Director, Teaching & Learning
Tanya Schwarz, APSA's Director of Teaching & Learning, manages APSA's programs in teaching and learning, professional development, departmental services, and civic engagement. Before joining APSA in 2018, Schwarz taught political science at Hollins University, Loyola Marymount University, and California Institute of the Arts. From 2016-2017, she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame where she completed her book on transnational peacebuilding. Schwarz has also published several journal articles focused on pedagogy, international NGOs, and interpretive methods. Schwarz received a PhD in political science from the University of California, Irvine, a BA and MA in political science from the University of California, Riverside, and an AA from Saddleback Community College. Email ››
Lulu U. Onakpoya
Program Assistant, Academic and Professional Development
Lulu assists the Academic and Professional Development team with program design and implementation. She also supports political science departments’ research into best practices for promoting civic and community engagement on campuses within the United States through APSA’s RAISE the Vote campaign. Lulu received her LLB, Law from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria and holds an LLM from Michigan State University. She is currently studying for a PhD in Political Science with concentrations in international relations and comparative politics at the University of Houston. Lulu is a published author. Her varied research interests are in the areas of trade policy and development, financial technology and conflict, and culturally-inclusive educational technology.
When she is not working or conducting research, Lulu enjoys mentoring young leaders and at-risk youth.