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Research Centers

Research centers and institutes within the School of Public Affairs draw on the scholarship and expertise of SPA faculty. These centers offer scholarly collaboration and exchange in the areas of politics, campaigns, public finance, and public administration and policy, and justice. Their work is shared with the AU and Washington communities, as well as across the nation.

Center for Congressional
and Presidential Studies


Under the sponsorship of the School of Public Affairs, CCPS provides an integrated teaching, research, and study program focusing on Congress and the presidency and the interactions of these two basic American institutions.

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Women & Politics Institute

Jennifer Lawless, Director of Women and Politics Institute, American University

The mission of the Women & Politics Institute is to provide academic training to young women that encourages them to become involved in the political process and to facilitate research by faculty and students that enhances our understanding of the challenges women face in the political arena.

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Justice Programs Office


The Justice Programs Office (JPO) provides technical assistance, research, and training services to domestic and foreign government agencies and organizations. JPO projects address policy, program, resource, and operational issues relating to the administration of justice, coordination of public programs, and the delivery of justice system, social and related services.

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Washington Institute
for Public Affairs Research


The Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research serves as a bridge between the academic and policy worlds, advancing scholarly research that addresses pressing issues and concerns.

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Center for Environmental Policy


The Center for Environmental Policy aims to improve the nation's ability to address environmental challenges through effective governance.

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Political Theory Institute


The mission of the Political Theory Institute is to encourage the serious study of the great questions of political theory and to bring the insights of political theorists to bear on current issues and events.

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Metropolitan Policy Center

Metropolitan Policy Center

The Metropolitan Policy Center (MPC) was created in the Fall of 2014. It serves as the metropolitan and urban research hub on AU's campus with a mission is to create knowledge and propose solutions to our 21st century metropolitan and urban challenges.

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Middle East Studies

Veiled women walking in the street.

Middle East Studies @ AU builds ties across the different schools at American University to connect the range of programs, initiatives, and faculty on campus who conduct research and teach about Middle East issues.

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Institute for the Study
of Public Policy Implementation


The Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation is a unique forum where all stakeholders in the public policy implementation system can work together on a continuing basis to create compelling results for the public.

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