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' Women

  fischerm@american.edu

  (202) 885-6149

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

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 expert

  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 Leadership

  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 health

  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

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, voter be

  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

Alexis Klein

Alexis is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration. Originally from Herndon, Virginia, after graduating with a bachelor's degree in environmental science, Alexis lived in Telluride, Colora

  ak2425a@american.edu

Jamie Schoshinski

Jamie Schoshinski is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree with a planned concentration in environmental policy. She graduated from Temple University in 2017 with a degree in political s

  js2727a@american.edu