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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

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Public Administration Faculty and Students Collaborate to Publish New Top-Ranked Study

Two SPA faculty members and two graduate students embarked on a research project to shed light on how nursing homes serve racially and ethnically diverse residents.
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Paper Finds Nursing Home Staff Skilled in Diversity Provide Better Care

Managers who consider diversity and hire employees skilled in caring for diverse clientele have better facilities with fewer regulatory violations, according to a paper to be published in Public Administration Review by four SPA authors.
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How Freedom of Information Act Requests Are Managed

Khaldoun AbouAssi, assistant professor in the AU School of Public Affairs, co-conducted an analysis of the Freedom of Information Act that reveals trends in how public administrators are managing compliance with the federal law.
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SPA Faculty in the News

  • Professors of Public Affairs, Dave Marcotte and Jane Palmer's research on the impact Title IX investigations have on college applicants was featured on Inside Higher Ed.

  • Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, William LeoGrande, spoke to Reuters about Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel's first 100 days in office.

  • Professor of Government, James Thurber, spoke to The Wall Street Journal about the investigations regarding Michael Cohen's business dealings.