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 undergraduate degree she spent one year living and working in a homeless shelter for women and children as part of a volunteer service program. She has worked in a variety of anti-poverty programmatic areas including low-income housing, food security, intimate partner violence, transit equity, public entitlements, and youth development. She wrote her dissertation on the impact of gender and familial ideology on contemporary federal housing policy development in the United States. Her academic research and writing focuses on the intersection of gender, social policy, and political ideology.
Dr. Fritz has taught seminar courses on Gender and the Law and Critical Race Theory at the University of Maryland, College Park. At American University, Dr. Fritz has taught a variety of experiential learning-focused courses including Transforming Communities and U.S. Politics and Policy in the Washington Semester Program, Introduction to American Government and Introduction to College Inquiry in the Washington Mentorship Program, and a Seminar in Applied Politics in the Graduate Gateway Program. She has developed and instructed DC-based experiential and service learning projects, including public interest lobbying and asset-based community development research. In spring 2020 she taught American University Experience II in the AU Core, a required class for every incoming AU student to explore race, social identity, and power. She looks forward to teaching her approved Complex Problems course on the Politics of Transit.
Dr. Fritz previously served as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the School of Professional & Extended Studies. She also co-chaired an ad hoc term faculty committee that rewrote the term faculty guidelines for the AU Faculty Manual and chaired the Socio-Historical Inquiry Committee in the AU Core.
Dr. Fritz is actively involved in local government issues with a particular interest in the community east of the Anacostia River where she has resided for 15 years.
Areas of Expertise: US social policy development, urban policy and planning, gender and anti-poverty programs, and DC city politics and governance.