Online Programs

Master of Public Administration and Policy: Faculty

The online Master of Public Administration and Policy (MPAP) is spearheaded by American University’s School of Public Affairs’ highly regarded on-campus faculty and instructors. These academics do more than facilitate a learning experience online — they elevate the quality of instruction by incorporating their own real-world and practical experiences. Well-connected and influential, these leading scholars come from a variety of areas within public administration, public policy, and organization development.

Khaldoun AbouAssi
Assistant Professor

Khaldoun AbouAssi’s research focuses on nonprofit and public management from a comparative perspective, examining organizational capacity, resources, and inter-organizational relations. His work has appeared in such scholarly journals as Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly...

Karen Baehler
Scholar in Residence

Professor Baehler brings ten years of experience teaching courses in policy analysis and the policy process at the doctoral, master’s, executive-training, and undergraduate levels in the U.S....

Albert C. Hyde
Senior Scholar in Residence

Albert C. Hyde is a senior scholar in residence at American University where he teaches graduate courses in budgeting and public administration. He is the author or editor of numerous textbooks in public administration. He is the author or editor of numerous textbooks in public administration to include the forthcoming 8th edition of Classics of Public Administration. He was a senior staff member and staff consultant at the Brookings Institution from 1997 to 2009...

Alison Jacknowitz
Chair of the Department of Public Administration and Policy

Alison Jacknowitz is the Chair of the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University and an Associate Professor. Her research interests focus on children’s well-being, particularly food insecurity, poverty, and food assistance…..

David Rosenbloom
Distinguished Professor of Public Administration

Professor Rosenbloom specializes in constitutional-administrative law, administrative theory, history, reform, and personnel management. Professor...
Carletta Taylor Sims
Professorial Lecturer

Carletta Taylor Sims is currently serving as a Postdoctoral Scholar and Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. She teaches courses...

Sonja Walti
Assistant Professor and Director of Online Programs

Professor Walti is an international scholar in public policy. Her fields of specialization include comparative public policy and public administration, policy...

Vicky M. Wilkins
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor

Vicky M. Wilkins is the Senior Associate Dean in the School of Public Affairs and Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Her primary research interests include representative bureaucracy; bureaucratic discretion…

Ruth Zaplin

Dr. Ruth Zaplin is an Executive-in-Residence, School of Public Affairs, Department of Public Administration & Policy and Director of International Programs, Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. Dr. Zaplin served as a senior advisor and project director….

Anna Amirkhanyan
Associate Professor

Professor Amirkhanyan’s research and teaching focuses on public and nonprofit management, public sector reform, organizational performance, social policy, research methodology, and intellectual history of public administration…

Jean Accius
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Jean Accius is a nationally recognized expert on aging policy, livable communities and long-term services and supports (LTSS). He currently serves as the Vice President of the Long-Term Services & Supports and Livable Communities Group within the AARP Public Policy Institute.

Andrew Brannegan
Adjunct Instructor

Andrew Brannegan is presently the senior data analyst at Aspire Public Schools, which operates 40 schools in California and Tennessee. He received…

Quentin Brummet
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Quentin Brummet is currently an Adjunct Professorial Lecturer at American University and an Economist in the Center for Administrative Records Research and Applications at the U.S. Census Bureau. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University...

headshot photo of Elizabeth Crowe, MPAP Adjunct Professorial LecturerElizabeth Crowe
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Elizabeth Crowe is a Research Associate at the Urban Institute, where her research focuses on the role of government programs and private organizations in supporting low-income families in the U.S. Topics includes cash and in-kind assistance programs, the U.S. social safety net, poverty, inequality, and social policy. Crowe received her Ph.D.

Thaddeus Juszczak
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Mr. Juszczak has over 34 years of experience as a federal employee, manager, and executive. Serving in five different agencies (Army, EPA, IRS, Treasury IG, HHS) over his career…

Joseph Kaplan
Adjunct Instructor

Joseph V. Kaplan, a founding principal of Passman & Kaplan, P.C., practices primarily in the areas of employment, labor, and discrimination law. He is a frequent lecturer at professional seminars concerning various labor and employment law topics...

headshot photo of Nadeen Makhlouf, MPAP Adjunct InstructorNadeen Makhlouf
Adjunct Instructor

Nadeen Makhlouf holds a PhD in Public Administration from American University. Her research interests include global governance and comparative public policy and administration with a focus on North Africa and the Middle East. It also revolves around topics of organization theory and diffusion of management practices particularly among international organizations.

Kimberly Moloney
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Professor Moloney's research sits at the nexus of public administration and development administration; and public administration, international organizations, and global governance. The former focuses on developing country island-states (Jamaica, Trinidad, Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomons)...

Jeffrey Poirier
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Professor Jeffrey Poirier, PhD, PMP, brings over 15 years of experience addressing an array of public policy issues and conducting policy and program evaluation related to human service systems.

Stephan Putansu
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Steven Putansu is a "pracademic," who splits his time between being a senior social science analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the one hand, and academic research and teaching on the other. Steven specializes in evidence-based decision making, including political consequences of incorporating evidence into policy debates, research on leading practices for making evidence-based decisions, and applied work in a variety of policy areas...

Tracy Fox Salmons
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Tracy Salmons has over 10 years of experience working in the federal government on data analytics, program evaluation, and public policy matters. She currently serves as a Policy Officer in the FBI’s Office of National Policy. Her career has also included work as a Research Associate in the Office of Research and Data at the United States Sentencing Commission and as a contractor for Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

headshot photo of Chad Smith, MPAP Adjunct Professorial LecturerChad Smith
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Chad Smith is a Manager in the Quantitative Economics and Statistics (QUEST) practice of Ernst and Young. He has 15 years experience as a healthcare administrator and 16 years of clinical healthcare experience. He retired from the US Navy after 25 years of service. As a member of American University’s Center for Public Finance Research (CPFR) he has worked on numerous international projects.

Laura Sullivan
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Laura Sullivan’s research interests focus on wealth and income inequalities over the life-course, factors affecting long-term household economic stability, and poverty reduction policies. Her current research examines the impacts of household-level economic shocks and family and institutional resources on the financial well-being of households approaching retirement age...

Matthew Vanderschuere
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Matthew Vanderschuere has a PhD in Public Administration from American University and an M.P.A. from the University of Colorado-Denver. His research interests include human resource management, leadership, and employee motivation within public organizations...

Winfield Wilson
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Winfield Wilson is an attorney and policy analyst specializing in environmental, natural resources, and labor issues. Wilson also teaches environmental law at the Washington College of Law. Wilson holds advanced degrees from American University...