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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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American University School of Public Affairs Professor David Barker's research has led to several conclusions about the future of political discourse in the U.S. The first is that dueling fact perceptions are rampant, and they are more entrenched than most people realize. Some examples of this include conflicting perceptions about the existence of climate change, the strength of the economy, the consequences of racism, the origins of sexual orientation, the utility of minimum wage increases or gun control, the crime rate and the safety of vaccines.

number 14 among 285 public affairs schools

by U.S. News & World Report's 2020 Public Affairs Graduate School Rankings

number 3 for Public Management and Leadership, up from #6

by U.S. News & World Report's 2020 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings

number 5 for International Global Policy & Administration

by U.S. News & World Report's 2020 Public Affairs Graduate School Rankings

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Evidence Shows Costly Superfund Cleanup Worth the Investment

New research by SPA Assistant Professor Claudia Persico finds prenatal exposure to hazardous waste contamination during pregnancy can significantly hurt a child’s development and performance in school.
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The Hard Questions: Center Will Confront Pressing Issues in Higher Ed

Provost Emeritus Scott Bass and Professor Cynthia Miller-Idriss will lead a new research-based center.
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Leading Scholar Shares His Insights on Brexit and Northern Ireland

Brendan O’Leary, Lauder Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, gave a recent lecture about the unfolding Brexit drama since the United Kingdom voted “Leave” in 2016.
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