Director, CU in D.C. Program
Professor, Political Science
Address: Fleming 307, UCB 333
Kenneth Bickers is Professor of Political Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder, having joined the faculty at CU-Boulder in 2003 after many years at Indiana University and Rice University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988. He has published articles in numerous journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Public Choice, Administration and Society, Urban Affairs Review, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. His books include Public Policy Analysis: A Political Economy Approach, with John Williams (Houghton Mifflin, 2001) and Perpetuating the Pork Barrel: Policy Subsystems and American Democracy, with Robert M. Stein (Cambridge University Press, 1995). His current research examines the politics of campaigns and elections, as well as the impact of federal spending programs on politics at the subnational level.
Program Manager, CU in D.C. Program
Address: Grandview Bldg 1, Room 2, UCB 271
Serena Leland has lived in Boulder for the past 13 years. She grew up in the New York metropolitan area, and prior to moving to Colorado, spent 7 years living, studying, and working in Washington D.C. Serena is passionate about working with students and providing them with powerful and transformational learning experiences. She believes Washington D.C. is a smart, dynamic, and interesting city, and that it is the perfect professional training ground for CU students. She enjoys providing students with the opportunity to grow personally, professionally, and academically through their participation in the CU in D.C. program.
Serena earned a master’s degree in International Development and graduated summa cum laude from American University’s School of International Service in Washington D.C. She also has a bachelor’s degree in English and a secondary education teaching certificate. Over the past 20 years, Serena’s professional life has had a strong emphasis on social justice issues and she has been involved in the field of education in numerous capacities. Some of her professional experiences include: serving as a Peace Corps volunteer teacher in Kenya; working for a scholarship program at Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education & Development; working as a Senior Research Analyst for USAID; managing a study abroad program to India; interning for the training division of a gender equity nonprofit in Washington D.C.; serving as a board member and as the Education Committee Chairperson for a Boulder refugee nonprofit; and working as a teacher and trainer in a variety of contexts.
Serena brings substantial experience and strengths to the CU in D.C. Program. She is a natural people person; is highly organized and creative; has a good sense of humor; and has a curious and analytical mind. Outside of her professional life, she enjoys the outdoors, hiking, knitting, going to flea markets, playing with the family dog, and spending time with her children.