Lara M. Brown, Ph.D., is an associate professor and serves as the program director for the Political Management Program in The Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) at The George Washington University. Her research interests include national elections, presidential aspirants, congressional incumbents and political scandals. She proudly serves on the Board of Directors of The New Agenda, a "pro-woman" organization devoted to improving the lives of women and girls. Dr. Brown is also a regular contributor to U.S. News & World Report's "Thomas Jefferson Street" blog. Dr. Brown previously served as an assistant professor of political science at Villanova University. Prior to returning to academia, she worked as an education policy and public affairs consultant. Dr. Brown also served in President William J. Clinton's administration at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. In 2001, she earned her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.