School of Public Affairs

School of Public Affairs

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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Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality

Inequality in early experiences and education have impacts on long-term socioeconomic success. How can early childhood policies help? The School of Public Affairs and the Russell Sage Foundation hosted this discussion featuring co-authors Taryn Morrissey (AU), Ajay Chaudry (NYU), and Christina Weiland (University of Michigan), joined by Miriam Calderon (Oregon’s Early Learning Division) and Melissa Boteach (National Women’s Law Center), to talk about the second edition of their book "Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality."

SPA Ranked 13 in U.S. News & World Report

Announcement ·

AU’s School of Public Affairs Is Top Ranked in D.C. in New U.S. News & World Report Rankings

School of Public Affairs Is Ranked No. 13 in 2022 U.S. News & World Report 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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#SPACyber: Policy Studies in Cybersecurity

#SPACyber is a practioner informed, research driven hub of cyber curriculum, thought leadership, and engagement.

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Shagun Gupta

Research ·

PhD Students Share Original Research and Fresh Perspectives at the AU Tri-School Conference

SIS PhD student Shagun Gupta reflects on American University's third annual Tri-School PhD Research Conference.
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Todd Eisenstadt

Environment ·

SPA Professor Takes on the Politics of International Climate Change

Eisenstadt’s agenda showcases evidence-based issues and solutions through webinar series, multiple publications, and a textbook.
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Dan Fiorino

Research ·

Partisanship Disrupts Governmental Collaboration on the Environment

SPA Professor and Student Publish Article Analyzing Federal-State Relationship on Environmental Policy Over Time
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First Time Rankings

number 14 for Environmental Policy and Management

by U.S. News & World Report's 2022 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings

number 22 in Local Government Management

by U.S. News & World Report's 2022 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings

number 20 in Social Policy

by U.S. News & World Report's 2022 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings