Faculty & Staff
Peter Baker, Director
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Ph.D. Political Science, University of Notre Dame
M.A. Political Science, University of Notre Dame
B.A. Political Science, Olivet Nazarene University
Dr. Baker has been part of the American Studies Program leadership since 2008 and has served as the program director since 2009. Prior to this, he worked and researched in South Africa, Ukraine, and Michigan. He earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Notre Dame, specializing in comparative politics and international relations. Peter and his wife, Lisa-Jo, are both ASP alumni and live in Hanover, Maryland with their three children. Peter supervises the ASP staff, the overall academic and extracurricular programming, and leads the Public Policy study track.
Jessica Martin, Residence Director & Internship Coordinator
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M.A. Higher Education and Student Development, Taylor University
B.S. Medicinal and Biological Chemistry, Palm Beach Atlantic University
Jessica joined the ASP team in 2018. Before moving to DC, she worked for the Master of Arts in Higher Education program at Taylor University where she also earned a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Development. Jessica is in charge of student life at ASP; she also assists with teaching and serves as the Internship Coordinator and an Internship Faculty Monitor. In addition, she is the facilities manager for the CCCU, overseeing the maintenance and upkeep of its two DC properties. Jessica lives onsite at the Dellenback Center and enjoys being an active participant in the Dellenback community.
Hannah Wasco, Program Administrator & Internship Coordinator
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B.A. Political Science and History, Trinity Christian College
Hannah worked as an admissions coordinator for BestSemester’s international programs before transitioning to the ASP team in 2016. She attended the American Studies Program in 2014 while a student at Trinity Christian College. As Program Administrator & Internship Coordinator, Hannah advises students and answers any questions they may have about the program; she especially enjoys doing this in person when she visits campuses. After their acceptance, she then assists the students with their internship searches. Hannah lives in Georgetown where you can often find her paddling on the Potomac River.