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Race, Class, and Politics in "The Cappuccino City"

The phrase “cappuccino city” refers to previously low-income, minority neighborhoods that are experiencing major demographic shifts caused by the influx of mid-to-upper income, white millennials. It’s happening in the Bronx in New York City, in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, and in the Shaw area of Washington, D.C. Shaw is the neighborhood at the center of SPA Associate Professor Derek Hyra’s new book, Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City.

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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

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Bianca Pergher

Research ·

SPA Student Presents Arab Spring Research at National Conference

SPA student Bianca Pergher (SPA/BA '20) presented her research recently during a poster session at the Midwest Political Science Association conference.
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panelists at Northern Ireland Peace Agreement event

Government & Politics ·

Brexit the Next Hurdle for Northern Ireland After 20 Years of Peace

Diplomats, politicians, academics, and students recently gathered at SPA for a series of panel discussions on the 20th anniversary of the Northern Ireland Peace Agreement.
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Downstairs at the White House book cover

Alumni ·

Alumnus Publishes Memoir About His Teen Years Working at the White House

Don Stinson (SPA/BA ’77) worked as a White House messenger when he was a freshman at SPA. His new book, “Downstairs at the White House,” details his experience with politicians at the highest levels — all while studying political science at SPA.
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SPA Faculty in the News

  • SPA Executive in Residence Anita McBride authored a story for Fox News about the life of former First Lady Barbara Bush, after news of Bush's death on April 17.

  • SPA Professor Barbara Romzek coauthored a story for The Conversation about the risks of using social media for data collection.

  • SPA Assistant Professor Chris Edelson was interviewed by Voice of America for a story about whether President Trump has authority to fire Special Counsel Mueller.