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Results of Graduation Census as of six months after graduation for May graduates from 2014—2016.

Faculty

Race, Class, and Politics in "The Cappuccino City"

The phrase “cappuccino city” refers to previously low-income, minority neighborhoods that are experiencing major demographic shifts caused by the influx of mid-to-upper income, white millennials. It’s happening in the Bronx in New York City, in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, and in the Shaw area of Washington, D.C. Shaw is the neighborhood at the center of SPA Associate Professor Derek Hyra’s new book, Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City.

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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

A new report by SPA faculty explores the relationship between nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and local governments in developing countries.

Research

A Look at Lebanon: Untangling the Relationship Between NGOs and Local Governments

A new report by SPA faculty explores the relationship between nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and local governments in developing countries.

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New Book Highlights Need for Diverse Perspectives for Successful Democracies

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New Book Highlights Need for Diverse Perspectives for Successful Democracies

Does a new constitution improve a country’s levels of democracy? This is the question a team of American University professors asked and analyzed for their new book: Constituents before Assembly.

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Trump is (Un)Doing More Than You Think

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AU School of Public Affairs in the Media

  • Kimberly Cowell-Meyers, SPA assistant professor, wrote in a Washington Post op-ed that the U.K. election may have a destabilizing effect on Northern Ireland.

  • Chris Edelson, SPA assistant professor, appeared on VOA News to discuss former FBI Director James Comey's Capitol Hill testimony.

  • Paul Bledsoe, adjunct professorial lecturer in SPA's Center for Environmental Policy, spoke to The Economist about the United States' exit from the Paris Climate Agreement.