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Phone: (202) 994-6816
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About the Site

Gerry Kauvar

Lecturer in Honors

Office: 805 21st St. NW, #800
Office Phone: 202-994-0818

Gerry is a research professor of public policy and public administration and special assistant to the president emeritus. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in English literature, literary criticism, and public policy. He served for a quarter century in senior executive positions in the Department of Defense, and was the staff director for the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security. He has been a senior administrator at three universities.He received the Presidential Rank Award of meritorious executive, and several Department of Defense honors including both the DoD and Air Force medals for exceptional civil service.


Gerry has published books on the poetry of Keats, Victorian literature, and 19th Century Verse Drama. He has written a number of articles on subjects as varied as psychoanalysis and the poetry of the Romantic period,government mangement, higher education,and homeland security. His new book, co-authored with President Emeritus Trachtenberg, will be published this fall; its subject is college and university presidents who fail during the term of their first contract.

Selected Publications:

The Other Poetry of Keats; 19th Century Verse Drama; The Victorian Mind; Letters to the Next President; and the forthcoming Why They Failed.

He was the lead author of a RAND monograph entitled "Safer Skies."


BA Magna Cum Laude in English Literature, Univ. of Colorado
Masters in English Literature, University of Colorado
PhD in English Literature, Duke University