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Political Communicator Making a Difference

Daniel DeBrakeleer, SPA /MA '19, says he likes how the AU School of Public Affairs (SPA) encourages students to get real-world work experience.

After interning at HealthHIV, a national nonprofit advocacy organization, the 23-year-old was hired as a full-time communications manager. Today, he's an intern on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee minority communications team.

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Stacey Abrams speaks at AU SPA Commencement Ceremony

On Campus ·

Stacey Abrams Speaks to the SPA Class of 2019 About the Power of Belief

Stacey Abrams, who shattered the glass ceiling with her 2018 run for governor of Georgia, received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from American University today and spoke at the commencement of the AU School of Public Affairs.
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Announcement ·

School of Public Affairs at AU Jumps in National Ranking in U.S. News & World Report Survey

Four specialties receive first-time recognition; three specialties jump in ranking
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SPA Postdoctoral Fellow TaLisa Carter is a native of Long Island, N.Y., and worked as a deputy corrections officer in Savannah, Ga. She received her Ph.D. in criminology at the University of Delaware in May 2018. TaLisa’s research has been presented to the American Society of Criminology, the American Sociological Association, and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

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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Rep. Lauren Underwood at WeLead Graduation Ceremony

Achievements ·

Rep. Underwood Addresses Graduating Women of WeLead Program

This week, American University School of Public Affairs' Women & Politics Institute held its annual WeLead program graduation at the D.C. Office of  MacAndrews & Forbes.
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Panelists at National Law Enforcement Museum event

Safety & Security ·

How National Security Agencies are Recruiting Employees in Challenging Times

During an event hosted at the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C. by AU SPA Key Executive Program and Guidehouse last winter, experts from law enforcement agencies gathered to talk about recruiting challenges and opportunities.
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Steven Taylor and John Atta Mills

Research ·

SPA's Steven Taylor Explores Why African-Americans Are Resettling in Ghana

Although immigration literature typically focuses on people moving from developing countries to more prosperous ones, SPA Associate Professor Steven Taylor’s new book explores the opposite phenomena.
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