School of Public Affairs

School of Public Affairs

A Passion for Education Reform

I am passionate about educational reform and aspire to lead a large agency where I can influence educational discourse and policy. SPA’s MPA is helping me develop my leadership skills and pursue my profession of purpose.

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

Faculty

Early Childcare Policy Explainer

SPA Assistant Professor Taryn Morrissey's work centers on examining and improving public policies for vulnerable children. Ongoing research examines the social determinants of food insecurity and obesity, and the impacts of neighborhood poverty and family instability on children's development. She is one of the authors of the book, Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality.

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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

Examining various management styles

Research

Public School Principals All Have Management Styles. Which is Best?

New research by AU School of Public Affairs’ Nathan Favero examines just what kind of public management style leads to the better outcomes.

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Former EPA Director Gina McCarthy Visits the School of Public Affairs

Government & Politics

Former EPA Director Gina McCarthy Visits the School of Public Affairs

Former Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, visited with American University School of Public Affairs students, faculty, and the community to talk about environmental policy.

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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.