Susan Sullivan Lagon, Ph.D.



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After 21 years as a Senior Fellow with the Government Affairs Institute (GAI), Susan Sullivan Lagon took the position of Nonresident Senior Fellow with GAI in August, 2015. Before coming to GAI, she taught American Politics and Constitutional Law in the Government Department at Georgetown, and continues to teach Constitutional Law there as an adjunct. Her prior experience includes a stint as a book editor at Congressional Quarterly, where she was a frequent speaker on CQ’s “Understanding Congress” seminars. She has spoken to numerous groups including the Fulbright Scholars Program, the World Bank, various embassies, and more than 500 international visitors groups sponsored by the State Department.

Susan grew up “inside the Beltway” and holds a B.A. and M.A. in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. Her Ph.D. is from Georgetown University.

Expertise:

  • Congressional Procedure
  • State of Partisanship
  • Congressional Hearings
  • House and Senate Differences
  • Constitutional Law

 

Recent Media In The Media Center


You’ve Got Mail: Voting in a Pandemic

Susan Sullivan Lagon | June 3, 2020

The pandemic has disrupted many things, including voting, the practice of democracy itself. As state primaries go by and the country gears up for November, some states are more ready for mail-in voting than others. Meanwhile, false claims have been circulated about mail-in voting having a partisan advantage (it doesn’t) or being

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Supreme Avoidance

Susan Sullivan Lagon | July 2, 2019

Those seeking relief from partisan gerrymandering shouldn’t bother knocking at the federal courthouse anymore. By a 5:4 majority vote along ideological lines, the Supreme Court has closed that door. At issue was North Carolina’s map to perpetuate Republicans’ 10-3 advantage in congressional districts despite just 53% of the statewide vote (Rucho v. Common Cause)

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