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Six months after graduation,

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

Upon coming to AU, I knew I wanted to study the intersection of policy and law.

Lexi Ivers SPA/BA’18, is using her personal experience and current coursework to prepare her for a career fighting for foster children in the U.S. Ivers was just 16 when she began working with at-risk youth in the foster care system of Philadelphia. She knew at that time she wanted to gain a deeper understanding of the system, and she dreamed of changing it. Read Lexi's Story »

Showing my students how to learn from research has been an important tool.

American University School of Public Affairs Assistant Professor Tricia Bacon has been recognized by AU for her excellence in teaching and research as part of the annual University-wide teaching and research awards.

“Research helps illustrate many of the points I make in my classes and it serves as a way to connect theory and impact," said Bacon. Continue reading »


Politics of Science

In an era of political polarization, science is sometimes used as a rhetorical weapon. Research findings for a wide variety of issues – ranging from the economy to climate change, poverty to immunizations – have become political talking points. Watch as SPA Assistant Professor Liz Suhay, an expert in political bias, talks about the politics of science.

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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

SPA Professor Jon Gould accepts the Administration of Justice Award.


SPA Professor Receives Prestigious Judicial Award

SPA Professor Jon Gould was recently awarded the Administration of Justice Award from the U.S. Supreme Court Fellows Association for his contributions to the Obama Administration.

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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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William K. Reilly Awards Ceremony & Lecture


AU School of Public Affairs in the Media

  • Capri Cafaro, SPA executive in residence, wrote an op-ed for the Washington Examiner about the CBO's report on the American Health Care Act.

  • Chris Edelson, SPA assistant professor, co-wrote an article for MarketWatch predicting the political effects of a market downturn.

  • Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke with the New York Times about the dearth of women in state politics.