WASHINGTON (Aug. 23, 2018)—The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) named former U.S. Representative Dan Maffei, D-N.Y., as a professor of practice for the 2018-2019 academic year, starting this fall semester. Mr. Maffei will teach three courses (one each term), advise students, perform research and serve an expert media analyst, event moderator and panel speaker for select school-wide activities.
“With experience as a Senate-confirmed member of an independent regulatory commission, member of Congress from a swing district, and staffer on both the House and Senate sides of Capitol Hill, Dan understands what it takes to be successful in today’s political world,” GSPM Director Lara Brown said.
Mr. Maffei served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the 25th congressional district of New York from 2009-2011 and the 24th district of New York from 2013-2015. Following his second term in Congress, Mr. Maffei was appointed to the Federal Maritime Commission by President Barack Obama and served as a commissioner from 2016 through 2018.
“My interest in the GSPM goes back to my first term in Congress when one of my smartest staffers was also a GSPM student. Now, I am thrilled to be a professor of practice at such a high-quality graduate school dedicated to teaching and researching the complex issues involved within our real-world political system,” Mr. Maffei said. “What makes GSPM so special is that it doesn’t just convey to its students a capacity to formulate theoretically sound laws and policies, but it gives them the wherewithal to get laws and policies enacted in the real world where politics actually matter.”
Mr. Maffei has served an adjunct professor at GSPM since 2016, teaching the “Running for Office” course among others.
Mr. Maffei graduated from Brown University in 1990. He earned an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University’s School of Journalism in 1991 and an M.P.P from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1995.