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Results of Graduation Census as of six months after graduation for May graduates from 2014—2016.

Faculty

Race, Class, and Politics in "The Cappuccino City"

The phrase “cappuccino city” refers to previously low-income, minority neighborhoods that are experiencing major demographic shifts caused by the influx of mid-to-upper income, white millennials. It’s happening in the Bronx in New York City, in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, and in the Shaw area of Washington, D.C. Shaw is the neighborhood at the center of SPA Associate Professor Derek Hyra’s new book, Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City.

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17 books published by SPA faculty in 2015-16

100 published academic journal articles written by SPA faculty in 2015-16

5,000 plus SPA media mentions in 2015-16

AU School of Public Affairs has been chosen to host the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, a quarterly, peer-reviewed research journal produced by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.

Research

American University's School of Public Affairs to Host Journal of Policy Analysis and Management

AU School of Public Affairs has been chosen to host the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, a quarterly, peer-reviewed research journal produced by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.

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President Trump's relationship with Congress during his first year was the focus of a recent panel discussion hosted by SPA’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies.

Government & Politics

President Trump’s Relationship with Congress in the First Year

Just how is President Trump getting along with Congress during his first year in office? This was the focus of a recent panel discussion hosted by SPA’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies.

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Trump is (Un)Doing More Than You Think

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AU School of Public Affairs in the Media

  • Kimberly Cowell-Meyers, SPA assistant professor, wrote in a Washington Post op-ed that the U.K. election may have a destabilizing effect on Northern Ireland.

  • Chris Edelson, SPA assistant professor, appeared on VOA News to discuss former FBI Director James Comey's Capitol Hill testimony.

  • Paul Bledsoe, adjunct professorial lecturer in SPA's Center for Environmental Policy, spoke to The Economist about the United States' exit from the Paris Climate Agreement.