Andrea Mayer, PhD

Director of Illinois in Washington

Andrea Mayer is the Director of Illinois in Washington, and also teaches political science courses for the program.  Previously, she served as a Lecturer and Academic Director for several programs at Georgetown University, and taught political science courses at a number of other universities.  Before joining academia, she served as a trial attorney for the federal government for nine years, where she specialized in litigation related to civil rights, government programs, and fraud.  She represented the federal government in numerous capacities, including Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, receivership counsel, and agency counsel.​  She has also served on the legal staff of the U.S. Bankruptcy Review Commission and the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Andrea received her J.D. from George Washington University completed her Ph.D. coursework ​at Georgetown University and Harvard University.  Her research and teaching interests center on American politics, political behavior, and social change.


Betsy Rajala

Graduate Assistant

Betsy Rajala is a graduate student in the Department of Political Science who oversees many of the on-campus recruitment activities and administrative support for Illinois in Washington. Her office is located in David Kinley Hall, Room 422, and she is able to answer any question about the program. Please email to make an appointment.


Emery Lee


Emery G. Lee III teaches Illinois in Washington’s Principles of Public Policy.  Mr. Lee is a senior research associate at the Federal Judicial Center (FJC), the federal courts’ education and research agency. He joined the FJC in 2006, after a year at the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Since 2010, Mr. Lee has served as the FJC liaison to the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, in which capacity he has conducted research on discovery, scheduling, and class actions. He holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt (Political Science, 1996) and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve (2001). In 2001-02, he served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Karen Nelson Moore, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Mr. Lee has published in scholarly journals on every level of the federal courts (Supreme Court, courts of appeals, and district courts) as well as on a number of other topics, including the Federalist Papers.