Leadership

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

  fischerm@american.edu

  (202) 885-6149

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

  oconn@american.edu

  (202) 885-6237

Staff


My-Lien Le Assistant Director, WPI SPA - Government

My-Lien completed her M.A. in Comparative Politics of Gender & Development from American University in 2010. In 2008, My-Lien received her graduate certificate in Women, Policy & Political Lea

  mylienle@american.edu

  (202) 885-3103

Julie Russell Part Time Staff

Julie is an experienced consultant with a Master of Science Degree in Economics.  She is skilled in communications, event management, fundraising, nonprofit organizations, project management, and stra

  jrussell@american.edu

Sydney Weiss Hourly Wages

Sydney Weiss is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Political Science with a concentration in American Government. Her research interests include social activism and mental he

  sw3721a@american.edu

Student Staff


Sarah Aldridge

Sarah Aldridge is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Applied Politics. She began her career in education policy, but in ten years sees herself working in comm

  sa9744a@american.edu

Isabelle Atkinson

Isabelle Atkinson is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree with a concentration in Women, Policy, and Political Leadership. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015 a

  ia8794a@american.edu

Emma Godel

Emma is a first year MPA student originally from South Berwick, ME. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Allegheny College in 2021, where she studied political psychology, vote

  eg5241a@american.edu

Fiona Grady

Fiona Grady is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree with planned concentrations in social policy or advanced policy analysis. She graduated summa cum laude from Elmhurst University in 2

  fg6789a@american.edu

Emily Hoyle

Emily is in her first year of the Master of Art in Political Communications program. She graduated from Portland State University in 2019 with a degree in political science and spent the two years pri

  eh8459b@american.edu