Upcoming Courses


Congressional Update

The Congressional Update is a one-day course offered on Capitol Hill between sessions of...

January 24, 2018

Congressional Operations Seminar

This core course provides a comprehensive look at congressional processes and organization, and at...

February 5-8, 2018

Navy Capitol Hill Workshop

The purpose of the Navy Capitol Hill Workshop is to provide a first-hand understanding...

February 12 - 15, 2018


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Latest Updates


Senior Fellow Mark Harkins in the News

GAI | November 18, 2017

In light of the just passed tax bill in the House, Senior Fellow Mark Harkins...

GAI Director co-authored an opinion piece for Washington Post

GAI | November 14, 2017

GAI Director Kristin Nicholson and Travis Moore, former legislative director for Congressman Henry Waxman, co-wrote...

GAI Director Nicholson on Sexual Harassment on Capitol Hill

Kristin Nicholson | November 6, 2017

Since the New York Times and New Yorker dropped their bombshell reporting on...


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Faculty Highlights


  • Director

    Kristin Nicholson, J.D.

      Kristin Nicholson became the Director of the Government Affairs Institute in February 2017. Prior to joining GAI, she spent two decades on Capitol Hill, where she served for sixteen years as Chief of Staff to Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Committees on Armed Services and Homeland Security.

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  • Assistant Director

    Worth H. Hester, M.P.A.

    Worth H. Hester, M.P.A., joined the faculty of GAI in 1988 as a Presidential Management Fellow and took the job of Assistant Director in 1999. During seven years of government service, he served as an Employee Development Specialist, Program Analyst, and Legislative Analyst for a Member of Congress.

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  • Senior Fellow

    Mark B. Harkins

    Mark B. Harkins joined the Government Affairs Institute as a Senior Fellow in July 2013 after having been a guest lecturer numerous times back to 2005. Prior to joining GAI, Mark was a government relations professional for more than five years where he focused on the representation of corporate, nonprofit and government clients before Congress and the Executive Branch.

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  • Senior Fellow

    Joshua C. Huder, Ph.D.

    Joshua C. Huder, Ph.D., joined the Government Affairs Institute as a Senior Fellow in 2013. He has taught courses on American government, advanced legislative process, and other American politics courses. He has provided political analysis to several news outlets, including the Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, Newsweek, Bloomberg News, CNN, the Washington Examiner, U.S. News, Al-Jazeera, Yahoo News, and is a regular contributor for the Christian Science Monitor.

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  • Senior Fellow

    Laura Blessing, Ph.D.

    Laura Blessing, Ph.D. joined the Government Affairs Institute as a Senior Fellow in 2015. Prior to coming to GAI, she earned her PhD from the University of Virginia, where she was also a Miller Center National Fellow and a fellow for the Bankard Fund for Political Economy. Her dissertation covers the politics and development of tax policy; her interests include policy, institutions, and political parties.

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  • Senior Fellow

    Matt Glassman, PH.D.

    Matt Glassman, Ph.D., joined the Government Affairs Institute as a Senior Fellow in 2017. He has taught courses on and off the Hill on American government, congressional process, congressional-presidential, and congressional leadership. Prior to joining GAI, Matt worked on the Hill at the Congressional Research Service (CRS) for ten years.

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