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Results of Graduation Census as of six months after graduation for May graduates from 2013—2015.

As a proposal coordinator for a global charity organization, Sarah Riczo empowers families struggling with hunger and poverty to change their lives. The public funding that she connects them to provides the training needed to strengthen local economies and can lift a community out of poverty.

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Joe Vidulich, SPA/BA '08, fell in love with AU from the moment he stepped on campus. "I knew it was a special place and that I would be honored to be a part of it," he says. Joe, who takes over as president of the American University Alumni Association this month, has been a significant "part of it" ever since. Read Joe's Story »


Federal Hiring Freeze Policy Explainer

President Trump issued an across-the-board employment freeze for the federal government on January 23, halting hiring for all new and existing positions, with few exceptions. Watch as the Director of SPA’s Key Leadership Program Patrick Malone, an expert on federal government issues, weighs in and talks about the freeze.

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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

Panelists from the CCPS panel on the challenges of limiting presidential power under Trump.

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Challenges of Setting Limits on Presidential Power

Under the U.S. Constitution, presidential power is limited and subject to checks and balances. However, over the years, presidents have found ways to break away from limits.

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Right to left: Neil Kerwin, Daniel J. Fiorino, Martha Joynt Kumar, Howard McCurdy, and Janice Lachance

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The First 100 Days of the Trump Administration

SPA’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies hosted an event on January 24 to review what the 100 days typically means for a new administration.

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AU School of Public Affairs in the Media

  • Jon Gould, SPA professor, wrote an op-ed for The Hill on February 17 arguing that Republican politicians should distance themselves from Trump.

  • Bradley Hardy, SPA assistant professor, wrote an op-ed appearing in Brookings on February 15 about Democratic factions in the Rust Belt.

  • Elizabeth Suhay, SPA assistant professor, authored a piece in The Conversation about the political awakening of scientists in the United States.