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Vicky Wilkins


American University Names Vicky Wilkins as New Dean for School of Public Affairs

American University announced today the selection of Vicky Wilkins, Ph.D., as the next dean of the AU School of Public Affairs.

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"Throughout my studies, I have been able to explore my interest in studying political violence-specifically, what makes people restrain from political violence, and how these outcomes shape political behavior in the years to come."
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"After being in this program, I've learned to look at numbers with a new appreciation. I believe numbers hold power. Now I see how data analysis cuts straight to the core message and efficacy of a policy."
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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

Predictions for 2018
Alumni from American University School of Public Affairs Share Their Predictions

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Predictions for 2018

A new year is upon us. It’s time to look ahead to what’s in store for 2018. Every year, we ask SPA faculty their predictions for the coming year. Whatever the prediction, we wish you a happy and successful new year ahead.

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New Book Explores Citizen Involvement with Privatized Programs

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New Book Explores Citizen Involvement with Privatized Programs

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AU School of Public Affairs in the Media

  • Jennifer Lawless, SPA Women & Politics Institute director, spoke to SFGate on new political accountability following the #MeToo movement.

  • Capri Cafaro, Executive in Residence at SPA, wrote in The Conversation about the GOP tax plan, state and local tax deductions - and you.

  • David Barker, SPA professor of Government, explains in The Conversation why it may not matter much to Republicans that their tax plan is unpopular.