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John Haskell

John Haskell brings three decades of leadership experience from both academia and the Library to his position as the Director of the Kluge Center. John came to Kluge from a stint as Research Director for the 809 Panel, a Congressional commission tasked with reforming the Defense acquisition system. Prior to that position, John headed the Government and Finance Research division at the Congressional Research Service from 2013-2016. Part of CRS senior leadership, John managed all aspects of the 75-person division and regularly represented the Library with Members of Congress, congressional staff, and a wide-range of external audiences. Before joining CRS, John was curriculum chair and senior fellow at the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University from 2000-2013. An alumnus of the American Political Scientist Association (APSA) Congressional Fellowship, John served as a Legislative Assistant for a Member of Congress and associate staff to the House Budget Committee. John currently teaches public policy for Claremont McKenna College and Georgetown University. He taught political science at Drake University Drake University through the 1990s, and has also taught at Davidson College and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received his Ph.D. in American Politics. John’s B.A. is in Political Science from Davidson College. He has authored three books on American political institutions: Congress in Context, Direct Democracy or Representative Government?, and Fundamentally Flawed.

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