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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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Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality

Inequality in early experiences and education have impacts on long-term socioeconomic success. How can early childhood policies help? The School of Public Affairs and the Russell Sage Foundation hosted this discussion featuring co-authors Taryn Morrissey (AU), Ajay Chaudry (NYU), and Christina Weiland (University of Michigan), joined by Miriam Calderon (Oregon’s Early Learning Division) and Melissa Boteach (National Women’s Law Center), to talk about the second edition of their book "Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality."

SPA Ranked 13 in U.S. News & World Report

Announcement ·

AU’s School of Public Affairs Is Top Ranked in D.C. in New U.S. News & World Report Rankings

School of Public Affairs Is Ranked No. 13 in 2022 U.S. News & World Report 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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Decarbonization: The View from Some Economic Sectors

Environment ·

Economic Sector and Policy Experts Discuss Climate Change Efforts and Challenges

Representatives from industry and academia said avoiding severe climate change will take a continuous and escalating effort over the next three decades.
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PhD Graduates

Achievements ·

SPA PhD Graduates Successfully Navigate the Academic Job Market

Wang, Mellinger, Jacinto, and Davis talk about their placements and future research
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Environment ·

Earth Day Brings Attention to Climate on World Stage and at AU

On the day of President Joe Biden’s global summit on climate change, the SPA Center for Environmental Policy gathered experts to discuss the costs of reducing greenhouse gas emissions - and the cost of falling short.
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First Time Rankings

number 14 for Environmental Policy and Management

by U.S. News & World Report's 2022 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings

number 22 in Local Government Management

by U.S. News & World Report's 2022 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings

number 20 in Social Policy

by U.S. News & World Report's 2022 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings