Congrats to our Bryce Harlow Winners!

Congratulations to two of our students, Kirsten Hunter, MA in Government (pictured), and Arya Birdie, MA in Public Management, who are recipients of the highly competitive Bryce Harlow Foundation fellowships.

The Bryce Harlow Foundation has posted a spotlight on 2015-16 fellow Kirsten Hunter.

Since 1985, the Bryce Harlow Foundation has awarded fellowships to highly motivated, part-time graduate students to support them in their pursuit of careers in lobbying, government relations or public affairs.


Student Spotlight: Vivian Hou

Congratulations to MS in Government Analytics student Vivian Hou on her new position as a Junior Data Visualization Developer at the Urban Instiute!  Ms. Hou will be creating D3 graphics as part of Urban's Visual Communications team.  

She is very grateful for the data visualizations courses she completed as part of the GA program, as she was able to present Urban with a sophisticated portfolio of her work from these courses during the interview process.  We here at the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies are thrilled for her!


Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility Graduates

Congratulations to these executives who have just graduated from the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility, a partnership between Advanced Academic Programs at Johns Hopkins University and the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers.  This non-credit executive education program, now in its third year, attracts participants from all over the United States and even other countries.  Companies represented in the current class include Cigna, CareFirst, Capital One, Pepco, Johnson & Johnson, Aetna, IBM, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Capital One, Deloitte, Wells Fargo, Booz Allen Hamilton, CTIA Wireless, DENSO International America and the Central Bank of Nigeria,  Leading CSR practitioners, thinkers and authors serve as faculty.  The Institute is chaired by Timothy J. McClimon, President of the American Express Foundation and Vice President for CSR at the company.  More information can be found at  



Book Launch Party: The New Trail of Tears with Author Naomi Schaefer Riley

We invite you to join us for a book launch party and signing  for The New Trail of Tears with author Naomi Schaefer Riley hosted by the Independent Women's Forum.  Ms. Riley has lectured at the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies several times.

Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

Date: Tuesday, July 26
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location:  1706 New Hampshire Ave. NW Washington, DC

RSVP here.

About the book:

If you want to know why American Indians have the highest rates of poverty of any racial group, why suicide is the leading cause of death among Indian men, why native women are two and a half times more likely to be raped than the national average and why gang violence affects American Indian youth more than any other group, do not look to history. There is no doubt that white settlers devastated Indian communities in the 19th, and early 20th centuries. But it is our policies today–denying Indians ownership of their land, refusing them access to the free market and failing to provide the police and legal protections due to them as American citizens–that have turned reservations into small third-world countries in the middle of the richest and freest nation on earth.

The tragedy of our Indian policies demands reexamination immediately—not only because they make the lives of millions of American citizens harder and more dangerous—but also because they represent a microcosm of everything that has gone wrong with modern liberalism. They are the result of decades of politicians and bureaucrats showering a victimized people with money and cultural sensitivity instead of what they truly need—the education, the legal protections and the autonomy to improve their own situation.

If we are really ready to have a conversation about American Indians, it is time to stop bickering about the names of football teams and institute real reforms that will bring to an end this ongoing national shame.


Center Chair Benjamin Ginsberg receives Teaching Award

Dr. Benjamin Ginsberg, Chair of the JHU Center for Advanced Governmental Studies and the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science, is the recipient of the Johns Hopkins University 2016 George E. Owen Teaching Award.  He also received the award in 2000.  

This award was established by the 1982 Student Council to honor George E. Owen, who was dean of the Homewood Faculties. It is awarded annually by the Student Council for outstanding teaching and devotion to undergraduates. The award may be given to a faculty member in either the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences or the Whiting School of Engineering.

Congratulations to Dr. Ginsberg!