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    American University
    Feb 23, 2024  
American University Catalog 2023-2024 
American University Catalog 2023-2024

Public Administration and Policy


Chair  Anna Amirkhanyan
Academic Advisors  Nelly Boishin, Julie Coe, Cris Dinu, Emily Kim, Janet Nagler
PhD Program Coordinator  Seth Gershenson
MPA Program Director  Carla Flink
MPAP Program Director  Sonja Walti
MPP Program Director  Marquise McGraw
Key Executive Leadership Programs Director  Patrick Malone

Full-Time Faculty

Charles W. Fotis Sr. & Dorthea G. Fotis Family Distinguished Professor of Health Policy  Erdal Tekin
Professor  A. Amirkhanyan, S.A. Bass, D. Burley, S. Gershenson, D.S. Hyra, A. Jacknowitz, J. Johnston, C.M. Kerwin, D. Marcotte, T. Morrissey, E. Tekin, V.M. Wilkins
Provost Associate Professor  K. AbouAssi
Associate Professor  L. Faulk, N. Favero, C. Flink, J. Marvel, C. Persico
Assistant Professor  V. Duque, D. Schwegman, A. Soni, J. Williams
Senior Professorial Lecturer  S. Walti
Professorial Lecturer  S. Grossman, M. McGraw, S. Sabetghadam, R. Yurman
Distinguished Executive in Residence  D. Fiorino
Executive in Residence  P. Malone
Scholar in Residence  K. Baehler
Distinguished Scholar in Residence  K. Meier
Senior Executive in Residence  R. Zaplin
Postdoctoral Fellow  W. Jackson

Emeriti Faculty

Distinguished Professor Emeritus/a  D.H. Rosenbloom
Professor Emeritus/a  R.F. Durant, D.H. Koehler, L.I. Langbein, H.E. McCurdy, B.S. Romzek, B.R. Schiller
Distinguished Practitioner in Residence Emeritus/a  R. Tobias
Distinguished Scholar in Residence Emeritus/a  R. Marshak

Department Overview

Through its teaching and key location in Washington, DC, the Department of Public Administration and Policy (DPAP) enhances the knowledge, professional skills, and leadership potential of its students, preparing them for careers in the public service and related spheres.

Graduate degrees offered by the department include the Public Administration (MPA) , Public Policy (MPP) , online Public Administration and Policy (MPAP) , and Public Administration and Policy (PhD) . The department also offers a variety of noncredit and nondegree executive education programs. DPAP has three programs accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). The United States and other governments worldwide face the challenge of discerning how best to harness the energy and expertise of public servants, the passion and commitment of nonprofit organizations, and the dynamism and creativity of markets in the pursuit of democratic and constitutionally informed public purposes. We educate students entering, engaged in, and interacting with government agencies in the United States and abroad. We treat administration and policy as interrelated subjects strongly influenced by the values of public service and democratic constitutionalism. Through our research and civic involvement, we also seek to shape and enhance what is practiced and taught in our field.


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