Faculty & Staff Directory

Michele Claiborn

Michele
Claibourn

Assistant Professor of Public Policy

Michele Claibourn is an assistant professor of public policy at the Batten School and Director of Equitable Analysis for The Equity Center at UVA.  Claibourn leads the Center’s community-engaged data science work in support of a more equitable and just region. She has directed or supervised multiple community-based research projects in the Charlottesville community, including racial equity studies for the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless.

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Kevin Cope

Kevin
Cope

Associate Professor of Law and Public Policy

Kevin Cope is an associate professor of law and public policy at the Batten School and an associate professor of law at UVA's School of Law. Cope’s research focuses on the measurement of legal and political phenomena. Substantively, he is most interested in the law and politics of international institutions, migration, and relationships between domestic institutional structure and international behavior. He is a faculty affiliate at the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics.

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Galen Fountain

Galen Fountain is a lecturer at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Previously, he served for nearly two decades as Clerk of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies and prior to that as Counsel to the Senate Committee on Small Business. 

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Harry Harding

Harry
Harding

University Professor and Professor of Public Policy

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Harry Harding is a university professor and professor of public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, a senior fellow in the Miller Center of Public Affairs at UVA, and Adjunct Chair Professor in the College of Social Science at National Chengchi University in Taipei, where he holds a Yushan Scholarship. Harding is a specialist on Asia and U.S. - Asian relations.

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John Holbein

John
Holbein

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education

John Holbein is an assistant professor of public policy and education at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Holbein studies political participation, political inequality, democratic accountability, political representation, and education policy.

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Peter Johannessen

Peter
Johannessen

Assistant Professor of Public Policy

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Peter Johannessen is an assistant professor of public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Johannessen’s research explores how popular participation shapes the local policy-making process, including projects that focus on local electoral responsiveness and the design of participatory governance institutions in Brazil.

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Justin Kirkland

Justin
H.
Kirkland

Associate Professor of Politics and Public Policy

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Justin H. Kirkland is an associate professor of politics and public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. His research focuses on understanding the relationship between public opinion and legislative behavior, institutional rules and legislative outcomes, and methods for analyzing legislative choices.

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Jennifer Lawless

Jennifer
Lawless

Commonwealth Professor of Politics and Public Policy

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Jennifer L. Lawless is the Commonwealth Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia and at the Batten School. Lawless is also a Senior Fellow at UVA's Miller Center. Her research focuses on political ambition, campaigns and elections, and media and politics.

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David Leblang

David
Leblang

Professor of Politics and Public Policy, Director of the Global Policy Center

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David Leblang is a professor of public policy at the Batten School, the Ambassador Henry J. Taylor and Mrs Marion R. Taylor Endowed Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, and the Dorothy Danforth Compton Professor of Public Affairs at UVA's Miller Center. His research focuses on global migration including refugee and migrant choice as well as the link between migration and observed international investment, remittance flows, and the spread of democracy.

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Christine Mahoney

Christine
Mahoney

Professor of Public Policy and Politics, Director of Social Entrepreneurship at UVA

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Christine Mahoney is professor of public policy and politics at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, Director of Social Entrepreneurship at UVA, and Director of the Virginia Impact Investing Forum at the Center for Social Innovation at the University of Virginia. She studies social justice advocacy, activism and direct action through social entrepreneurship.

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Paul Martin

Paul
S.
Martin

Associate Professor of Public Policy

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Paul Martin is an associate professor at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Martin studies how and when political elites respond to the preferences of ordinary people; political participation and advocacy, how and when citizens become involved in the policy process; on the role of mass media; and on the origins and consequences of social capital .

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Andrew Pennock

Andrew
S.
Pennock

Associate Professor of Public Policy

Andy Pennock is an associate professor of public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He serves UVA as the faculty director of Batten’s MPP orientation program, on Batten’s curriculum committee, and as an elected member of the Executive Council of the Faculty Senate. Pennock’s academic research examines public policy in the global economy as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning

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Philip Potter

Philip
Potter

Associate Professor of Politics and Public Policy and Director of the National Security Policy Center

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Philip Potter is an associate professor of politics and public policy at the Batten School and the Director of the National Security Policy Center. Potter specializes in foreign policy and international relations. His research currently focuses on the area of international terrorism.

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James Savage

James
Savage

Professor of Politics and Public Policy

James D. Savage is a professor of politics and public policy at the Batten School and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. His research and teaching focus on comparative budgetary, fiscal, and macroeconomic policy, with an emphasis on the United States, the European Union, Iraq and Japan. He is particularly interested in the development of macrobudgetary rules, procedures, and institutions in these countries, and how they influence fiscal outcomes.

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Todd Sechser

Todd
S.
Sechser

Professor of Politics and Public Policy

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Todd S. Sechser is a professor of politics and public policy at the Batten School and the Pamela Feinour Edmonds and Franklin S. Edmonds Jr. Discovery Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. Sechser is also a Senior Fellow at UVA's Miller Center. His research interests include coercive diplomacy, emerging technologies, nuclear security and political violence

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Allan Stam

Allan
Stam

University Professor of Public Policy and Politics

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Allan C. Stam is a university professor of public policy and politics at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. His research focuses on the dynamics of armed conflict between and within states. Stam has also worked on several survey-based projects including surveys conducted in Russia, Rwanda, India and the United States.

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Craig Volden

Craig
Volden

Professor of Public Policy and Politics and Director of the Center for Effective Lawmaking

Craig Volden is a professor of public policy and politics, with appointments in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics. Volden is also the Co-Director of the Center for Effective Lawmaking. He studies legislative politics and the interaction among political institutions, including within American federalism. 

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Gerald Warburg

Gerald
Warburg

Professor of Practice of Public Policy

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Gerry Warburg is a professor of practice of public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Prior to Batten, he worked with Congress for several decades, serving as a legislative assistant to members of leadership in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

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