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    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.

    SPA Assistant Professor Bradley Hardy has been awarded a Brookings Institution economic studies fellowship for 2016/2017 academic year. Hardy said he was excited by the prospect of working with Brookings scholars to pursue such mutual research interests as poverty, social policy, economic instability, and intergenerational mobility. During his fellowship, he will briefly be on leave from his position as assistant professor of public administration and policy. “It’s an honor to be a Brookings fellow,” said Hardy. “I’m looking forward to working with such a talented group of economic scholars on issues that really matter to the American people.” Read more about Bradley Hardy »


    How Much Power Can a President Have?


    With just weeks to go until election day, how much power will our next president have the day they step into office? We’ve heard some surprising ideas, including one candidate’s threat to jail the other.  

    When it comes to presidential power, Chris Edelson, assistant professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs, has a lot to say. Edelson’s teaching and research interests focus presidential national security power under the U.S. Constitution. His new book, Power Without Constraint: The Post 9/11 Presidency and National Security, details how Presidents have abused power and pushed the boundaries of what our forefathers had in mind.

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    Crime, Policing, and Justice: 50 Years of Progress?

    Experts from academia and law enforcement gathered on campus to review findings a 1960s commission on crime, policing and justice.

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    AU School of Public Affairs in the Media

    • Anita McBride, executive in residence, spoke with The Hill on October 25 about the buzz surrounding First Lady Michelle Obama's post-White House plans.

    • James Thurber, SPA distinguished professor, appeared on Azerbaijan's official news channel during a lecture at Khazar University discussing the 2016 elections. 

    • Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke with the Financial Times on October 24 explaining 10 key questions about the U.S. election.