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.



Adela Antal, Program Coordinator

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B.S. Communications, Messiah College

Adela is a fellow American Studies Program alum from the Spring 2016 semester. After graduating from Messiah College in May 2016, she worked for The Webstaurantstore in Lancaster, PA in their customer solutions department. She recently moved back to the Washington, DC area and was working in the wedding industry before joining the BestSemester team in August 2019 as the Program Coordinator. Adela coordinates admissions and enrollment for the fall and spring semesters of prospective and incoming students. In addition, she assists with BestSemester marketing related tasks and provides academic support to the faculty and staff.