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Legislative Operations Training Webinar for Congressional Staff

The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) and the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University (GAI)...

Day 1-October 9/ Day 2-October 16, 2020 ***Online Instruction***

Advanced Legislative Process

This course is designed to assist participants in identifying, analyzing, and following legislation at the...

October 26 - 27, 2020***Online Instruction***

Executive – Legislative Branch Relations

(2 days) Executive – Legislative Branch Relations is designed for anyone who has a...

November 9- 10, 2020 ***Online Instruction***


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Josh Huder | September 17, 2020

Reports emerged yesterday of a plan among House Freedom Caucus (HFC) members to oust Speaker Pelosi...

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Kristin Nicholson | September 8, 2020

Dear Friends, How did that happen? It’s suddenly September, and summer is receding into the...

Social Movements and Policy Change

Laura Blessing | September 8, 2020

How should we understand the fire this time?  In the wake of the police murder...


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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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  • Fellow

    Katina Slavkova

      Katina joined the Government Affairs Institute in February 2008 as Educational Programs Coordinator. Over the time that she has been with GAI, Katina has taken on many different responsibilities by advancing to her current roles as the Director of the Certificate in Legislative Studies program and a Fellow position that is part

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