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Spotlight On Dr. Domonic Bearfield

At the age of 16, Dr. Domonic Bearfield knew he wanted to become a professor. His idealized version of academic life consisted of wearing tweed jackets while driving a convertible MG through the streets of a leafy New England college town.

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Spotlight On Dr. Ann Bowman

This fall, the Bush School welcomed Dr. Ann Bowman to the Masters in Public Service and Administration program. While new to the Bush School, Dr. Bowman is no stranger to Texas A&M, having taught in the Department of Political Science from 1979 — 1981, before moving to the University of South Carolina.

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Spotlight On Leonard Bright

Dr. Leonard Bright holds a PhD in public administration and policy from the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. He joined the Bush School after serving as an associate professor in the School of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Louisville.

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Spotlight On Dr. William Brown

Dr. William Brown followed a non-traditional path to the Bush School, studying education, organizational psychology and social work rather than political science or economics.

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Spotlight On Dr. Justin Bullock

Justin Bullock, an assistant professor in the Department of Public Service and Administration (MPSA), earned his PhD in public administration and policy from the University of Georgia in 2014, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in public administration.

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Spotlight On Dr. Jasen Castillo

Dr. Jasen Castillo joined the Bush School this past Fall as an Assistant Professor in the National Security Program. Immediately prior to his appointment, he worked in the office of the Undersecretary for Policy in the Department of Defense.

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Spotlight On Dr. Kalena Cortes

Dr. Kalena Cortes, an assistant professor in the Master of Public Service and Administration (MSPA) program, came to the Bush School from Syracuse University. She earned her BA in economics from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and her PhD in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, where her dissertation focused on how immigrants assimilate in the United States.

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Spotlight On Dr. Laura Dague

Dr. Laura Dague, an assistant professor in the MPSA program, earned a PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin, where she was associated with the Population Health Institute and the Institute for Research on Poverty.

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Spotlight On Dr. Gregory Gause

The career of Dr. Gregory Gause, III, head of the Department of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, has led him to pursue scholarly work in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Cairo; conduct research for multiple prominent think tanks; and teach at several premiere universities.

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Spotlight On Dr. Jessica Gottlieb

Jessica Gottlieb, assistant professor in the Bush School’s Department of International Affairs (INTA), joined the faculty in the fall of 2013 after earning her PhD from Stanford University.

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Spotlight On Cole Blease Graham, Jr.

Cole Blease Graham, Jr., assistant dean of Assessment and Diversity Initiatives and professor in the Department of Public Service and Administration, earned his PhD from the University of South Carolina in 1971.

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Spotlight On Dr. James Griffin

Dr. James Griffin, holder of the Bob Bullock Chair in Public Policy and Finance, is in his seventh year as a professor of economics and public policy in the Bush School of Government and Public Service. Dr. Griffin, or Dr. G as he is known by his students, is a native Texan and part-time rancher.

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Spotlight On Dr. Charles Hermann

When students step into a class with Dr. Charles Hermann, they are learning from a man who served under Henry Kissinger on the National Security Council and who served as the founding director of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

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Spotlight On Dr. Mary Hilderbrand

Many professors hope to put their unique stamp on their school, but few get to develop graduate programs in government and public policy from the ground up like Dr. Mary Hilderbrand, senior lecturer and distinguished practitioner in residence at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

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Spotlight On Dr. Reyko Huang

Dr. Reyko Huang is an assistant professor of international affairs at the Bush School. Her research focuses on civil wars, rebel group dynamics, state-building, democratization, and foreign interventions in conflict.

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Spotlight On Dr. Valerie Hudson

Dr. Valerie Hudson joined the faculty of the Bush School in 2012 as the George H. W. Bush Chair. An expert on international security and foreign policy analysis, she received her PhD in political science at The Ohio State University.

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Spotlight On Dr. Deborah Kerr

Dr. Deborah L. Kerr has been a lecturer and a member of the graduate faculty at the Bush School since 1999, teaching performance management, public policy formation, and advanced management, in addition to supervising second-year capstone projects.

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Spotlight On Dr. Joanna Lahey

Dr. Joanna Lahey came to the Bush School five years ago after receiving her doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). As the resident expert on the economics of aging and health, she has published groundbreaking work on the subject and received attention from leading media outlets for her research.

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Spotlight On Dr. Christopher Layne

Few people discover their passion in life, and even fewer are able to make it their career. One such fortunate individual is Dr. Christopher Layne, professor and holder of the Mary Julia and George R. Jordan Professorship of International Affairs at The Bush School.

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Spotlight On Dr. Ren Mu

Born in China, Dr. Ren Mu joined the Bush School faculty in 2007 as an assistant professor, having most recently been a research consultant at the World Bank. She received her B.A. in economics and an M.A. in law from Nankai University.

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Spotlight On Dr. Jeryl Mumpower

For Dr. Jeryl Mumpower, newly returned department head of the Bush School’s Public Service and Administration Department, teaching and research have always been an act of service—both to the academic community and the broader public.

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Spotlight On Larry Napper

When Professor Larry Napper first arrived at Texas A&M University to study history, he had only read about the vast world outside of the United States - but had never seen any of it. That would soon change in ways he never imagined.

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Spotlight On Andrew Natsios

Andrew Natsios, one of the Bush School’s newest faculty members, brings a wealth of experience in public service to his teaching. During his long and distinguished career, Natsios has been a state legislator, military officer, NGO vice president, civil servant, diplomat, professor, and leader of one of the largest and most controversial public works projects.

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Spotlight On William Norris

With almost two years of teaching under his belt in the Master’s Program in International Affairs (MPIA) at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, Assistant Professor William Norris’ influence on the program has begun to spread.

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Spotlight On James Olson

The first time Jim Olson visited the Bush School, he had to wear a hard hat. It was late in 1997 when MPIA Director Chuck Hermann gave Olson, then still employed with the Central Intelligence Agency, a tour of the Allen building facilities he would call home for the next thirteen years.

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Spotlight On Laurie E. Paarlberg

Associate professor, Dr. Laurie E. Paarlberg, came to the Bush School in the fall of 2013 from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. In 2003, she earned a PhD in public affairs at Indiana University at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

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Spotlight On Kent Portney

Kent Portney, professor in the Bush School’s Department of Public Service and Administration (MPSA) and Senior Fellow in the School’s Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy, earned his PhD in political science from Florida State University and his master’s from the University of Connecticut.

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Spotlight on Dr. Ellie Heng Qu

Dr. Ellie Heng Qu joined the Bush School as an assistant professor in the Master of Public Service and Administration (MSPA) program in the fall of 2016.

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Raymond Robertson
Spotlight On Dr. Raymond Robertson

While moving from a small private liberal arts school solely focused on undergraduate education to a graduate program within a large public research university may seem like a big transition, for Dr. Raymond Robertson, it is a perfect fit.

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Spotlight On Dr. Andrew L. Ross

Andrew Ross, a professor in the Department of International Affairs, earned his MA and PhD at Cornell University and his BA, summa cum laude, at American University.

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emily Sellars
Spotlight On Dr. Emily Sellars

Dr. Emily Sellars is always looking for the next challenge. Right now, it’s teaching quantitative methods to the less than willing.

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Spotlight On Ronald Sievert

Professor Ronald Sievert is a senior lecturer and director of the Certificate in Advanced International Affairs program. He earned his undergraduate degree at St. Bonaventure University in western New York State and a law degree from UT-Austin.

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Spotlight On Erin A. Snider

Assistant Professor Erin A. Snider joined the Bush School’s Master’s Program in International Affairs in the fall of 2013. She holds a PhD in politics and international studies from Trinity College, Cambridge, and focuses her research on democracy aid and the political economy of the Middle East, particularly Egypt.

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Spotlight On Dr. Lori Taylor

A native of Salina, Kansas, Lori Taylor began college planning to be a lawyer or an anthropologist. While studying economics at the University of Kansas, she recognized that she had a natural gift for economics and related subjects.

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Spotlight On Dr. Gabriela Marin Thornton

Dr. Gabriela Thornton earned her master’s degree and PhD in international studies at the University of Miami, Coral Gables. She joined the Bush School as a lecturer in 2007 and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2011.

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Spotlight On Dr. Arnold Vedlitz

Dr. Arnold Vedlitz has been an integral part of the Bush School of Government and Public Service since the idea was first put forward in the early 1990s. As associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts (and also a professor in the Department of Political Science), Vedlitz was a key member of the team that prepared the University’s bid for the Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

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Spotlight On Dr. William West

Dr. William West, professor and Sara Lindsey Chair in the Department of Public Service and Administration, has been at the Bush School from the very beginning. He has seen it grow from a small program with fewer than twenty students to a highly regarded academic college with two departments and a student population of more than 300.

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