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Numbers Hold Power

"After being in this program, I've learned to look at numbers with a new appreciation. I believe numbers hold power. Now I see how data analysis cuts straight to the core message and efficacy of a policy."
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Politics of Science

In an era of political polarization, science is sometimes used as a rhetorical weapon. Research findings for a wide variety of issues – ranging from the economy to climate change, poverty to immunizations – have become political talking points. Watch as SPA Assistant Professor Liz Suhay, an expert in political bias, talks about the politics of science.

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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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Aaron Torop, SPA/BA ’18, presenting research

Research ·

SPA Sponsors Six Undergraduate Students to Present Research at National Conference

For the third year in a row, SPA sponsored six students to attend the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
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AU President Sylvia Burwell with Shyheim Snead

Achievements ·

SPA Students Recognized with 2018 American University Awards

SPA students were among those recently honored with University Awards for their exceptional work and accomplishments.
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Elizabeth Suhay

Research ·

SPA Faculty Member Wins National Award for Research Examining Views on Inequality

A paper published by Assistant Professor Elizabeth Suhay was recently awarded “2018 Best Paper Prize” by the American Political Science Association.
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SPA Faculty in the News

  • SPA Assistant Professor Tricia Bacon, co-authored an article for The Washington Post analyzing the role Osama bin Laden’s death played in the rise of the Islamic State.

  • SPA Associate Professor Derek Hyra, spoke to The New York Times about the effect gentrification and what can be done to maintain Durham, NC's diversity.

  • Executive-in-Residence Capri Cafaro, appeared on Fox News to talk about the controversy surrounding Michelle Wolf’s monologue at the White House Correspondents Dinner.