Joseph P. McLaughlin, Jr., PhD
Joseph P. McLaughlin, Jr., PhD is director of Temple University’s Center on Regional Politics. Before joining Temple in 2004, he was senior advisor to Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell. McLaughlin served as an advisor and spokesman for the National Governors Association (1978-82), the Pennsylvania House Democratic caucus (1974-78), and Philadelphia Mayor William J. Green III (1982-83). From 1983 to 2002, he represented the City of Philadelphia, SEPTA, and other public and private sector clients on major issues affecting Southeastern Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and Harrisburg. From 1968 to 1971, he covered state and local government for the Chicago Tribune. McLaughlin also directs Temple’s Institute for Public Affairs, which sponsors and produces policy-related research produced by Temple faculty and students. He is assistant dean for external affairs of the College of Liberal Arts and teaches American politics in the political science department. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English literature from Middlebury (VT) College and master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from Temple University.
Kelly D. Colvin
Kelly D. Colvin is the associate director of Temple University’s Center on Regional Politics. Prior to joining Temple in 2011, Colvin served successively as special events coordinator (2000-2002) and district director (2002-2007) for Congressman Curt Weldon, regional representative in five states for US Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling (2007-2009), and director of federal and state government relations for The School District of Philadelphia (2009-2011). She also was a district representative for US Senator Rick Santorum and an intern for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge in both Harrisburg and Philadelphia. Colvin earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Franklin and Marshall College and a master’s degree in governmental administration from the Fels Center of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was the recipient of the Fels Institute Excellence in Leadership award.
Michelle J. Atherton
Michelle J. Atherton is publications editor and senior policy writer and researcher for Temple University’s Center on Regional Politics. She is also associate director of the Institute for Public Affairs, staff advisor for the Pennsylvania Policy Database Project, and director of the Pennsylvania Capital Semester, an internship program in Harrisburg for students at Temple and all Pennsylvania colleges and universities. Atherton graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a dual B.A. in English literature and philosophy of science. She holds a master’s degree in political science from Temple, where she was a University Fellow. She also served as a legislative intern to Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, and taught American politics, the politics of race and political philosophy as a teaching assistant and adjunct instructor before joining the Institute for Public Affairs in 2008.
Elaine N. Spencer
Elaine N. Spencer is assistant director of finance and administration for the Institute for Public Affairs and the College of Liberal Arts. She is responsible for all budget and administrative activities at the Center, including: fiscal planning and monitoring all budgets, operating and grants/contracts, overseeing department payroll, accounts payable, and purchasing processes. She has been at Temple since 2001. She is fluent in English, Russian, and Ukrainian. She has a master’s degree in chemistry from Crimea and an MBA from the Fox School of Business at Temple.
Meghan E. Rubado
Meghan E. Rubado is a graduate assistant at Temple University’s Center on Regional Politics. Before coming to Temple in 2010 as a doctoral student in the Political Science Department, Rubado worked as a reporter for The Post-Standard in Syracuse, New York, covering city and county politics, as well as the Syracuse City School District and a schools reconstruction project. Rubado holds a master’s degree in political science from Temple University, where she received a Future Faculty Fellowship. She has taught undergraduate classes at Temple in state and local politics and introductory statistics. She graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and international relations. Her dissertation project investigates the spread of intermunicipal cooperation among local governments in the United States.
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