Upcoming Courses


Advanced Legislative Process

(2 Days) This course is designed to assist participants in identifying,...

March 20 - 21, 2019

Congressional Briefing for the Forest Service

(4 days) The purpose of this course is to provide a...

March 25 - 28, 2019

Congress and Intelligence Policy

Through much of our country’s history, Congress was largely deferential to...

March 27, 2019


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Nomination politics and disjunctive presidents with Julia Azari

Josh Huder | March 15, 2019

Mattt and Laura are joined by special guest Julia Azari, professor at...

Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | March 8, 2019

Dear Friends: As winter ends, a new era of oversight has begun...

Congressional Oversight in the 116th

Laura Blessing | March 8, 2019

Congressional oversight in the 116th Congress has gotten off to a roaring start. ...


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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 course of the eleven years 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

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