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Dr. Jennifer Bachner Quoted in Baltimore Style

Today's piece in Baltimore Style Magazine, Power Pose in 2018: More Women Are Running for Office Than Ever Before, features several quotes from Dr. Jennifer Bachner, Director of the Master's in Government Analytics Program at Johns Hopkins University.  From the article:

While midterm elections usually don’t draw large turnouts, this year may be an exception. Every election has its own dynamic, says Jennifer Bachner, director of the master’s program in government analytics at Johns Hopkins University and author of “What Washington Gets Wrong.”

Some midterm elections are driven by national politics, while others are heavily influenced by local issues. This year, she says, “I anticipate the influence of national politics to be very strong, as President Trump evinces strong feelings from both Democrats and Republicans.”

Read the whole piece here.


Featured Alumni Talk -- Jon Powers (GSS '12)


On April 10, as part of a joint event between the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies and the EPC-ESP Speaker Series, Jon Powers gave a talk, "Exploring the Intersection of Energy, Innovation and Finance."  Jon is a 2012 graduate of the MA in Global Security Studies and wrote his thesis on energy security.  While serving as an U.S. Army officer in Iraq, Jon saw firsthand the vulnerability energy dependency brought to our military operations.  When he returned to the U.S., he worked as the Special Advisor on Energy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Installations, Energy & Environment.  He later brought his energy security expertise to the White House as President Obama's Federal Environment Executive.  Today, after a time as a Managing Director of Public Sector Business Development at Bloom Energy, Jon is the Co-Founder and President of CleanCapital, a pathbreaking renewable energy investment firm.  Jon gave a compelling overview of how innovation is driving renewables to not only be the cleanest and and most economical energy sources available, but in part for those very reasons are also the best bets from a finance perspective as well.   He also discussed his journey from Hopkins to his current position as a widely respected energy security expert and a leader in renewable energy finance.           
You may view his presentation as captured in the livestream of it at the DC Campus.  Please note:  Mr. Powers' talk begins at the 5:09 mark of the livestream.



Dr. Wolfson Presents Paper to Midwest Political Science Association Conference


Dorothea Wolfson, the Director of the MA in Government Program, attended the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference in Chicago this past weekend.  She chaired a panel on Addressing Critical Questions in Religious Thought and delivered a paper on "The Religious Instinct, Institutions, and Political Extremism"  Also presenting papers were Carlos Alberto Baena Lopez, who is a member of the Political Party MIRA in Columbia, South America and Michael Giles from Michigan State University.  The discussant was Professor Andrew Lewis of the University of Cincinnati.  


Alum Talk: Exploring the Intersection of Energy, Innovation and Finance

Please join us on April 10, 2018 from 5-6pm for a talk by Jon Powers, Co-Founder and President of Clean Capital; formerly President Obama's Federal Chief Sustainability Officer and 2012 Global Security Studies Graduate.  John will talk about "Exploring the Intersection of Energy, Innovation and Finance"

Please RSVP To Kathy Hill, 


AAP Public Management Students Competed in NASPAA-Batten Student Policy Simulation Competition

By Lauren Vessey and Jim Ong


Imagine this year’s flu scaled into a pandemic like that of a hundred years ago. Governments would need to safeguard their citizens through enacting swift policies with split second decisions. As students in the AAP Public Management Program, we tested our quick analysis skills by participating in the 2018 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition February 24th, where the topic was pandemic crisis management.


A total of 563 students in 117 teams competed globally at 16 sites. This daylong competition featured four computer-based simulation rounds, and two policy memo-writing rounds. The simulation rounds required teams to represent a different fictions country’s government, and then interact directly with the simulation itself and three other teams on site. Teams rapidly decided policies as new events arose and other teams implemented their own policies. Additionally, the memo rounds had teams compose policy recommendations based on previous simulation round.

Lauren Vessey’s team advanced to the semi-final round, after scoring well on all the simulation and memo rounds. The semi-final round required a short, taped policy presentation the team's decision-making process and policy recommendations.


We both found this an enriching experience that complements our Johns Hopkins degree. “This valuable real-world simulation marries classroom theory with applied decision making, both of which are prized by employers,” Lauren Vessey commented. Jim Ong added, “The NASPAA competition is a state of the art policy simulation that exposes students to real-world situations. I highly recommend it.” Students interested in next year’s competition consult the following website in the fall at: