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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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Faculty

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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Aaron Torop, SPA/BA ’18, presenting research

Research ·

SPA Sponsors Six Undergraduate Students to Present Research at National Conference

For the third year in a row, SPA sponsored six students to attend the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
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AU President Sylvia Burwell with Shyheim Snead

Achievements ·

SPA Students Recognized with 2018 American University Awards

SPA students were among those recently honored with University Awards for their exceptional work and accomplishments.
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Steven Putansu

In the Community ·

SPA Alumnus and Adjunct Recognized for Outstanding Contributions

Steven Putansu, SPA/PhD ’12, a senior social science analyst with the Government Accountability Office and SPA adjunct professor, was honored on June 6 for improving research methodology at the agency and saving significant taxpayer dollars.
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SPA Faculty in the News

  • Assistant Professor of Government, Elizabeth Sherman, wrote an article for The Conversation about John McCain's political legacy.

  • Executive-in-Residence, Betsy Fischer Martin, co-wrote an article for NBC News in tribute to Tim Russert, former famed moderator of “Meet the Press.”

  • Director of the Women and Politics Institute, Jennifer Lawless, spoke to The Washington Post about women running for office across the country.