Board of Visitors

The Political Science Department Board of Visitors volunteers its time to help the Department increase career, internship, and other opportunities for students, promote the Department's image and identity, and support development and outreach. The Board's members, who serve three-year terms, are alumni and Department friends who have excelled in a wide variety of careers and pursuits.


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John M. Stanoch

B.A. Political Science 1980

Board Chair

John Stanoch is a Senior Judge in the Minnesota State Court system and also works as a private mediator. He is the former President of Qwest Communications for Minnesota and North Dakota, and has also served as Minnesota's Chief Deputy Attorney General and as a Hennepin County (Minneapolis) District Court Judge. He is actively involved in a wide range of civic and community groups in the Twin Cities and holds a bachelors degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Edward B. Cohen

B.A. Political Science 1971

Career/Internship Committee Chair

Edward B. Cohen is vice president for government and industry relations for Honda North America. Prior to joining Honda, he served as deputy solicitor for the U.S. Department of the Interior; a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine; deputy special assistant to President Jimmy Carter; and counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce. He received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a law degree from Georgetown University.

Keith M. Pattiz

B.A. Political Science 1973

Development Committee Chair

Keith Pattiz is a partner in the law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Firm's New York office. He is the partner-in-charge of the New York office and head of the Firm's Real Estate Group. Keith has extensive experience in the areas of commercial leasing, financing, sales and acquisitions, hotel transactions and real estate workout matters. Clients have included major residential, office, hotel and shopping center developers, lending institutions, and foreign and U.S. investors. A member of the Real Estate Board of New York, Keith has served as a member of its Arbitration Board. He is also a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and served on the Real Property Committee from 1992 to 1995. He is admitted to the federal bar and the bar of the State of New York. He has been a regular panelist at the New York University Hospitality Industry Investment Conference and has served as moderator for the panel on legal developments in the hospitality industry. Keith has been recognized as a leading real estate lawyer in Chambers USA 2011 and in the 2006-2011 editions of "The Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers."

Robert Barnett

B.A. English/History 1968

Robert Barnett is a senior partner with the Washington, D.C., law firm Williams & Connolly LLP. He represents major corporations and individuals in litigation matters, corporate work, contracts, crisis management, transactions, government relations, and media relations. He has served as debate adviser for eight Democratic presidential and vice presidential campaigns, including Walter Mondale, Geraldine Ferraro, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton, John Edwards, Joe Lieberman and Hillary Clinton. During his almost 30 years of practice, he has represented clients before almost every executive department and administrative agency in Washington, D.C. He represents hundreds of authors, including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, James Patterson, Daniel Silva, Dick Cheney, and Hillary Clinton. He also represents televisions news correspondents, including Brian Williams, Lesley Stahl, Sam Donaldson, and his wife, Rita Braver of CBS News. He earned a bachelors degree in English and History from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Joe Blackbourn

B.S. Political Science 1983

Joe Blackbourn founded Everest Holdings in 2002 & has been in the real estate industry for more than 30 yrs. His experience includes office bldgs, master-planned communities, multifamily communities, shopping centers, hotel properties, business parks, mixed-use developments, residential land, commercial land, mortgage pools, & portfolios of distressed assets. Joe holds a BS degree from the UW-Madison & performed post-graduate work at the UW-Madison and Arizona State University. He is active in the Urban Land Institute (ULI) as a member of a national product council & a past Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the Arizona District Council. He currently serves on ULI’s Executive Committee, Technical Advisory Panel (AZTAP) Committee & is its Advisor to YLG's Partnership Forum, ULI's mentorship program. Joe is also a member of Lambda Alpha International and the National Association for Industrial & Office Parks. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of First Place Arizona, an organization formed to develop a new residential prototype for adults with developmental disorders, & sits on the Advisory Board for ASU's Master in Real Estate Development transdisciplinary program. Past service includes membership on AZ State University’s Council for Design Excellence & service on the Boards of Directors for SARRC (Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center), & Kivel Campus of Care, a leading continuous care facility serving the Jewish community of Greater Phoenix.

Ron Bonjean

B.A. Political Science 1993

Ron Bonjean is the first person to serve as the lead spokesman in both the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. Before leaving Capitol Hill to start the full service public affairs firms of Singer Bonjean Strategies and The Bonjean Company, Ron was chief of staff to the Senate Republican Conference under Senator Jon Kyl. Previously he was a top strategist and adviser for House Republicans as director of communications to then-Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. He also served as press secretary to Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and director of public affairs under U.S. Secretaries of Commerce Don Evans and Carlos Gutierrez.

Eric Borgering

B.A. Political Science 1988

Eric Borgerding is the President and CEO of the Wisconsin Hospitals Association. Eric has been with WHA since 2002 and he has held positions as Vice President of Government Relations, a Senior Vice President and Executive Vice President from 2007 until 2015. From 1997 until his return to WHA, Eric served as Director of Legislative Relations for the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the state’s largest and most influential business association. Mr. Borgerding directed WMC's lobbying strategies in the areas of energy, transportation and health care. Eric has also served as the Chief State Lobbyist for the University of Wisconsin-Madison under Chancellor David Ward. He was the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Wisconsin Hospital Association from 1992 to 1994 and a Legislative Assistant to Wisconsin State Representative Tom Ourada. Eric serves on a number of Boards, including the Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin; the Association of Wisconsin Lobbyists; the Wisconsin Civil Justice Council; Competitive Wisconsin, Inc.; and the Wisconsin Health News Advisory Board. Eric is an avid fisherman in Wisconsin’s Northwoods and enjoys writing and spending time with his family.

Rita Braver

B.A. Political Science 1970

As a national correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning, Rita Braver reports on everything from arts to national politics to foreign policy. Prior to that, Braver worked for CBS News as Chief White House correspondent during the Clinton administration. At Sunday Morning she has filed stories on Doomsday Scenarios, the Rise of the Blogosphere, Dr. Jill Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder. She has also reported a series of personality profiles on designers including Giorgio Armani, Business leaders such Barry Diller, and entertainment like Smokey Robinson, Harrison Ford, and Annette Benning. Her honors include five Emmy Awards, a star award from American Women in Radio and Television, and Mother of the Year from the National Mothers' Day Committee. She holds a bachelors degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is married to attorney Robert Barnett, also a Wisconsin Grad.

George Broder

B.A. Political Science 1978

George is the President of George Broder Group, LLC, a public affairs, government relations, strategic communications consultancy based in San Francisco. His first class on campus, Poli Sci 101, was taught by Professor David Adamany. He balanced academia with practical experience in the State Capitol with positions in the Governor's Office as a press assistant and manager of a statewide Supreme Court Judicial race. He took a one-year break for a Presidential campaign in 1976. He moved to Los Angeles in 1981 to join the team being assembled by Peter V. Ueberroth at the Organizing Committee for the 1984 Olympic Games. As a Deputy Press Secretary he served as an official spokesman for the Committee. After the Games, he moved north to San Francisco as a Special Assistant in the Office of Mayor Dianne Feinstein. Following the end of Feinstein's second term, Broder went back to the private sector as Vice President/Public Affairs–CA with Eller Media (now Clear Channel Outdoor), the nation's largest outdoor advertising company. In 1999, after a decade with Eller Media, Broder formed George Broder Group, LLC.

Steven Freedman

B.A. Political Science 1974

Steven Freedman is president of Freedman Jewelers Inc, a Boston family owned jewelry store, established in 1945. Steven joined the family business in 1974. Steven served as trustee for Temple Shalom in Newton, MA. Presently, Steven has been part of an action based group in downtown Boston, facilitating the improvement of Downtown Crossing, it's safety & revitalization. Steven and his wife Ruth (Wisconsin alumni B.S. 1974) have hosted many Badger "send offs" for the new incoming Badger students.

Tracy Genesen

B.A. Political Science 1985

Tracy currently serves as General Counsel to Edrington Americas, the American arm of a Scotland based manufacturer of distilled spirits. Tracy is a seasoned Beverage Alcohol attorney with an international clientele. Her expertise includes licensing, federal and state regulations, franchise laws and distribution agreements. She possesses a deep understanding of the Beverage Alcohol industry's complex business relationships and economics. In addition, she advises Beverage Alcohol companies on sales and marketing issues including advertising platforms as well as contests, promotions and sweepstakes, and also serves as general counsel to a global spirits company. Tracy has represented clients before federal agencies such as the Tax and Trade Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission, as well as numerous State Beverage Alcohol agencies. Tracy also directs a variety of complex multi-district federal court litigation focusing primarily on constitutional law matters, with particular focus on challenges to state alcohol regulatory statutes. She was recently selected a "Top Women Litigator" by the Daily Journal. The publication called her the "primary go-to litigator for American wine industry trade associations on constitutional issues." Tracy served as the American Wine Industry's litigation strategist for the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Case of Granholm v. Heald. In addition, she recently won the Family Winemakers v. Jenkins case in the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Jeffrey Gershman

B.A. Political Science 1970, J.D. Law 1973

Jeffrey is a shareholder with the law firm Stone, Leyton & Gershman. His practice areas include: real estate, general business and tax law. Jeffrey is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Missouri Bar, the District of Columbia Bar and the American Bar Association. He attended the University of Wisconsin Madison where he received his B.A. with Distinction, 1970; and J.D. 1973.

Lisa M. Gingerich

B.A. Political Science/Law/Behavioral Science 1991

Lisa Gingerich, a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin (‘91), is a shareholder in the of von Briesen & Roper, s.c. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is an advisor for health industry clients on transactions, strategic opportunities and implementation and corporate compliance. She has successfully negotiated and completed numerous acquisitions, reorganizations, mergers, divestitures and joint ventures. She is a frequent speaker providing education on physician practice management, compensation and leasing arrangements, development of strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions and physician practice models. Prior to joining von Briesen, Lisa worked at Legal Action of Wisconsin representing low income clients in Southeastern Wisconsin. She has served on the Board of Directors for Sojourner Truth House (now, Sojourner Family Peace Center), Agape Community Center, Whitnall Schools Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Southeastern Wisconsin and the School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Retirement. Lisa is recognized in Best Lawyers in America® in Health Care Law.

Gayle Haller

B.S. Political Science 1979

Gayle Haller is the Regional Director for the National Executive Service Corp. After earning her master's of business administration from the University of Chicago, she spent her career with Motorola in a variety of marketing management roles. She led data product and network product marketing for the launch of the Nextel cellular phone and directed the marketing effort for a line of next generation cellular phones. After moving to New York, she remained with the company as a consultant. She received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is also President of The Community Fund, a non-profit organization that provides grants and technical support to non-profit agencies serving residents of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe, NY.

Martha Harris

M.A. Political Science 1974, Ph.D. Political Science 1981

Martha Harris has been an educator, public servant, policy analyst and civic contributor. She served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Political–Military Affairs in the State Department (1993-97) where she negotiated international agreements on technology transfer and managed export controls. As Director of the Office of Japan Affairs at the National Research Council (1988-93), she developed a new program on competing and cooperating with Japan as a technological superpower. As policy analyst and project director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, she wrote reports on issues relating to transfers of advanced technology. Her professional career also includes teaching (University of Washington, Georgetown University) and leadership of a book project on energy and the environment as an Abe Fellow. She has published a number of articles and edited volumes, including Energy Market Restructuring and the Environment: Governance and Public Goods in Globally Integrated Markets (University Press of America, 2002).

Eliot Jubelirer

B.A. Political Science 1971

Eliot S. Jubelirer is a partner in the San Francisco office of Schiff Hardin LLP where his practice focuses on complex commercial, product liability, and legal malpractice litigation. He has tried numerous jury trials, court trials, and arbitrations to verdict. He is an adviser on a national level on toxic tort issues for clients involved in mass tort litigation and is a nationally recognized speaker on toxic torts, occupational lung injuries, and asbestos litigation. Before joining Schiff Hardin, he was a founding partner in the San Francisco litigation firm of Morgenstein & Jubelirer where he practiced for 25 years until the firm combined with Schiff in 2007. Eliot earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 1971 from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a law degree in 1974 from the University of California–Berkeley.

Amed Khan

B.A. Political Science 1991

Amed Khan is the President of Paradigm Global Group Inc., a private investment firm, and serves as senior advisor to the Clinton-Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative. His career includes many positions in the federal government including Special Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Peace Corps. He served as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Administration for the 1997 Presidential Inaugural Committee and managed planning for the Democratic National Convention and Presidential Debates as Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the Clinton/Gore '96 campaign. He also worked for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Tanzania where he was Chief Administrator/Logistician for Rwandan and Burundian refugee camps. He holds a bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison

Laura Lake

B.A. Political Science 1967

A former Ford Foundation program officer in Resources and the Environment, and UCLA faculty member, she is an environmental professional, community advocate, author, and expert on public involvement in policy implementation. Laura is president of Lake & Lake Consulting, Inc., which provides strategic research for communities challenging inappropriate development and working with developers who want to make their projects compatible with communities. She is frequently quoted in the LA Times as a leading voice for effectively battling the City Hall bureaucracy and has testified at every level of government: Congress, Sacramento and City Hall. Recently Laura lead the successful campaign to stop the sale of Los Angeles municipal garages.

Chris Larus

B.S. Political Science/Psychology 1988

Chris Larus is a trial lawyer and Chair of the Minneapolis IP & Technology Litigation Group at Robins Kaplan, LLP. For more than 20 years, Chris has helped innovators protect and monetize their intellectual property. Chris tries complex patent, trademark, copyright and licensing cases. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in courts throughout the country, and in both national and international arbitration. In addition to directly advocating for his clients, Chris frequently serves as an appointed arbitrator licensing and technology-related disputes. Chris holds a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, with majors in Political Science and Psychology. He holds a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Jeffrey Lyons

B.S. Political Science 1978

Formerly the president of Charles Schwab's $400 billion asset management business, Jeffrey Lyons now focuses his energy on community involvement and board service. Jeff worked for 22 years at Schwab in a variety of marketing, strategy and general management jobs and served on their Executive Committee. He received his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and his masters in business administration from the University of California–Berkeley.

Doug Mark

B.A. Political Science 1981

Doug Mark has represented all possible entities in the music and film industries, including independent record companies, major record companies, independent and major music publishers, superstar recording artists and songwriters, new recording artists, record producers, film composers, executives, private equity, technology companies, etc. His firm, Mark Music & Media Law, P.C., was founded in 2007, with offices in Los Angeles and New York. The firm's current clients range from pop stars such as Sara Bareilles, Darren Criss and Jason Derulo, rock bands such as Motley Crue and Guns N' Roses, alternative artists such as Andrew Bird and Tegan and Sara, to film composers such as Danny Elfman, Alexandre Desplat and many others. The firm represents some of the biggest indie labels and divisions of three out of the four major label groups. Doug serves on the Board of UCLA's Entertainment Law Institute and remains active as a speaker and fundraiser for various educational, social and political causes.

Alyssa Mastromonaco

B.A. Political Science 1998

Alyssa Mastromonaco recently left the White House after serving as White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations since 2011. Prior to that, she was Director of Scheduling and Advance, a position she held since January 2009. She also served as Director of Scheduling and Advance during President Obama's first campaign. Mastromonaco began working with then Senator Obama in January 2005 where she served as an advisor and political director of his PAC, Hopefund. Mastromonaco has previously worked for Senator John Kerry in both the Senate and his 2004 campaign and also served as Congressman Rick Boucher's (VA-09) press secretary. In November 2011, Mastromonaco was included on The New Republic's list of Washington's most powerful, least famous people and recently was interviewed on the Charlie Rose show. Mastromonaco was raised in Rhinebeck, NY and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998.

Lazar Raynal

B.S. Political Science 1985

Lazar is the Firm-wide head of McDermott’s Litigation Practice Group, serves on the Firm’s Management and Executive Committees, and is co-chair of the Trust & Estate Controversy Group. His practice is focused on complex commercial litigation in various industries and fiduciary litigation, as well as the management of litigation across foreign jurisdictions. He has represented clients in trials and appeals in various state and federal courts, and before dozens of arbitration panels throughout the United States. Lazar enjoys trying cases and arguing appeals, and has won impressive victories in multiple bet-the-company trials before both juries and judges.

Gregory Reed

B.A. Political Science 1983, M.S. Real Estate Investments 1988

Gregory Reed is a Vice President at Moody's Investors Service in New York City monitoring Moody's rated commercial mortgage backed securities and conducting structured finance market research. Prior to joining Moody's, Greg was involved in real estate investment roles for 14 years with Metlife Real Estate Investments. He is a member of the Victory Fund Campaign Board, Co-chair of Moody's LGBTA Employee Resource Grop, Co-chair of the Best Practices subcommittee of OPEN Finance and a member of Out on the Street. Community involvement has included serving as President of his Manhattan coop board and as the Vice Chairman of the Borough of Madison, NJ Planning Board. He earned both his undergraduate degree in Political Science in 1983 and his Master's degree in real estate investment analysis in 1988 from UW–Madison

Mark Rewey

B.A. Political Science/International Relations 1992

Mark W. Rewey is a Managing Director and head of sales and distribution for Segall Bryant & Hamill, a Chicago-based institutional money manager. He is responsible for national sales and marketing to institutional consultants, financial intermediaries, banks, corporations, foundation and endowments. He has been in the financial services industry since 1993, having spent the past 17 years with his current firm. Mark is an active member in the Investment Management Consultants Association and the Association of Investment Management Sales Executives. He is currently on the Midwest Board of Directors for UNICEF, and co-founder and producer of the Gold Coast Film Festival in Chicago. The film festival began in 2004 and is focused on the development of writers, directors, producers and actors from around the country. Mark is a native of Madison.

David Schaefer

B.A. Political Science 1971

David is the Managing Partner of the law firm Brenner Saltzman & Wallman LLP and chair of the firm's Litigation Practice Group. David joined the firm in 1980 and became a principal in 1982. Prior to joining the firm, David practiced in Boston at Foley, Hoag & Eliot. He also served for a number of years as counsel to the United States Senate Governmental Affairs Committee chaired by Senator Abraham Ribicoff and on the Senator's personal staff. David received his B.A. (1971) from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and his J.D. (1973) from New York University School of Law, where he was chosen the outstanding graduate of his law school class and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Judith H. Stiehm

B.A. East Asian Studies 1957

Judith Hicks Stiehm is professor of political science at Florida International University where she served as provost ad academic vice president for four years. Judith recently served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy. She has taught at the University of Wisconsin, University of California at Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California and has been a visiting professor at the U.S. Army Peace keeping Institute and at the Strategic Studies Institute at Carlisle Barracks. She earned a bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison a master's degree at Temple University in American History, and a Ph.D. in political theory from Columbia University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and holds the U.S. Army Distinguished Civilian Service Medal. She has authored numerous books on gender and military issues. Her most recent book is "Champions for Peace: Women Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize." She was awarded the Frank Goodnow Award by the American Political Science Association in 2009.

Robert Trice

M.A. Political Science 1971, Ph.D. Political Science 1974

Robert Trice retired in 2011 from his position as Senior Vice President Business Development, responsible for global strategies and new business at Lockheed Martin Corp. Before he joined Lockheed, he was vice president-international at General Dynamics Corp. Prior to that he was vice president and general manager of business development at McDonnell Douglas Aerospace. Mr. Trice holds a bachelors degree from the College of William and Mary, and a masters degree and doctorate in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Bruce Weisenthal

B.A. Political Science 1980

Bruce P. Weisenthal is a partner, executive committee member, and public law and finance practice group leader for the national law firm, Schiff Hardin LLP. He concentrates in public and corporate finance and in general corporate counseling. Mr. Weisenthal currently acts as bond counsel on numerous financials of the State of Illinois and its agencies, the City of Chicago and the City and County of San Francisco, as well as numerous other units of local government. Mr. Weisenthal acts as counsel to many not for profit institutions in connection with their financing needs, including The University of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry, and Knox College. Mr. Weisenthal also acts as general counsel to one of the world's leaders in the manufacturing and distribution of juvenile products, bicycles and ready-to-assemble furniture. Mr. Weisenthal received his BA (Political Science and Economics) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1980, and was chosen to speak on behalf of the graduating class in the Spring 1980 Commencement Exercise. He received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.

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David Adamany

M.S. Political Science 1963, Ph.D. Political Science 1967

P. Bai Akridge

Loise Anderson

Martin Begun

B.A. Political Science 1953

Edwin Behrens

B.S. Chemical Engineering 1960, M.S. Chemical Engineering 1961

Stephen Brenton

B.A. Political Science 1976

Michael Bright

M.A. Public Policy 1990

Jay Carlson

B.S. History 1964

Anthony Carroll

M.A. Public Policy & Administration 1980

Bernard Cohen

Richard A. Davies

B.A. Political Science/Economics 1979

George C. Edwards III

M.A. Political Science 1970, Ph.D. Political Science 1973

Charles Fischbach

B.S. History/Political Science 1960

Tom Hefty

B.S. Economics 1969, J.D. Law 1973

Charles O. Jones

Sherry Kaiman

B.S. Political Science/History 1979

Phillip Kaiser

B.A. Classics/Philosophy 1935

Douglas Kiel

B.A. Political Science 1971

James Klauser

B.S. Political Science 1961, J.D. Law 1964, M.A. Political Science 1968

Kathy Lefco

B.A. Political Science 1971

Terry Lierman

M.A. Public Policy 1971

Tom Loftus

M.A. Public Policy & Administration 1972

Ronald Luskin

M.A. Public Policy & Administration 1979

Patti McGill Peterson

M.A. Political Science 1968, Ph.D. Educational Science Studies 1974

Karl Meyer

B.S. History 1951

Robert Milbourne

B.A. Economics 1968, M.A. Public Policy 1978

Laura Miller

B.A. Political Science/Journalism 1980

Felicia Norwood

M.A. Political Science 1982

William Petasnick

B.A. Political Science 1968

Joy Picus

B.A. Political Science 1951

Ronald Rose

B.A. Political Science 1970

Phillip Schemel

B.A. Economics/Political Science 1982

John Karl Scholz

Allan Bud Selig

B.S. History/Political Science 1956

Lee Shapiro

B.S. History/Political Science 1979

Joel Skornicka

B.S. Political Science 1959, M.A. Public Policy & Administration 1975

Lon Sprecher

B.A. Political Science 1974, M.A. Public Policy & Administration 1975

David Tabacoff

B.A. Political Science 1971, M.A. Political Science 1974

Doris Weisberg

B.S. Psychology 1958

Gerald Whitburn

M.A. Political Science 1968

Mike Wittenwyler

B.A. Political Science 1995, J.D. Law 1998

Michael Youngman

B.A. Political Science 1975, M.A. Public Policy & Administration 1992