School of Public Affairs

School of Public Affairs

Pursuing Public Service at DOJ

Briana Woodard, SPA/MS ’19, has always wanted to work for the federal government. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and criminal justice, she enrolled in SPA to study justice and public policy.

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What Does the U.S. Economy Need Right Now?

The COVID-19 pandemic has surfaced income disparities in the U.S. economy, leading to critical decisions made by the President and lawmakers both federally and locally. SPA Associate Professor Bradley Hardy states what has already been done for Americans during the U.S. economic shutdown due to COVID-19, recommends what the U.S. government should do next, and uncovers the consequences the U.S. economy might endure in the aftermath of this national emergency.

AU SPA ranked #13 out of 276 schools of public affairs

Announcement ·

American University’s School of Public Affairs Receives High Recognition in New U.S. News & World Report Rankings

AU SPA Receives High Recognition in U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Public Affairs Graduate Schools 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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Fall for SPA

Information for students about SPA's Fall 2020 semester

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Amy K. Dacey

Achievements ·

Five Questions with Amy Dacey, Director of the Sine Institute of Policy and Politics

As Sine’s second year of programming draws to a close, we sat down with Director Amy K. Dacey for a conversation about the institute’s past and future, and its role in responding to one of the most challenging years in modern history.
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Election 2020 Beyond the Talking Points: How Do We Move to Bipartisan Solutions?

On October 14, faculty members from the AU School of Public Affairs discussed the challenges of bipartisanship amid pressing issues in criminal justice, education, and healthcare policy
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New American University Report Underscores a Critical Need for a National Cybersecurity Director

A new report by AU SPA experts urges the creation of a National Cybersecurity Director.
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number 13 among 276 public affairs schools

by U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Public Affairs Graduate School Rankings

number 4 for Public Management and Leadership

by U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings

number 4 for International Global Policy & Administration

by U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Public Affairs Graduate School Rankings