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New Research Examines the Broken Alliance of Al Qaeda and the Islamic State

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New Research Examines the Broken Alliance of Al Qaeda and the Islamic State

A new paper written by SPA Assistant Professor Tricia Bacon and coauthor Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault, an assistant professor at Georgetown University look at the way leadership styles have driven a wedge between Al Qaeda and the Islamic State.
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New Book Explores Citizen Involvement with Privatized Programs

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New Book Explores Citizen Involvement with Privatized Programs

The U.S. government contracts out an array of services to the private sector, spending nearly $500 billion a year. Just how and why citizens get involved in these programs is the focus of SPA Associate Professor Anna Amirkhanyan’s new book.
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Political scientists have long studied what influences political participation and voter turnout. American University School of Public Affairs Professor Jan Leighley wanted to find out whether activism beyond voting really affected how lawmakers act.

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Does Political Participation or Affluence Affect Policy Responsiveness?

Political scientists have long studied what influences political participation and voter turnout. American University School of Public Affairs Professor Jan Leighley wanted to find out whether activism beyond voting really affected how lawmakers act.
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Derek Hyra discusses his work researching gentrification urban development in D.C.

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Podcast Featuring SPA Faculty Highlights How Gentrification Affects Washington, D.C.

SPA Associate Professor Derek Hyra talks with the Holistic Housing Podcast about his work researching gentrification and equitable urban development in D.C.’s famous U Street/Shaw neighborhood.
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American family

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New Study Shows That Fluctuating Household Income Affects Child Health and Nutrition

Changing jobs can be rough on families with young children — especially in homes with low income and few resources. According to new research by SPA Associate Professor Taryn Morrissey, income and employment instability can be harmful to a child’s health.
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Caregiver

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Who Is Taking Care of the Caregivers?

With a Hewlett Foundation grant, Economics Professor Maria Floro leads an AU research team working to integrate caregivers into economic policymaking.
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Lack of Fairness in Receiving Public Defense Services: Study Reveals Injustice in Death Penalty Cases

Although Americans want to believe that courts are fair, particularly in capital punishment cases, a new study by American University School of Public Affairs' Professor Jon Gould shows the courts are falling short.
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student protesting

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Free Speech: How Far Can We Go?

Should university officials invite speakers with extremist views to campus? What kind of protest should be allowed? Should students who threaten speakers face consequences? This was the topic of discussion at a recent SPA event.
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Mostly white church, with white and gold altar.

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The Science of Sound

New AU professor talks music technology and recreating sounds of the past.
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Examining various management styles

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Public School Principals All Have Management Styles. Which is Best?

New research by AU School of Public Affairs’ Nathan Favero examines just what kind of public management style leads to the better outcomes.
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