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School of Public Affairs

Alum Receives Critical Acclaim for Debut Novel

During her time at American University's School of Public Affairs, Lara Prescott, SPA/BA ’04, knew she wanted to be a writer. After years of working on political campaigns after graduation, she took a risk, quit her “day job” and devoted herself to blending her love of politics with her love of writing fiction. Flash forward to the present day and her new book, The Secrets We Kept, has sold for $2 million at auction and has been optioned to be made into a movie.

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The Good Friday Agreement: Where Are We Now?

SPA Assistant Professor Kimberly Cowell-Meyers facilitates a discussion on The Good Friday Agreement of 1998 with Brendan O'Leary and Alan Renwick, both members of the Working Group on Unification Referendums on the Island of Ireland. O'Leary and Renwick present their interim report assessing pathways forward on this important and timely question.

AU SPA ranked #13 out of 276 schools of public affairs

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American University’s School of Public Affairs Receives High Recognition in New U.S. News & World Report Rankings

AU SPA Receives High Recognition in U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Public Affairs Graduate Schools rankings
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SPA on COVID-19

School of Public Affairs faculty, students, and alumni are tackling issues brought on by the novel coronavirus.

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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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#SPACyber: Policy Studies in Cybersecurity

#SPACyber is a practioner informed, research driven hub of cyber curriculum, thought leadership, and engagement.

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Andrew Flores

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SPA Professor Tracks Political Socialization Differences Among People with Same-Sex Parents

Large study reveals insights on socialization dynamics in same-sex households.
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Liz Suhay

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Suhay Gathers Latest Research on Electoral Persuasion for Oxford Handbook

Comprehensive volume examines the study of persuasion in 48 chapters.
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Suat Cubukcu

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New NATO Book Discusses Lessons Learned from Territorial Defeat of ISIS

Although the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) may not be dominating news headlines today, experts say the threat of this global terrorist network remains, and policymakers should consider a shift in strategy to combat its new tactics.
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number 13 among 276 public affairs schools

by U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Public Affairs Graduate School Rankings

number 4 for Public Management and Leadership

by U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings

number 4 for International Global Policy & Administration

by U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Public Affairs Graduate School Rankings