Andrea Mayer, PhD, JD
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.

Yea Jin Rha
Graduate Assistant

Yea Jin Rha is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science who oversees many of the on-campus recruitment activities and administrative support for Illinois in Washington. Jin is currently taking both in-person and virtual appointments. To make an appointment with her in either format, please visit the Atlas advising page during the Spring and Fall Semester. Otherwise, please contact through her email (



Board of Advisors

Advisory Board Chair

  • Brian Looser

Advisory Board Members

  • Jon Abdnor
  • Fil Agusti
  • Sam Boxerman
  • Joseph Clayton
  • Dakota Jackson
  • David Kunx
  • Christine McDaniel
  • Elizabeth Milnarik
  • A. Mark Neuman
  • Maria Otoo
  • Jonathan Parker
  • Douglas Pool
  • Jerry Role
  • Scott Shearer
  • Chip Walgren

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