Professor of Government. An AU alumna, she has taught at AU, St. Mary's College of Maryland and Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. She is the author of Religion and Politics in the Nineteenth Centu… More

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    (202) 885-6223

  4. Chris Edelson, Assistant Professor

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    Chris Edelson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government. His teaching and research interests focus on presidential national security power under the U.S. Constitution. His first book, Emergency Presidential Power: From the Drafting of… More

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    (202) 885-6218

  5. Todd Eisenstadt, Professor

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    Professor Eisenstadt has worked on five continents, publishing multiple award-winning books and dozens of articles. He studies development with research that focuses on democratization and environmental politics. He is presently PI (along with Karlee… More

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    (202) 885-6493

  6. Ronald Elving, Adjunct Professor

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  7. G. Borden Flanagan, Assistant Professor

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    On research leave at the University of Toronto for the academic year 2014-2015. Borden Flanagan’s area of expertise is the history of Western political philosophy. His teaching and research interests include ancient, renaissance, modern and postmoder… More

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    (202) 885-6495

  8. Jeff Gill, Distinguished Professor

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  9. Susan Glover, Assistant Professor

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    Professor Glover teaches and does research in the field of comparative politics, with a concentration on Africa. Her past work has focused on democratic transition and consolidation in multi-ethnic states. She has lived and worked in southern Africa,… More

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    (202) 885-2674

  10. Eric Hershberg, Director, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies

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    (202) 885-6172

  11. Sarah Houser, Professorial Lecturer

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    Sarah L. Houser is a professorial lecturer in the Department of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University. Her research and teaching interests include patriotism and cosmopolitanism, the role of place in political life, and th… More

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    (202) 885-6263

  12. Gregg Ivers, Professor

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    Gregg Ivers is Professor of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University. Professor Ivers is the author or editor of eight books, including To Build a Wall: American Jews and the Separation of Church and State, Creating Constitut… More

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    (202) 885-2976

  13. Jeremy Janow, Professorial Lecturer

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  14. Jennifer Lawless, Professor

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    Jennifer L. Lawless graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York, with a B.A. in political science. She went on to receive an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. Her research focuses on political ambition, and she i… More

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    (202) 885-6452

  15. Adrienne LeBas, Associate Professor

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    Adrienne LeBas (PhD, Columbia University) joined the Department of Government in the fall of 2009. Prior to joining AU, LeBas was a Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and Assistant Professor of Political Science and Afri… More

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    (202) 885-6229

  16. Jan Leighley, Professor

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    Jan E. Leighley's research and teaching interests focus on American political behavior, voter turnout, media and politics, and racial/ethnic political behavior. She has published in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Polit… More

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    (202) 885-6220

  17. William LeoGrande, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

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    Professor of Government and a specialist in Latin American politics and U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America, Professor LeoGrande has been a frequent adviser to government and private sector agencies. He has written five books, including Our Own … More

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    (202) 885-6234

  18. Alan Levine, Director, Political Theory Institute and Associate Professor

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    (202) 885-6257

  19. Jie Lu, Associate Professor

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    Dr. Lu studies local governance, the political economy of institutional change, public opinion, and political participation. His regional expertise focuses on the Greater China Region and East Asia. His work has appeared in Comparative Political Stud… More

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    (202) 885-6281

  20. David Lublin, Professor

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    The recipient of two grants from the National Science Foundation grants and a fellowship from the German Marshall Fund, David Lublin has authored three books, including Minority Rules: Electoral Systems, Decentralization, and Ethnoregional Parties pu… More

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    (202) 885-2913

  21. Paul Manuel, Professor

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    Paul Christopher Manuel is the director of the SPA Leadership Program and professor of government. Manuel is the author or co-author of seven books and numerous articles. His research addresses issues related to comparative democratization, comparati… More

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  22. Thomas Merrill, Associate Professor

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    (202) 885-6246

  23. Ryan Moore, Assistant Professor

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    Ryan T. Moore is assistant professor of Government in the School of Public Affairs. His research interests include American politics, the politics of social policies (such as pensions, welfare, and health), and statistical methods, especially for cau… More

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    (202) 885-6470

  24. Saul Newman, Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

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    Saul Newman is an associate professor in the Department of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, DC. He received his PhD in 1989 from the Department of Politics, Princeton University. Since then he has taugh… More

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    (202) 885-6240

  25. Karen O'Connor, Jonathan N. Helfat Distinguished Professor of Political Science

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    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 American politics, the courts, women and politics,… More

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    (202) 885-6237

  26. James Quirk, Professorial Lecturer

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    Jim Quirk teaches a wide range of courses in American and comparative politics. He'll serve on the Faculty Senate beginning in Fall 2017. Jim has taught at Loyola University Maryland and The Catholic University of America, and at the Varna [Bulgari… More

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  27. Lara Schwartz, Professorial Lecturer

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    Lara Schwartz specializes in constitutional law, civil rights, politics, communications, and policy. With over a decade as a legislative lawyer, lobbyist, and communications strategist in leading civil rights organizations, Lara brings an advocate’s-… More

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    (202) 885-6682

  28. Elizabeth Sherman, Assistant Professor

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    Professor Sherman brings over two decades of teaching, research and administrative experience to her classes in American Politics. As founding director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston, D… More

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    (202) 885-2942

  29. Diane Singerman, Associate Professor

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    Dr. Singerman is an Associate Professor and comparativist whose research interests focus on political change from below, particularly in the Middle East, and more specifically Egypt. Her work examines the formal and informal side of politics, gender,… More

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    (202) 885-2362

  30. Elizabeth Suhay, Assistant Professor

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    Liz Suhay specializes in the study of public opinion, political psychology, and political communication, all within the U.S. context. Her current research agenda is divided between two topic areas. The first is the relationship between Americans’ pol… More

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    (202) 885-6258

  31. Patricia Sykes, Associate Professor

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    Professor Sykes focuses on the U.S. presidency, comparative executive leadership, political parties, democratic theory, and political development. She's the sole author of two scholarly books – Presidents and Prime Ministers: Conviction Politics in t… More

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    (202) 885-2920

  32. Steven Taylor, Associate Professor

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    Professor Taylor's teaching and research focus on urban politics, the politics of race and ethnicity, civil rights and liberties, and political culture both in the U.S. and West Africa. (During the Spring of 2016 he was a Fulbright scholar in Ghana.)… More

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    (202) 885-6241

  33. James Thurber, Distinguished Professor

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  34. Matthew Wright, Associate Professor

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    Professor Wright has taught courses on American politics, public opinion, political psychology, immigration, and political methodology. In his research, he has explored numerous topics relevant to American politics and comparative politics more gener… More

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    (202) 885-6458

Emeriti Faculty

  1. Christine DeGregorio, Associate Professor Emerita

    Professor DeGregorio's research and teaching focuses on Congress, interest groups and political communications. In her recent book, Networks of Champions: Leadership, Access, and Advocacy, she examines the partnerships that form among officeholders, … More

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    (202) 885-2343

  2. Jeff Fishel, Professor Emeritus

Adjunct Faculty

  1. Kamal Beyoghlow, Adjunct Associate Professor

    Kamal Beyoghlow is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Government at American University but a full Professor of Strategy, the Middle East, N. Africa, and Islamic Studies at the US National War College.

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  2. Kevin Boyle, Adjunct Instructor

    Kevin Boyle has been an adjunct professor with Justice, Law, and Criminology since 2016. Mr. Boyle is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps. During his 26 year career he served in positions of increased responsibility, i… More

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  3. Jenna Brayton, Adjunct Instructor

    Jenna teaches classes on politics, the presidency, government, technology, and writing. She has recently taught: GOV 320 The Presidency, GOV 443 Applied Political Writing, and GOV 464 Politics and Policy in the Digital Era.

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  4. Richard Carroll, Adjunct Instructor

    International economist and evaluation specialist working for development banks and bilateral aid institutions.

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  5. Glendon Diehl, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  6. Donald Fulsom, Adjunct Instructor

    A longtime Washington journalist and author, Don Fulsom is an adjunct professor of government at American University, where he teaches “Watergate: A Constitutional Crisis.” In 2012, his book Nixon’s Darkest Secrets was published by Thomas Dunne Books… More

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  7. Lucy Gettman, Adjunct Instructor

    Lucy Gettman is Deputy Associate Executive Director for the National School Boards Association (NSBA). In addition to lobbying on behalf of education and 90,000 local school board members, Gettman serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors fo… More

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  8. Carrie Giddins, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  9. Patrick Griffin, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Dr. Patrick J. Griffin teaches a graduate seminar on the legislative process and is the academic director of the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute for CCPS. In addition, he is working on the AU/Pew Charitable Trusts "Improving Campaign Conduct" r… More

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  10. Harry Grundy, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  11. Samantha Guthrie, Adjunct Instructor

    Samantha Guthrie is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Government studying American Politics. Her research interests include, executive and legislative relationships, state politics, the presidency, Congress, and elite political behavior. Sama… More

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    (202) 885-6273

  12. William Harder, Adjunct Instructor

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    William L. Harder is the manager of CTRL's Research Lab and an Adjunct Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Government. His research examines gubernatorial administrative policymaking strategies and the nature of a state’s political party sys… More

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    (202) 885-3867

  13. Bradley Jackson, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  14. Jeffrey Lane, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Jeff Lane is a counsel at the international law firm Dentons. Jeff joined Dentons after spending 20 years in the U.S. federal government, serving in senior positions in the legislative and executive branches. From 2010 to 2013, he served as the Assis… More

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  15. Kevin Lawlor, Adjunct Instructor

  16. Roger Lukoff, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

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    Deputy Assistant Secretary, FHA Office of Healthcare Programs, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

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  17. Matthew Mandel, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Matt Mandel currently serves as a Vice-President at the Glover Park Group, an independent, strategic communications and government affairs consulting firm.  Previously, Matt spent ten years working on Capitol Hill, most recently as Legislative Direct… More

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  18. Amanda Miller, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Amanda Fuchs Miller has 20 years of policy, research and press experience in Democratic politics and government. As President of Seventh Street Strategies LLC, Amanda works for candidates and progressive organizations doing research, writing, issues … More

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  19. Constance Morella, Ambassador in Residence

    Connie Morella served as U.S. ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris from 2003 to 2007. She represented Maryland’s 8th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 to 2003. While in Congres… More

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  20. Mark Oleszek, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  21. Keith Pemrick, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Keith J. Pemrick is a founding member and managing partner of Commonwealth Strategic Partners (CSP). CSP is a bipartisan public policy firm providing expert government consulting and lobbying services. In his leadership role at CSP, Keith provides hi… More

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  22. Alan Rosenblatt, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Alan Rosenblatt is an adjunct professor of Public Communication. As the Associate Director, Alan directs the social media program for Online Advocacy at American Progress and CAP Action Fund. He is the founder of the Internet Advocacy Roundtable; blo… More

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  23. William Shields, Adjunct Instructor

    Bill Shields became Executive Director of the American Society for Public Administration, the largest and most prominent professional association for public administration, in January 2014. He brings to the position more than 15 years of executive an… More

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  24. John Shosky, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

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    John Shosky is the president of Roncalli Communications, Inc. He has been a professional speechwriter, consultant, coach, and trainer for over twenty-eight years. He has written more than 2800 speeches for government officials, political candidates… More

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  25. Michael Siegel, Adjunct Professor

    Michael Siegel is a Senior Training Specialist in the Division of Education, The Federal Judicial Center, Washington, D.C. He organizes, conducts, and evaluates education and training programs for federal court personnel in the areas of change manage… More

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  26. Laura Stevens Leon, Adjunct Instructor

    Daniela Stevens is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science in the School of Public Affairs and a recipient of the 2014 Tinker Field Research Grant, which supported her dissertation research titled “Uniting Behind Presidential Bills Even in a Divided C… More

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  27. Timothy Titus, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  28. Melvin Urofsky, Adjunct Professor

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  29. Christopher Utter, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer