Full Time Faculty


Betsy Fischer Martin Executive Director, Women & Politics Institute and Executive in Residence SPA - Government

Betsy Fischer Martin is an Emmy-winning journalist and TV news executive. Currently she is Executive Director of AU School of Public Affairs' <a href="https://www.american.edu/spa/wpi/inde


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Karen O'Connor Jonathan N. Helfat Distinguished Professor of Political Science SPA - Government

<p>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 e


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Sarah Houser Professorial Lecturer SPA - Government

Sarah L. Houser is a professorial lecturer in the <a href="https://www.american.edu/spa/gov/">Department of Government</a> in the School of Public Affairs at American University.


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Vicky Wilkins Dean, School of Public Affairs SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Vicky M. Wilkins is the Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Her primary research interests include representative bureaucracy


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WPI Course Instructors


Marie Fritz Sr Professorial Lecturer SPA - Government

Dr. Fritz is a political scientist with over 15 years of experience in the areas of social policy research, anti-poverty advocacy, evaluation, and direct social services. After completing her undergra


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Lucy Gettman Adjunct Professorial Lect

Lucy Gettman is a Principal at G&S Consulting, providing customized approaches to political leadership. She is also an Adjunct Professorial Lecturer at the School of Public Affairs at American Uni


Amanda Miller Adjunct Professorial Lect

Amanda Fuchs Miller has 25 years of advocacy, policy, research, and communications experience in and outside of government. As president of Seventh Street Strategies, Amanda consults with non-profits


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


Affiliated WPI Faculty


Kimberly Cowell-Meyers Assoc Professor SPA - Government

Kimberly Cowell-Meyers is an Associate Professor of Government and affiliated faculty with the Women & Politics Institute at American University. Her work focuses on how representative democracy f


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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, par


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Jane Hall Assoc Professor SOC - School of Communication

Jane Hall is an associate professor in the School of Communication at American University, specializing in researching, writing and teaching about the intersection of media and politics. She is the au


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Diane Lowenthal SPA - Government

Diane Lowenthal came to AU in 2000 to teach American Politics Seminars and supervise Research Projects for the Washington Semester Program. Prior to joining AU, Dr. Lowenthal taught American Politics


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Gemma Puglisi Asst Professor SOC - School of Communication

Gemma Puglisi is a full-time professor of Public Communication. She is an award-winning media strategist and producer with more than 25 years of experience. During her career she has worked in broadca


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Diane Singerman Assoc 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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Jessica Waters Dean of Undergraduate Education & Vice Provost for Academic Student Services Provost, Office of the

<p>Jessica Waters is the Dean for Undergraduate Education and a faculty member in the School of Public Affairs as well as an adjunct faculty member at the Washington College of Law. Her research


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