Faculty & Staff

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Program Faculty

Matt Dallek

Dr. Matt Dallek

Matt Dallek is a professor in the Political Management Program at GSPM and a political historian. Along with four co-authored books, he is the author of Birchers: How the John Birch Society Radicalized the American Right.

  • Election & General Politics
  • Extremism
  • Conservatism
Casey Burgat

Dr. Casey Burgat

Casey Burgat is the Legislative Affairs Program Director and an associate professor at the Graduate School of Political Management. He hosts Mastering the Room, a bite-sized political podcast from GSPM.

  • Congress
Sandra Whitehead

Dr. Sandra Whitehead

Sandra Whitehead is the Program Director for the Sustainable Urban Planning Program at the College of Professional Studies. She is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of health, equity and the built environment.

  • Health and the Built Environment
  • Health in All Policies
  • Health Impact Assessment
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Former Faculty

Greg Lebel

Greg Lebel, Director Emeritus of GW's Native American Political Leadership Program and Semester in Washington Politics Program, has more than forty-five years of experience in management of educational programs, political campaigns, and non-profit organizations. He has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels for over thirty years.

Julius Hobson

Julius W. Hobson, Jr. has over 47 years of experience dealing with the Congress and Federal departments and agencies. As Senior Policy Advisor at Polsinelli, he advises and lobbies on a number of issues including health care, appropriations and budget, education, financial services, urban affairs, and taxes. Mr. Hobson previously served over 13 years as lobbyist and Director of Congressional Affairs, American Medical Association.

Peggy Flanagan

Peggy Flanagan is an enrolled member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe and has served as the lieutenant governor of Minnesota since 2019. Previously, Peggy was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Peggy is the former Executive Director of the Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota, and also served as the Director of External Affairs at Wellstone Action - the country's largest progressive training center, where she created and directed the Native American Leadership Program at the organization.