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STANFORD -- Adrienne Jamieson, assistant director of the Institute of Government Studies at the University of California-Berkeley, assumed the directorship of the Stanford in Washington program Nov. 1.
Jamieson was appointed by John Shoven, dean of Stanford's School of Humanities and Sciences, and Ramón Saldívar, associate dean for undergraduate studies. Jamieson will report to Saldívar.
Stanford in Washington gives Stanford undergraduates an opportunity to learn about national policymaking through academic courses and internships. It is based at the Robert M. and Anne T. Bass Center, a former hotel in Woodley Park. Last year, the two Stanford juniors who were selected to receive Truman scholarships attended the center.
Jamieson will have primary responsibility for maintaining the components of the program - internships, faculty-taught seminars and tutorials.
"Adrienne will bring outstanding leadership and academic management skills to the Stanford in Washington program," Shoven said.
After returning to Stanford from a trip to Washington to help Jamieson get established, Saldívar said that “seeing her in action [gave me] an even better sense of her real strengths - both in terms of her scholarly and academic credentials, and her effective administrative skills."
Saldívar also said Jamieson "has a wonderful way with the students."
Before taking the Stanford job, Jamieson developed a proposal for a new University of California program based in Washington, D.C., but the program was not implemented because of budget problems.
Berkeley's Institute of Government Studies, which specializes in American politics, public policy and public administration, recently won an Educational Initiatives Award for integrating research and undergraduate teaching.
Jamieson is completing her doctorate in political science at Berkeley. Her dissertation topic is "The Role of the Press in the Washington Community." She earned her master's degree in public policy in 1978 from Berkeley, and her bachelor's in political science in 1976 from Wellesley.
At Berkeley, she had been assistant director of the Institute of Government Studies since 1988, and a lecturer in political science since 1991, specializing in courses for advanced undergraduates. From 1985 to 1988 she coordinated the John Gardner Fellowship Program, a joint Stanford/Berkeley public service fellowship for graduating seniors.
Jamieson has worked for, or served as a consultant to, a number of government agencies and public interest groups, including the Environmental Law Institute, the Department of Commerce and the Congressional Budget Office.
As director of Stanford in Washington, Jamieson succeeds communication Professor Elie Abel, who headed the program since 1993. The program was founded in 1988 and directed for its first five years by political science Professor David J. Danelski.
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