Political Science Awardees

The Department of Political Science recognized the following six alumni at the Political Science 100th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Presentation on September 28, 2013 during Alumni Weekend 2013.

Zsuzsa Csergő, ESIA MA ’92, CCAS PhD ’00, graduated from GW with a Master of Arts degree in Russian and East European Studies, as well as a PhD in Political Science. Csergő has held a number of academic positions throughout her career. She was Assistant Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of the Women’s Leadership Program in U.S. and International Politics at GW.

She has received a number of awards and fellowships, including the Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and the 2005 Sherman Emerging Scholar Award from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She currently serves as Associate Professor and Graduate Chair in the Political Studies Department at Queen’s University in Canada. She is also president of the Association for the Study of Nationalities.


Hon. Andrew l. Dixon, III, CCAS BA ’92, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from GW and a Juris Doctor from the St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, FL. Dixon has served as an Assistant State Attorney with the Office of the State’s Attorney, Broward County, Florida and as an Attorney-Advisor with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals in Miami.

In 2010, Dixon was appointed to his current position as an Administrative Law Judge with the Social Security Administration in the Tallahassee Hearing Office where he is responsible for hundreds of Social Security disability cases. In 2012, he served as Acting Hearing Office Chief Administrative Law Judge managing an office of 30 employees. Dixon currently serves as President-Elect of the Tallahassee Barristers Association. He remains an active alumnus of GW including serving as a Member-at-Large on the GW Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2008.


Hon. Joseph P. Farina, CCAS BA ‘67, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from GW as well as a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. His career started in general civil practice, where his advocacy on behalf of clients garnered him a reputation that resulted in his election as Mayor of Miami Shores, FL. He became a judge in 1979 and served until 2012, where he supervised 123 judges, 15 magistrates, 20 hearing officers, and more than 500 employees in 10 locations.

Farina was elected President of the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts, where he served as national spokesperson for improvements. He sought to modernize U.S. court systems working on behalf of the National Center for State Courts. In conjunction with the People to People Jurist initiative, Farina benchmarked, counseled, and consulted with fellow judges in Japan, South Korea, and China. Former Chief Judge Farina remains active as an Alternative Dispute Resolution mediator and arbitrator with JAMS and continues to mentor students.


Julie Silverbrook, CCAS BA ’09, graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from GW with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She received the CCAS Distinguished Scholar Award, as well as the John C. Morgan Prize from the Department of Political Science.

Silverbrook earned her Juris Doctor from the William & Mary Law School. She received the National Association of Women Lawyers Award and the Thurgood Marshall Award. She served as Senior Articles Editor on the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal. And, she created an award winning constitutional literacy program called Constitutional Conversations in collaboration with the William & Mary Law’s Institute of Bill of Rights Law, Williamsburg Regional Library system and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Silverbrook currently serves as Executive Director of The Constitutional Sources Project, a nonprofit based in Washington, DC. She serves as an advisor and consultant to a number of other not-for-profit organizations, and mentors students and recent graduates from both GW and William & Mary.


Bryan Tramont, CCAS BA ’89, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from GW where he graduated summa cum laude, as well as a Juris Doctor from Yale University. Tramont has served as Senior Legal Advisor to Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy and, before that, to Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth. He also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Duane Benton on the Supreme Court for his home state of Missouri. 

Currently, Tramont is the managing partner at Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer, LLP where he offers strategic counsel to Fortune 100 companies and trade associations, as well as small and mid-sized telecommunications and media companies, on all aspects of communications law and regulation.  Tramont currently serves on the Commercial Spectrum Management Advisory Committee advising the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information at NTIA. As an active alumnus, Tramont serves on the National Council for Arts and Sciences for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

Senator Mark Warner, CCAS BA ’77, HON ‘03, graduated from GW with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and received an Honorary Doctorate in 2003. From 2002 to 2006, Senator Warner served as Governor of Virginia, where he worked in a bipartisan way to turn record budget deficits into a surplus and recruit 135,000 jobs to Virginia, during which time Virginia was consistently recognized as the nation’s “bestmanaged state” and “best state for business.”

Most recently, Senator Warner has established himself as a national leader after four years in the Senate in efforts to find bipartisan consensus both to make government more efficient and to create balanced solutions to reduce the federal deficit. Before entering public office, Senator Warner was an early investor in the cellular telephone business. He co-founded the company that became Nextel, and ultimately made early investments in hundreds of start-up technology companies that have created tens-of-thousands of private sector jobs.