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We’re especially proud of our faculty—prominent scholars and real-world professionals at the top of their fields who value mentoring students as much as they value excellence in the classroom. Through their teaching, scholarly achievements and first-hand experience, you’ll gain a special entry point to politics and governance.

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Candice Nelson Professor and Department Chair, Government SPA - Government

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

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Full-Time Faculty

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David Barker Professor SPA - Government

David C. Barker is Professor of Government (American Politics) and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies. He has served as principal investigator on more than 60 externally

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Kimberly Cowell-Meyers Assistant Professor SPA - Government

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 autho

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Chris Edelson Assistant Professor SPA - Government

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,

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Todd Eisenstadt Professor SPA - Government

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 environment

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G. Borden Flanagan Assistant Professor SPA - Government

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

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Susan Glover Assistant Professor SPA - Government

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 st

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Eric Hershberg Director, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies Center for Latin American/Latino Studies

Eric Hershberg is director of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies and a professor of government at American University. From 2007-2009 he was President of the Latin American Studies Assoc

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Sarah Houser Professorial Lecturer SPA - Government

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 cosmopolit

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Gregg Ivers Professor SPA - Government

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

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Jennifer Lawless Professor SPA - Government

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

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Adrienne LeBas Associate Professor SPA - Government

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

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Jan Leighley Professor SPA - Government

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 Polit

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William LeoGrande Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs SPA - Government

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 agenc

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Jie Lu Associate Professor SPA - Government

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. H

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David Lublin Professor SPA - Government

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 Syste

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Paul Manuel Professor SPA - Government

Paul Christopher Manuel is the director of the SPA Leadership Program and professor of government. Manuel is the author or co-author of nine books and numerous articles. His research addresses issues

Thomas Merrill Associate Professor SPA - Government

Thomas Merrill is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs. He is the author of Hume and the Politics of Enlightenment (Cambridge, 2015), which won the Delba Winthrop Prize for Best Rece

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Ryan Moore Assistant Professor SPA - Government

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 he

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Saul Newman Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education SPA - Government

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 Polit

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Karen O'Connor Jonathan N. Helfat Distinguished Professor of Political Sciene 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

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James Quirk Professorial Lecturer SPA - Government

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 Catholi

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Lara Schwartz Professorial Lecturer SPA - Government

Lara Schwartz specializes in civil discourse and campus speech, constitutional law, civil rights, politics, communications, and policy. Drawing on her experience as a legislative lawyer, lobbyist, and

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Elizabeth Sherman Assistant Professor SPA - Government

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 P

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Diane Singerman Associate Professor SPA - Government

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

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Elizabeth Suhay Assistant Professor SPA - Government

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. Th

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Patricia Sykes Associate Professor SPA - Government

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 – Presid

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Steven Taylor Associate Professor SPA - Government

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 Sp

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Matthew Wright Associate Professor SPA - Government

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 Ame

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Emeriti Faculty

Christine DeGregorio Associate Prof 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 examine

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Ruth Lane Associate Prof Emerita

Professor Lane's research and teaching interests focus on Comparative Politics, Research Methodology; and include Computer Modeling and Cognitive Science. She is the author of the recently published T

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Adjunct Faculty

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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.

Kevin Boyle Adjunct Instructor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

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

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 Po

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Richard Carroll Adjunct Instructor

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

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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 D

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Lucy Gettman Adjunct Instructor

Lucy Gettman is Executive Director of Women In Government (WIG), Inc., an organization of 1800+ women state legislators that provides leadership opportunities, networking, expert forums and educationa

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/Pe

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 presid

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William Harder Adjunct Instructor Ctr for Teaching, Research and Learning

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 strategi

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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 b

Roger Lukoff Adjunct Professorial Lecturer SPA - Government

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

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Matthew Mandel Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Matt Mandel currently serves as Head of Legislative Affairs at the Wireless Infrastructure Association, the principal organization representing the companies that build, design, own, and manage commun

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 progress

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 R

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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

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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 th

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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

John Shosky Adjunct Professorial Lecturer SPA - Government

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 speec

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 fed

Daniela Stevens 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 doctoral dissertation research ti

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