School of Public Affairs

School of Public Affairs

A Call to Service

Henry Watson says he came to American University in 2014 as a bright-eyed idealist ready to take on the world.

“I felt very inspired that one person could come to this town and reorient politics and public policy to serve people who feel a bit left behind by government,” says the 22-year old from the small town of Novelty, Ohio.
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Videos

Family separations. Deportations. ICE crackdowns. In 2018, the Trump administration unveiled a set of sweeping changes, aiming to prosecute for federal immigration crimes every migrant apprehended crossing illegally into the United States. But immigration has been a major issue among political debates for quite some time.

SPA Associate Professor Matthew Wright talks about where immigration policy stands today and how a compromise might be needed to move forward.

22 books published by SPA faculty in 2017-18

131 published academic journal articles written by SPA faculty in 2017-18

7,000 plus SPA media mentions in 2017-18

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Results of Graduation Census as of six months after graduation for May graduates from 2015—2017.

Cornel West and Robert George speaking at event

On Campus ·

Cornel West and Robert George Talk About the Purpose of a Liberal Education

Speaking at an event on campus Dec. 7 moderated by SPA Associate Professor Thomas Merrill, the two professors underscored the importance of engaging in civil dialogue and the value of a liberal education.
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Justice for All Symposium

Announcement ·

Symposium Draws Experts Aspiring to Transform the Justice System

Experts from courts, corrections, and policing — those who work in the field and those who study it — gathered at American University Dec. 12 to discuss how to best improve the justice system and accelerate change.
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Federal Employees attend workshop in Kerwin Hall

On Campus ·

American University Offers Furloughed Federal Workers a Day of Free Classes

On January 8, SPA hosted Classes Without Quizzes — a free all-day event on AU's campus that featured 15 workshops and training sessions.
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Classes Without Quizzes

We’re offering free classes on Tuesday, Jan. 8 for furloughed federal employees and contractors.

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Graduate Recruitment Events

Browse our graduate recruitment events to meet SPA on campus, on the road, or through one of our virtual sessions!

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A Closer Look

A Closer Look at SPA

Learn more about SPA accomplishments in 2017-18.

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Newsletter Dispatches

View a listing of SPA weekly/monthly newsletters.

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