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 Dear CPS Community, 

I would like to wish everyone in our community a fantastic Spring semester. 2023 is going to be a busy and exciting year for the College of Professional Studies! 

Warm regards,

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Liesl Riddle, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Professional Studies

George Washington University


Meet Luke Kasim, Assistant Dean for Recruitment and Admissions

Luke Kasim

With over 22 years of higher education experience, Luke specializes in student recruitment, enrollment management, partnerships, academic advising and team building, and has extensive experience with adult learners. Luke most recently served as the director of recruitment, partnerships and teacher recruitment at John Hopkins’ Center for Talented Youth. Prior to that role, he was the assistant vice president for college and university partnerships at the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC). He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Maryland and M.Ed. from the University of Virginia.

Luke joins the team on Monday, January 30. More information about him

Get Ready to Participate in Our Strategic Planning Process

Over the spring semester, the CPS community will be invited to provide input and feedback on the college’s five-year strategic plan. By articulating the college’s values, mission, vision and goals, the strategic plan will create a roadmap to guide the growth and development of the college and enhance its impact. 

CPS advisory board members, alumni, employment partners, faculty, staff and students will all have an opportunity to participate in surveys and other activities that will shape the framework of the strategic plan. Please watch your email for further information from Dean Riddle.


Pizza with the dean
Pizza with the dean

Join Our Dean and other Students, Faculty and Staff for Pizza

  • Jan. 26 | 5 PM: GW Alexandria Education Center
  • Jan. 31 | 5 PM: GW Arlington Education Center

CPS Dean Liesl Riddle and senior leaders from the college look forward to informally meeting you for pizza before evening classes begin. Location details. For more information contact cpsadmin@gwu.edu.

Feb. 8 | 6-7:30 PM: Ask Us Anything 

GW Arlington Education Center

For engaged prospective students: Come ask us anything that will help improve your student experience - from questions about registration and financial aid to professional development and job hunting. Students will also have the opportunity to network with each other. For more information contact agillespie@gwu.edu.

Feb. 17-19: GSPM Students Register to Attend the Pi Sigma Alpha Conference 

George Washington University, Washington, DC and some virtual panels

GSPM students are invited to register for the tenth annual Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Research Conference, featuring multiple days of panels and activities for students interested in political science. More info & register 


March 9: O'Dwyer Ethics in Politics Event on Representation in Congress 

Lehman Auditorium, 800 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC

April 25 | 9 AM-5:30 PM:

GW Business and Policy Forum on Attacking Cybersecurity Risks

George Washington University, Washington, DC

Join policy and industry leaders for an engaging forum on shaping the future of cybersecurity. Evening networking reception. Presented in partnership with the School of Engineering & Applied Science, School of Business & College of Professional Studies.

May 17: GSPM Toast the Network Annual Event

City View Room, 1957 E Street NW, Washington, DC 

GSPM alumni and graduating students will gather to toast the network and congratulate the 2023 graduates.

Mastering the Room, GSPM logo

Listen to the Latest "Mastering the Room" Podcast Episodes

Jan. 23: Episode #58 - Scott Suozzi, GSPM M.A. '02: Meet Mr. Suozzi, a GSPM Legislative Affairs program alumnus, who currently works as the director of military outreach at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and leads a team that works with 250+ retired 3-star and 4-star admirals and generals on the National Security Advisory Council Veterans. Mr. Suozzi is a senior executive policy advisor and provides legal counsel servicing within the areas of operations, strategic planning, policy, law and government relations. 

Feb. 6: Episode #59: Patty Bouch Readinger, GSPM M.A. ‘98: Meet Ms. Bouch Readinger, a GSPM political management alumna currently working as the director of federal affairs, Office of the Governor in the State of Michigan. A seasoned government professional with 20+ professional years in the legislative arena, Ms. Bouch Readinger focuses on policy analysis and government relations while presenting expertise in congressional policies and procedures. 


GSPM Global Residency in Mexico City

Mexico student group

Every year, faculty in the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) lead short-term study abroad courses that explore the political environment of a country outside the United States and engage with alumni in the country. This past December, GSPM students traveled to Mexico City. Visiting the pyramids at Teotihuacan was just the start of an action-packed week of sessions, which included speakers from the Senate of the Republic, the National Electoral Institute (INE), and the Electoral Tribunal; chief negotiators of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA); and representatives of the American Chamber Mexico (AmCham) and the Mexican Business Council, as well as opportunities to network with alumni. The program offered students real-world insights and practical knowledge on today’s political, economic and social frontiers.

Where are our faculty and students going next? This year, GSPM students will travel to Brazil and The Republic of Georgia. If you would like to learn more, please email Jessilyn Larsen at jlarsen9@gwu.edu.


Lisa Leibow

Lisa L. Leibow, JD, Associate Program Director, Undergraduate Paralegal Studies, Serves as Judge in National Competition

Assistant Professor Lisa Leibow, who leads the new paralegal undergraduate program at CPS, will be serving as an oral argument judge for the ABA Student Division 2022-2023 National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) National Finals during the second week in April. She will be robed and on the bench at the USDC for the District of Columbia, E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse; and has been selected as an application reviewer for Phase One of the U.S. Department of State's 2023 IDEAS grant competition, as a part of the IDEAS (Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students) Program.


GSPM Alumna Emily Berret named Executive Director to the U.S. House of Representatives Transition Team for House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

The Graduate School of Political Management in the College of Professional Studies is proud to announce that newly elected House Minority Leader, Hakeem Jeffries, (D-NY), named GSPM 2013 political management program alumna, Emily Berret, as executive director of the House Democratic Transition Team for newly elected House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY). In this role, Emily will contribute to a smooth Democratic leadership transition for the 118th Congress. Prior to her new role, Ms. Berret served as the deputy chief of staff to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Earlier, Emily worked in the White House for President Obama. CPS/GSPM wishes Emily great success in her new position.


Comments from Scott Sklar

“GWU's Sklar on Clean Energy Transition Outlook.” Scott Sklar, president of Stella Group and professorial lecturer for the Sustainable Urban Planning program at the George Washington University, discusses his views on energy transition outlook for 2023. He speaks with Haidi Stroud-Watts on 'Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia' on Jan. 16. (Source: Bloomberg)

Comments from Dr. Todd Belt

WUSA-CBS9 spoke to Todd Belt, director of the political management program in the Graduate School of Political Management, about gun control efforts in the 10 years since Sandy Hook.

WICU-NBC, Erie, Pa., spoke to Todd Belt, director of political management in the Graduate School of Political Management, about US-Africa relations.

Sinclair Broadcast Group quoted Todd Belt, professor of political management, in the article “WV Sen. Manchin unlikely to follow Sinema's exit from Democratic Party," by Cory Smith.

Sinclair Broadcast Group quoted Todd Belt, professor of political management, in the article “McCarthy, far-right members seem at impasse over speakership,’’ by Cory Smith.

Hearst TV spoke to Todd Belt, professor of political management, about the House speaker’s race.

Gray TV quoted Todd Belt, professor of political management, in the article “The January 6th riot brought change to Capitol Hill, politics,’’ by Annie Andersen.

Hearst TV spoke to Todd Belt, professor of political management.

Comments from Dr. Matt Dallek

Trump's tax returns released by House Democrats: recap (usatoday.com)

Fox News quoted comments written previously by Matthew Dallek, professor of political management, in the article “On this day in history, Jan. 4, 1965, LBJ touts utopian ‘Great Society’ in State of the Union address,’’ by Kerry J. Byrne.

Comments from Dr. Casey Burgat

MarketWatch quoted Casey Burgat, director of the legislative affairs program in the Graduate School of Political Management, in the article “Yes, George Santos Is Likely Going to Be Seated in the New Congress,’’ by Gregg Robb.

Fox News quoted Casey Burgat, associate professor of political management, in the article “Why it matters where Sinema caucuses after leaving the Democratic Party,’’ by Chad Pergram.

Los Angeles Times quoted Casey Burgat, director of the legislative affairs program in the Graduate School of Political Management, in the article “The public may not see all of the Jan. 6 committee’s work for decades — if ever,’’ by Sarah D. Wire.

Vice News quoted Casey Burgat, director of the legislative affairs program in the Graduate School of Political Management, in the article “Congress Has No Idea if George Santos Can Legally Serve in Congress,’’ by Tim Marchman.

Gray TV

The Denver Post quoted Casey Burgat, director of the legislative affairs program in the Graduate School of Political Management, in the article “Will Lauren Boebert’s opposition to Kevin McCarthy help or hurt her politically?’’ by Conrad Swanson.

Nexstar Media Group in the article “What do McCarthy’s concessions mean for the House agenda?’’ by Raquel Martin.

Spectrum News

Gray TV quoted Casey Burgat, director of the legislative affairs program in the Graduate School of Political Management in the article “Republicans flex their new House majority with new committee chairs,’’ by Jamie Bittner.

Roll Call in the article “Baby boomers loosen their grip on Congress,’’ by Paul V. Fontelo.


Spectrum News in the article “Florida lawmakers miss out on key House committee chairs,’’ by Corina Cappabianca.

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