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    American University
    Sep 30, 2023  
American University Catalog 2022-2023 
American University Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]



Chair  David Lublin
Graduate Academic Advising  Robert Briggs, Emily Kim
Undergraduate Academic Advising  Nathan Williamson (Director), Brooke Carey, Tyler Poling
Graduate Program Director  Elizabeth Suhay
Data Science MS Co-Director  Jeff Gill
Political Communication MA Co-Director  Candice Nelson
Undergraduate Program Director  Jeremy Janow

Full-Time Faculty

Distinguished Professor  J. Gill
Jonathan N. Helfat Distinguished Professor of Political Science  K. O’Connor
Professor  D. Barker, T.A. Eisenstadt, E. Hershberg, G. Ivers, J. Leighley, W.M. LeoGrande, D. Lublin, C.J. Nelson
Associate Professor  A. Auerbach, K. Cowell-Meyers, A. LeBas, A. Levine, T. Merrill, R.T. Moore, S. Newman, L. Paler, E. Suhay, P.L. Sykes, S. Taylor, A. Valenzuela
Assistant Professor  A. Ballard, C. Edelson, G.B. Flanagan, A. Flores, S. Glover, S.Y. Kim
Senior Professorial Lecturer  M. Fritz, J. Janow, D. Lowenthal, J. Quirk, L. Schwartz
Professorial Lecturer  K. Bachiyska, S.L. Houser
Executive in Residence  R. Elving, B. Fischer Martin
Distinguished Scholar in Residence  P. Manuel
Instructor  C. Giddins Pergram

Emeriti Faculty

Distinguished Professor Emeritus/a  J.A. Thurber
Professor Emeritus/a  J. Fishel, J.J. Hanus, M. Meadows, M.P. Walker
Associate Professor Emeritus/a  C.A. DeGregorio, R.A. Lane, D. Singerman

Department Overview

The Department of Government makes use of the opportunities available from its location in the nation’s capital for the teaching and study of political science and public affairs.

The department’s undergraduate program focuses on government and public affairs as an aspect of a broad liberal arts education. It prepares the student for an enlightened role in national, community, and world affairs. This program can lead to a career in public affairs or any private or not-for-profit area that deals with the growing interrelationship between the public and private sectors. It also provides a solid and comprehensive foundation for the student who plans to pursue further education before entering a career in politics or public affairs, governmental administration, law, teaching, or research.

The graduate program is designed to prepare students for academic or professional careers in public affairs or policy analysis. The Political Science (MA)  and Political Science (PhD)  programs are flexible in order to meet the educational needs of a diverse student population.


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