Politics & Policy Experts

The George Washington University has leading faculty members available across a wide range of political topics, both domestic and international. Not sure where to begin? We can help you:



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Brandon Bartels

Brandon Bartels is an associate professor of political science. He is an expert on American politics and judicial politics, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. Dr. Bartels’ work focuses on the foundations of Supreme Court legitimacy in the mass public; Supreme Court decision-making; and the sources and consequences of polarization on the Supreme Court over time.

Todd Belt

Todd Belt

Todd Belt is director of the Political Management Program and professor of political management. Dr. Belt’s research and writing focuses on the mass media, public opinion, the presidency, campaigns and elections. He has published over a dozen chapters in edited scholarly books and over two dozen scholarly articles on these topics.

Sarah Binder

Sarah Binder

Sarah Binder, professor of political science, is an expert on Congress, congressional development, congressional committees and political parties. Her research focuses on the relationship between Congress and the Federal Reserve over the Fed's first century.

Lara Brown

Lara Brown

Lara Brown is the director of the GW Graduate School of Political Management. She is an expert on presidential politics, campaigns and political scandals. Brown’s book “Jockeying for the American Presidency: The Political Opportunism of Aspirants” is the first systematic study of presidential aspirants from the 1790s to the present. Her research interests include national elections, presidential aspirants, congressional incumbents, American political parties, the ideological underpinnings of presidential rhetoric and political scandals.

Casey Burgat

Casey Burgat

Casey Burgat is director of the Legislative Affairs program at the GW Graduate School of Political Management. He is an expert on the U.S. Congress, including congressional policy procedures and strategies and issues of congressional capacity and reform.

Catherine Ross

Catherine Ross

Catherine Ross, the Lyle T. Alverson Professor of Law, specializes in constitutional law with particular emphasis on the First Amendment and family law. Her book, “A Right to Lie? Presidents, Other Liars, and the First Amendment” addresses the urgent issue of whether the nation's highest officers, including the president, have a right to lie under the speech clause and whether freedom of expression protects even factual falsehoods.

Christopher Warshaw

Christopher Warshaw

Christopher Warshaw, associate professor of political science, is an expert on American politics. His research evaluates the links between public opinion, elections and political outcomes in city and state governments, as well as the U.S. Congress. He also examines how political institutions, such as term limits or direct democracy, influence political representation.

Michael Cornfield

Michael Cornfield

Michael Cornfield is the director of the Global Center for Political Engagement and an associate professor of political management. He is an expert on political rhetoric and online politics, and is the author of two books: Politics Moves Online: Campaigning and the Internet and The Civic Web: Online Politics and Democratic Values. Cornfield is currently directing the Public Echoes of Online Rhetoric in America (PEORIA) Project and the Shenkman Initiative on Applying Big Data for Political Success.

Matthew Dallek

Matthew Dallek

Matthew Dallek is an assistant professor of political management and an expert on modern American political history, the use of presidential power and the conservative movement He previously served as a speechwriter for House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt and Federal Communications Commission Chairman William E. Kennard.

Danny Hayes

Danny Hayes

Danny Hayes, associate professor of political science, specializes in American politics, the intersection of media and politics, elections, public opinion and women in politics. His research focuses on political communication and political behavior in American politics.

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