Meet New Council Member, Colleen J. Shogan


Colleen J. Shogan, Senior Executive at Library of Congress

Colleen J. Shogan is the Deputy Director of National and International Outreach at the Library of Congress and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Government at Georgetown. At the Library, she supervises programs such as the Center for the Book, National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, the National Book Festival, the Publishing Office, the Federal Research Division, the Kluge Center for Scholars, exhibits, visitor services, and K-12 Educational Outreach.

She holds a PhD from Yale University in Political Science and a BA from Boston College. At Yale, she was a National Science Foundation graduate fellow. Her intellectual interests include American political development, the presidency, Congress, and political rhetoric. Her recent research has focused on congressional social media usage. At Georgetown, she teaches a graduate seminar on APD.

She previously served as the Deputy Director at the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and as a Senate policy staffer. She came to Capitol Hill through the Congressional Fellowship Program as the William E. Steiger Fellow. In the 112th Congress, Colleen participated in the Stennis Fellows Program.

Before working in Congress, Colleen was an Assistant Professor at George Mason University. Her first book, entitled The Moral Rhetoric of American Presidents, was published by Texas A&M University Press. She has also published articles in Perspectives on Politics, Polity, PS: Political Science and Politics, Studies in American Political Development, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Women & Politics, White House Studies, Online Information Review, and Social Movement Studies.

Colleen is a past President of the National Capitol Area Political Science Association and serves on the board of directors for the Presidency and Executive Politics research group and the advisory panel for the Beryl Radin Pracademic Fellowship. She is a member in good standing of the Cosmos Club. Colleen is also a mystery writer and has published two novels set on Capitol Hill with Camel Press.

Check out Colleen’s website, exploring her newest mystery novel, “Homoicide in the House,” and other available publications.

Statement of Views
I would be honored to serve on the APSA Council. If elected, I bring to the Council a different career path than the typical APSA member. Increasingly, political scientists are interested in exploring careers that combine or alternate work in the academy with government or private sector opportunities. I am strongly committed to supporting these types of opportunities within the discipline. I also bring a proven record in executive leadership, public administration, and strategic management to the Council, hopefully ensuring that good ideas are executed and implemented in a timely, efficient fashion.

You could contact two public affairs offices: the Library’s public affairs officer and Georgetown’s.

  • Contact the Library’s public affairs officer, Gayle Osterberg.
  • Contact Georgetown’s public affairs specialist,  John Kenchelian.
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