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James Thurber, Senior Institute Advisor

James A. Thurber is University Distinguished Professor of Government and Founder (1979) and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies ( at American University, in Washington, D.C., which marked its 30th Anniversary in 2009. Under his direction, CCPS organizes the Campaign Management Institute, the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute, and the European Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute. He was the principal investigator of a seven year grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts to study campaign conduct and a four year study of lobbying and ethics from the Committee for Economic Development. Dr. Thurber has been on the faculty at American University since 1974 and was honored as the University Scholar/Teacher of the Year in 1996. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and has worked on four congressional reorganization efforts since 1976. He was legislative assistant to U.S. Senators Hubert H. Humphrey, William Brock, Adlai Stevenson III, and U.S. Representative David Obey. He worked with Senator Barak Obama on ethics and lobbying reforms. He was Director of the Battelle Memorial Institute’s Human Affairs Research Centers (DC).