Upcoming Courses


Navy Capitol Hill Workshop

(4 days) The purpose of the Navy Capitol Hill Workshop is to provide a...

November 17 - 20, 2014 ***WAIT LIST ONLY***

The New Congress

The New Congress is a one-day course offered on Capitol Hill following the biennial...

December 16, 2014

Congressional Operations Seminar

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

February 2 - 5, 2015


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Several Senate Democrats are running their campaigns as far away from the President as possible. Democrats are...

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Faculty Highlights


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    Director

    Kenneth A. Gold, Ph.D.

    Kenneth A. Gold, Ph.D. joined the Government Affairs Institute at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in 1989 and became Director of the Institute in 1992. Before joining GAI, Dr. Gold taught at the American University in Washington, DC in the University’s School of International Service and with the School of Government and Public Affairs.

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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 & Curriculum Chair

    Marian Currinder, Ph.D.

    Marian Currinder, Ph.D. joined GAI as a Senior Fellow in 2006. Previously she was an assistant professor of American Politics at the College of Charleston. Dr. Currinder was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in 2003-04. Prior to receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Currinder worked in DC as a legislative analyst and research associate.

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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, Bloomberg News, CNN, the Washington Examiner, Al-Jazeera, Yahoo News, and is a regular contributor for the Christian Science Monitor’s DC Decoder blog.

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    Senior Fellow

    Susan Sullivan Lagon, Ph.D.

    Susan Sullivan Lagon has been a Senior Fellow at the Government Affairs Institute since 1997. Before coming to GAI, she taught American Politics and Constitutional Law in the Government Department at Georgetown for five years, and continues to teach Constitutional Law there as an adjunct. Her prior experience includes teaching high school and a stint as editor at Congressional Quarterly Press.

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