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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SPA Spring 2021 Commencement Remarks

Congratulations, SPA Class of 2021! Watch the commencement remarks from SPA Dean Vicky M. Wilkins, and students speakers Prachi Jhawar & Elizabeth Ogunsuyi.

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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Coronavirus cell


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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Discover your future with AU

Six months after graduation,

% of Graduates are now Working, Grad School, or Both

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Research ·

SPA Researchers Explore the Effects of Medicaid Expansion on Nonprofit Hospitals

AbouAssi and Wang find that expansion decreases private contributions.
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Collage of images of America's First Ladies

Announcement ·

Virtual Event Examines Impact and Evolution of the Role of America’s First Ladies

American University's First Ladies Initiative and the White House Historical Association host a symposium that examines the role of America's First Ladies.
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FLARE: Lighting Their Legacies

Government & Politics ·

First Ladies Association for Research and Education (FLARE) Studies the Impact of First Ladies Over Time

National initiative, convened by SPA, studies the impact of first ladies 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