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Joe Young, right, presents Brian Forst with an award from his colleagues.

Achievements ·

SPA’s Brian Forst and Ruth Lane Retire After Distinguished Careers

Associate Professor Emerita Ruth Lane and Professor Brian Forst, both at SPA, will retire this summer, after distinguished careers in research and academia.
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From top left: Erin Kearns, Stephen Holt, Chris Birdsall, and Raymond Zuniga

Achievements ·

SPA PhD Programs Announce Graduate Placements

Four AU School of Public Affairs (SPA) doctoral students graduating this spring have accepted teaching positions at major universities across the country.
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Jeff Gill

On Campus ·

Jeff Gill to join SPA as a Distinguished Professor of Government

“I am pleased and honored to be returning to American University and I anticipate interesting and productive collaborations with colleagues on campus,” said Gill.
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David Barker

On Campus ·

SPA Announces New Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies

Political scientist David Barker will join the AU School of Public Affairs in August 2017 as the new director of The Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies.
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SPA student John Bevacqua presents his research at the 9th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Student Life ·

Students Present Timely Research at the SPA Undergraduate Research Symposium

More than 40 School of Public Affairs’ students presented research during the 9th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.
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Matthew Wilson giving his presentation at the NCUR.

Student Life ·

Students Present Research at National Undergraduate Conference

For the second year in a row, SPA sponsored six students to attend the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and present their research.
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Collage with diverse collection of cartoon figures and faces

On Campus ·

SPA Event Highlights the Challenges of Governing Diverse Societies

Professor Muhammad Mushtaq of the University of Gujrat visited SPA recently to meet with faculty and students to discuss this growing issue.
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The Public Purpose. Journal of American University's School of Public Affairs. Spring 2017.

Student Life ·

The Public Purpose Journal Celebrates 15 Years with Latest Edition

The Public Purpose Journal – the peer-reviewed journal of SPA graduate students – unveiled its 2017 edition.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer stands at the Arizona section of the American border with Mexico.

On Campus ·

Is it Legitimate to Enforce Borders?

SPA welcomed Michael James on campus recently for a lecture about immigration as part of its Political Theory Institute’s Spring Colloquium Lecture Series.
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Senator Kamala Harris, right, flanked by former Attorney General Eric Holder and others.

On Campus ·

Gender, Media, and Political Campaigns in a Polarized Era

For women who aspire to hold elected office, researchers have good news: You can generally expect to be treated the same as male candidates by journalists, supporters, and the public.
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