Staff

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.


Nathan R. Shrader

Nathan R. Shrader is a graduate assistant at Temple University’s Center on Regional Politics. Before coming to Temple University in 2009 as a PhD student in political science, Shrader served successively as a legislative aide and deputy communications director to Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll, legislative aide to Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter in the Virginia General Assembly, and research analyst at Abrams Learning and Information Systems under General John N. Abrams (retired). Shrader earlier served as legislative intern in Washington for United States Senator Arlen Specter and legislative intern to Pennsylvania State Representative Rod E. Wilt. He has worked as a consultant, manager, staffer, and volunteer on more than two dozen campaigns for federal, state, and local candidates of both parties. He has authored guest opinion articles on political and policy issues for the Philadelphia Daily News, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the McKeesport Daily News. Shrader holds a bachelor’s degree from Thiel College and a master’s degree from Suffolk University, both in political science.


Langston Swygert-Huzzy

Langston photo Langston Swygert-Huzzy joined the Center on Regional Politics and the Institute for Public Affairs as senior administrative specialist in March 2012. Prior to joining the staff of the institute, he served as financial coordinator for the School of Social Work with general fiscal administrative responsibility. In his current role, he is charged with providing executive support to the institute’s director and administrative support to the staff members of the Center for Regional Politics, the Pennsylvania Policy Database Project, and the Pennsylvania Capital Semester Program. Mr. Swygert-Huzzy earned his bachelor’s degree from Cairn University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in education with an emphasis on adult and organizational development here at Temple University.

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