Colleen J Shogan


Adjunct Assistant Professor
Deputy Director, Congressional Research Service


Department of Government
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Colleen Shogan is the Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and an Adjunct Professor of Government at Georgetown. Prior to joining CRS, Colleen served as a policy staffer in the Senate, in which she handled matters on appropriations, transportation, small business, and science & technology. She previously served as a defense policy specialist as part of the 2005-06 American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship program as the William E. Steiger fellow. Prior to joining the Senate, Colleen was Assistant Professor of Government and Politics at George Mason University. She joined the George Mason faculty in 2002, after completing her PhD in Political Science at Yale University. At Yale, she was a Graduate Fellow with the National Science Foundation. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College in 1997, where she graduated summa cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Nu, and the Order of Cross and Crown. Her first book, entitled The Moral Rhetoric of American Presidents, was published in September 2006 by Texas A&M University Press. She has also published research articles in Perspectives on Politics, Polity, PS, Studies in American Political Development, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Women & Politics, White House Studies, and Social Movement Studies, as well as short essays in Roll Call and the Washington Post. She was a Stennis Congressional Fellow for the 112th Congress. Colleen previously served as the President of the National Capitol Area Political Science Association (NCAPSA). She serves on the board of directors for the Presidency and Executive Politics research group at APSA, and is a member of the APSA Centennial Center Advisory Board. Colleen is also a mystery writer and published her first novel in 2015 with Camel Press. At Georgetown, she teaches a graduate seminar on American Political Development.


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  • Phd. (2002) Yale University, Political Science
  • BA (1997) Boston College, Political Science