Lynne Chandler-García Amy Linch
Stephen Danley Joseph Mead
Jason Gainous Colin D. Moore
Amy Gossett Michael J. Rich
Michelle Inderbitzin Stella M. Rouse
Jordan Kujala Candis Watts Smith
Angela K. Lewis

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Lynne Chandler-Garcíachandlergarcia
United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Lynne Chandler-García is an assistant professor of political science at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She teaches classes in the fields of American politics and foreign policy. Before coming to the Air Force Academy, she was a military analyst for the U.S. Army studying current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is involved in local civics and serves on a number of boards in the community, believing strongly in the power of local and state politics.

Stephen Danley
danleyRutgers-Camden University, Camden, New Jersey

Stephen Danley is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers-Camden University. His research focus includes urban neighborhoods as well as power, participation and protest in cities, and his work spans from the ethnographic study of policy experiments to exploring the scaffolding necessary to support youth participation. He has a particular soft spot for both Camden, NJ and New Orleans, LA.

He founded and authors the Local Knowledge Blog, which has been featured in Next City magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Philly Magazine. The blog highlights local voice and local issues, particularly in Camden.

A proud alumnus of Penn, Stephen received a Marshall Scholarship to attend the University of Oxford’s Nuffield College, where he received his doctorate in the Department of Social Policy and Interventions.

In a world where community voice is often ignored or silenced, Stephen is an advocate for local knowledge and civic engagement as foundational to both urban policy and urban universities. This perspective is grounded in his experiences as a city-dweller, urban academic, and local activist.

Jason Gainousgainous
University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

Jason  Gainous is  a  professor  of political  science  at the  University  of  Louisville. His research and teaching focuses on research methods as well as information technology and politics. Along with teaching traditional classes, he has directed an internship program in the Kentucky General Assembly for 11 years. He has published 2 books, one with Oxford University Press (Tweeting to Power: The Social Media Revolution in American Politics) and  one  with  Rowman  and  Littlefield  (Rebooting  American  Politics: The  Internet Revolution). He has also published various articles in journals including American Politics Research, Journal  of  Information  Technology  &  Politics, Online  Information  Review, Political  Research  Quarterly, Political  Communication, Social  Science  Quarterly,  and Statistical Science among others.

Amy Gossettgossett
Lincoln University of Missouri, Jefferson City, Missouri

Amy Gossett is the campus director of the American Democracy Project (ADP), state government intern coordinator, and full professor of political science at Lincoln University of Missouri. While doing research for her dissertation, she created the Missouri Public Affairs Academy (2000), a residential summer camp, where high school juniors and seniors from around the state acquire the knowledge, skills and dispositions essential for democratic citizen engagement. It has since become an integral part of Missouri State University’s institutional mission in public affairs. She then received her PhD in political theory and policy analysis from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2004.

Dr. Gossett has taught at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO since 2005. In her capacity as ADP director, she has taken part in many important projects such as Deliberative Polling at the Center for Deliberative Democracy, Stanford University, and the Civic Agency Initiative led by Harry Boyte and the Center for Democratic Citizenship. However, some of her most fulfilling work has been as the intern coordinator at the state capital.  She has sent over 200 students to work in all three branches of state government over the last 12 years. Many of those same interns are now state employees and elected officials requesting their own interns from Lincoln University. Some of her other roles include primary instructor and advisor for the Civic Engagement & Public Service Living/Learning Community, the Lloyd Gaines pre-law program, and the Pi Sigma Alpha political science honors society.

Michelle Inderbitzin
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon


Michelle Inderbitzin primarily studies and focuses her work around prison culture, juvenile justice, and transformative education. She has published papers in Punishment & Society, Journal of Adolescent Research, The Prison Journal, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Criminology & Public Policy, Liberal Education, and College Teaching. In addition, she is co-author of two textbooks on Deviant Behavior and Social Control published with Sage, and co-editor of the book, The Voluntary Sector in Prison: Encouraging Personal and Institutional Change. Dr. Inderbitzin earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington and has been a faculty member at Oregon State University since 2001. Along with her on campus classes on deviance and juvenile delinquency, she helped develop and taught for many years in a bridge program for incoming student-athletes, she leads a summer study abroad program in London, and she regularly teaches classes and volunteers in state youth correctional facilities and Oregon’s maximum-security prison for men. She won the Pacific Sociological Association’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Sociological Praxis in 2016 and the American Society of Criminology’s Teaching Award in 2017 for contributions to teaching in the field of criminology.

Jordan Kujalakujala
University of California Center Sacramento, Sacramento, California

Jordan Kujala is a visiting assistant professor of political science at the University of California Center Sacramento. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California-Davis. In addition to overseeing the internship course at the UC Center, he also teaches courses on research methods, public policy, and American politics. In these courses students complete their own original research project in public policy relating to California politics.

His research focuses on ideological representation in the United States including such topics as public opinion, the output of public policy, candidate decision making, elections, congress, and polarization. More specifically his current research examines the effect that primary and general elections have on the policy preferences of major party candidates for higher office, including the influential role that donor constituencies play in nomination and election of political candidates.

Angela K. Lewislewis1
University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama

Angela K. Lewis is Professor and Interim Chair in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research appears in the National Political Science Review, PS:Political Science & Politics, American Review of Politics, Journal of African American Studies, Polity, the International Journal of Africana Studies, Whose Black Politics, and The Constitutionalism of American States. She is the author of Conservatism in the Black Community: To the Right and Misunderstood.

Dr. Lewis is on the Executive Council of the Southern Political Science Association and is one of the co-editors of the National Political Science Review. Over the course of her career, Dr.Lewis has received numerous awards including the Anna Julia Cooper Teacher of the Year, UAB Black Student Awareness Committee Faculty Award, and the Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel, TRIO Achiever Award. She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha and Pi Alpha Alpha. She is also a member of Jack and Jill of America and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Amy Linchlinch
Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

Amy Linch is an assistant teaching professor of political science and co-director of undergraduate studies at Penn State University. Professor Linch’s research interests in political theory include early modern political thought, German idealism, Marxist and post-Marxist political thought, feminism and environmental political theory. She is particularly interested in religious toleration and the role of religious intolerance in early modern state consolidation. She has authored and edited several works on democratization in postcommunist societies, including The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest 1500-Present (2009) and Justice, Hegemony and Social Movements: Views from East/Central Europe and Eurasia (2012).

Joseph Mead
Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio

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Joseph Mead is an Assistant  Professor of Nonprofit Management and Public Administration at Cleveland State University, where he holds a joint appointment in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Mead studies the law and policy of the nonprofit sector, with special focus on the interactions between nonprofit organizations and  governmental institutions. He also studies policy responses to poverty, particularly homelessness. His work with students on applied policy projects have led to changes in laws throughout Ohio. He teaches courses on nonprofit management, administrative law, state government, and policy advocacy.

Colin D. Moore
University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii


Colin D. Moore is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Public Policy Center at the University of Hawaii. He is also the co-director of the Hawaii chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Hawaii, he served as a research fellow at Yale University’s Center for the Study of American Politics and as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard University.

Professor Moore’s scholarship focuses on American political development, public bureaucracies, health policy, and the historical analysis of institutional change. His research has appeared in the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, and Studies in American Political Development, among other venues. He is the author of American Imperialism and the State: 1893 -1921(Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Michael J. Richrich
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Michael J. Rich is Professor of Political Science and Environmental Sciences, and Director of the Policy Analysis Laboratory at Emory University. He is the author of Collaborative Governance for Urban Revitalization (with Robert Stoker) and Federal Policy making and the Poor, and several publications on federalism and a variety of urban public policy topics, including community development, housing and homelessness, crime, and economic development.  His current research focuses on community building, neighborhood revitalization and local poverty reduction strategies.  He has recently completed evaluation studies of  the Atlanta Housing Authority’s Moving to Work Demonstration to assess the effects of public housing innovations on the well-being of low-and moderate-income families and their children and Atlanta CareerRise, a regional workforce development collaborative designed to meet the needs of both employers and low-income incumbent workers and job seekers. He teaches courses on public policy, public policy analysis, community building and social change, poverty in America, and qualitative and multimethod research, among others.

Dr. Rich received his PhD in political science from Northwestern University and has held research appointments at the Brookings Institution and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He previously taught at Brown University and was the founding executive director of The Providence Plan, a collaborative city-state-university initiative to revitalize the city of Providence and its neighborhoods. From 2000-2014 he served as the founding executive director of Emory’s Center for Community Partnerships, a university-wide initiative to strengthen community-engaged scholarship, learning, and service.

Stella M. Rouserouse
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

Stella M. Rouse is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics, Director of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship, and Associate Director of the University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Rouse’s research and teaching interests focus on Latino politics, minority politics, Millennial politics, state politics, and immigration. She is the author of the book, Latinos in the Legislative Process: Interests and Influence (Cambridge University Press, 2013), which was voted as one of the best political science books of 2013 by The Huffington Post. Her second book, The Politics of Millennials: Political Beliefs and Policy Preferences of America’s Most Diverse Generation (co-authored with Ashley Ross), is forthcoming in 2018. She has published articles on group dynamics and cosponsorship, religion and ethno-racial political attitudes, Latino representation and education, and Millennials and immigration.

Dr. Rouse’s research has been funded by the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation. She has presented her work at such forums as the Brookings Institute, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. She has also written for such media and scholarly outlets as Reuters, NBC News, and Scholars Strategy Network. Rouse was recently selected as an editorial board member for the “Women Also Know Stuff” initiative.

Rouse is a native of Colombia. When she was two years old, her parents immigrated to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where she grew up. She fluently speaks, reads, and writes Spanish.

Candis Watts Smithsmith
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Candis Watts Smith is Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has an affiliation with the Departments of Political Science and African and African Diaspora Studies. Her research centers on American political behavior, with an emphasis on race, ethnicity, and inequality. Here, she focuses on individuals’ and groups’ policy preferences, particularly around social policies that exacerbate or ameliorate disparities and inequality between groups. Dr. Smith is the author Black Mosaic: The Politics of Black Pan-Ethnic Diversity (NYU Press, 2014) as well as several scholarly journal articles and book chapters.