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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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Early Childcare Policy Explainer

SPA Assistant Professor Taryn Morrissey's work centers on examining and improving public policies for vulnerable children. Ongoing research examines the social determinants of food insecurity and obesity, and the impacts of neighborhood poverty and family instability on children's development. She is one of the authors of the book, Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality.

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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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Six months after graduation,

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Results of Graduation Census as of six months after graduation for May graduates from 2015—2017.

Professor Todd Eisenstadt in Bangladesh

Research ·

SPA Professor to Study How Climate Change Finance Works in Developing Countries

SPA Professor Todd Eisenstadt has spent years understanding how climate change affects indigenous populations in developing countries. Now, he’s working to track funding for climate change projects from international donors to local development projects.
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Darren Walker speaking

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Ford Foundation President Talks About Justice and Opportunity for All

Ford Foundation President Darren Walker told faculty and students at American University on April 4 that addressing growing inequality in the world is his organization’s top priority.
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students and faculty outside Kerwin Hall

Research ·

School of Public Affairs Faculty Member Named Russell Sage Visiting Scholar

SPA Associate Professor Bradley Hardy is among 15 social scientists selected by the Russell Sage Foundation to be a visiting scholar for the 2018-2019 academic year.
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The Hill's Leadership in Action

April 11, 2018 | 8-9:30am The Newseum | Wash., DC

A series of conversations exploring the values, leadership styles and vision for the nation.