Founder and Former Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies
James A. Thurber is University Distinguished Professor of Government and Founder (1979) and Founder and Former Director (1979-2016) of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and Affiliate Distinguished Profess of Public Administration and Policy at American University, Washington, DC.
Thurber was legislative assistant to U.S. Senators Hubert H. Humphrey, Bill Brock, Adlai Stevenson III, and U.S. Representative David Obey.
He worked with Senator Barack Obama on ethics and lobbying reforms.
He is author of numerous books and more than eighty articles and chapters on Congress, interest groups and lobbying, and campaigns and elections.
Dr. Thurber earned a Bachelor of Science in political science from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University and was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow.
He has worked on four reorganization efforts for committees in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate from 1976 to present. He was Director of the Washington, DC based Human Affairs Research Centers of the Battelle Memorial Institute and served as acting Dean of the School of Government and Public Administration at American University.