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Professor of Practice of Public Policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia

Gerry Warburg is a professor of practice of public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Prior to Batten, he worked with Congress for several decades, serving as a legislative assistant to members of leadership in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Warburg’s professional background encompasses a broad array of public service. As an assistant to Senate Majority Whip Alan Cranston, Warburg was the lead staffer for the Senate Arms Control Group and coordinated the senator’s work for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Asia and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee and the Banking Committee’s Subcommittee on International Finance. As an aide to Representative Jonathan Bingham, Warburg was the principal House staff author and lead negotiator with the White House, State Department, National Security Council and other entities during consideration of Nuclear Nonproliferation Act of 1978. Warburg also served as a senior partner at Cassidy and Associates, a leading governmental affairs firm, where he aided a diverse group of clients, including Fortune 500 corporations, California non-profits as well as universities and hospitals.

At Batten, Warburg teaches courses on legislative strategy in the U.S. Congress, foreign policy and NGO advocacy strategies. He was the lead faculty member in the Batten School’s first massive open online course “Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century,” which drew more than 300,000 students on Coursera.

Warburg’s research interests include the study of best practices for non-governmental organizations, especially environmental groups, and the evolution of U.S. nuclear non-proliferation policies. His teaching includes stints at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School of Communication, the Brookings Institution and his alma maters of Stanford University and Hampshire College. He is the author of several books, including “Conflict and Consensus: the Struggle Between the President and Congress to Shape American Foreign Policy” and “Dispatches from the Eastern Front: A Political Education from the Nixon Years to the Age of Obama.”


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    Professor of Practice of Public Policy, University of Virginia
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.
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