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.

American University professors bring more than just academics to the classroom—they bring years of experience as respected practitioners, resulting in valuable and applicable insights for students.

Khaldoun AbouAssiKhaldoun 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 BaehlerKaren 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. HydeAlbert 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 JacknowitzAlison 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 RosenbloomDavid Rosenbloom
Distinguished Professor of Public Administration

Professor Rosenbloom specializes in constitutional-administrative law, administrative theory, history, reform, and personnel management. Professor...
Carletta Taylor SimsCarletta 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 WaltiSonja 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. WilkinsVicky 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 ZaplinRuth 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 AmirkhanyanAnna 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 AcciusJean 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.

Allison Bawden
Adjunct Instructor

Ms. Bawden provides leadership and oversight on GAO’s portfolio related to domestic and international nuclear security and cleanup. Before becoming a GAO executive, Ms. Bawden spent more than a decade in NRE managing audits and evaluations of the Department of Energy’s national laboratories, nuclear weapons modernization programs and budgeting, and nuclear security enterprise infrastructure. During her executive training at GAO, Ms. Bawden served as an Acting Director in both GAO’s Education, Workforce & Income Security team and Strategic Issues team, where she provided leadership and oversight on a portfolio that included issues on student debt, retirement security, federal grants management…

Andrew BranneganAndrew 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…

Javier BronfmanJavier Bronfman
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Javier received his PhD in Public Administration and Policy at American University, Washington D.C., in 2014. He received his Master of Public Administration from Wagner Graduate School of Public service New York University in 2007. His research and teaching includes public policy analysis, microeconomic development …

Quentin BrummetQuentin 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...

Doctor Anne FerranteAnne Ferrante
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Anne Ferrante is an educator and executive coach. Anne teaches graduate level courses in Organizational Behavior and Leadership at American University (AU) and at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD).  She is also an International Coach Federation (ICF) credentialed Professional Certified (PCC) executive coach with the American University School of Public Affairs Key Leadership Program…

Riordan FrostRiordan Frost
Adjunct Professor

Riordan Frost is a policy analyst working as a researcher at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. His research interests range from urban sustainability to gentrification to…

Bradley HardyBradley Hardy
Adjunct Professor

Bradley Hardy is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy and nonresident senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. His research interests lie within labor economics, with an emphasis on…

Thaddeus JuszczakThaddeus 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…

Nadeen MakhloufNadeen 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 MoloneyKimberly 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)...

Milena NikolovaMilena Nikolova
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Milena Nikolova is a Research Associate at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) in Bonn, Germany where she works on topics related to well-being, migration, transition economics, and labor market issues. She is also a Nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution and is affiliated with the Happiness Research Organization in Düsseldorf, Germany and the Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI) in Bratislava, Slovakia. She holds a Ph.D. in policy studies from…

William PaxtonWilliam Paxton
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

William Paxton is a leading expert on ethics and the law. He counsels government officials, corporations, and their leaders on a wide range of issues including bet-the-organization ethical dilemmas, crisis management, strategic counseling, and public relations message development. He is a frequent lecturer on ethics and law…

Evelyn Ploumis-Devick
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Ploumis-Devick is recognized nationally in the areas of leadership, organizational change, innovation, strategic planning, program design and professional development. For more than 25 years she has held graduate faculty, administrative, senior leadership, and consulting positions within legislative, governmental, higher education, non-profit, and community settings.

Jeffrey PoirierJeffrey 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 PutansuStephan 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...

Beth RabinovichBeth Rabinovich
Adjunct Instructor

Beth Rabinovich is a project director at Westat, a research firm in Rockville, MD. She has conducted program evaluations for federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private foundations. Her federal clients have included the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), The U.S. Department of State (DOS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The topics of her program evaluations have ranged from issues involving older persons, victims of gender-based violence...

Tracy Fox SalmonsTracy 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...

Chad SmithChad 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 SullivanLaura 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 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 WilsonWinfield 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...