October Program Meeting

Current Issues Facing the US Judiciary Branch - October 21st

AAUPW will be progressing with Zoom meetings until further notice. The link for the meeting will be published shortly before the meeting on the members only area of our website. If you wish to attend as a guest, please contact Claudia Ziersch directly. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m.


Our speaker is Mr. Jonah M. Otto, MPA, a research and teaching fellow at the Universität Augsburg and a junior research fellow in the Institute for Development Strategies at Indiana University.

Topic: "Current Issues Facing the US Judiciary Branch"
-As matters within the US courts become increasingly politicized, practical concerns over their basic operation and mission are called into question. Lying at the intersection of politics and policy, the judicial branch of government in America is under intense scrutiny. This talk seeks to explore these issues and their implications for the future of the justice system in the US.

Jonah Otto serves as a research and teaching fellow at Universität Augsburg, as well as a junior research fellow in the Institute for Development Strategies at Indiana University. Jonah earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Indiana (USA), focusing on International Political Science and European History. During this time he completed study programs in both the United Kingdom and Ghana while also completing work placements at the United States Census Bureau and the law office of Rudolph, Fine, Porter & Johnson LLP. After finishing his undergraduate studies he accepted a fellowship with the U.S. Department of State in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he performed political and media analysis of the Scottish independence referendum for the U.S. Embassy in London. He then went on to complete a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) degree from Indiana University (USA), where he focused on Public Management, Non-Governmental Organization Management, International Education, and Economic Development. During the course of his graduate studies he completed a work placement for CCS Nonprofit Consultants on a UNICEF global health initiative and also for Radius Indiana Economic Development Corporation as a project manager for a regional branding and marketing campaign for an 11 county area. After completing his graduate degree, he gained further professional experience as the Assistant Director of International Programs at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. In this role he managed the international relations and partnerships of the school, supervised the school’s international scholar program, and developed and evaluated international programming for faculty members and students. In addition to his administrative duties he also performed economic development research, instructed undergraduate courses on international economic development and cultural immersion, and presented at international education professional conferences and workshops in the US and abroad. He has been with Universität Augsburg since 2018.