Dr. Shelley Tomkin

Professor Emerita of Political Science

Phone: 202-884-


  • B.A., Government, American University
  • Ph.D., Political Science, George Washington University


  • U.S. Presidency
  • Parties Camapaigns and Elections


  • Ward 3 Representative to the D.C. Democratic State Committee Chairman, Ward 3 Democratic Committee

Select Works Published

  • Contributing Author to the Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency
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  • Author of Inside OMB: Politics and Process in the President's Budget Office
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I believe effective teaching is rooted in striving to communicate an enthusiasm for the material taught while relating to the individual
needs, learning styles, interests, and aspirations of the students in each and every class. Many strategies may be employed to achieve these goals. Small group discussion and simulations involve the students in participating in their own educational exploration.
Use of Washington D.C. as a learning laboratory through participation units, internships, and field trips are particularly useful in the political science discipline. Interactive games, study guides, and use of concrete examples to illustrate theoretical principles can make the material more accessible to students as well as the use of traditional lecture formats. Finally, it is important to utilize positive energy (and humor where appropiate) to make learning fun!