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.


Haley Barry, Program Manager

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M.A. Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University
B.A. History, Rhodes College
Haley comes to ASP from several years working in government consulting, where she specialized in project management and training.  Before that, she worked with World Vision in capacity development.  She has been in the DC area since she attended grad school here and loves the city.  She lives in the Capitol Hill area with her husband Rick.  Haley manages the program itself and is always looking for ways to improve.  She also assists in teaching class and serves as an Internship Faculty Monitor. 



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.