School of Public Affairs

School of Public Affairs

A Call to Service

Henry Watson says he came to American University in 2014 as a bright-eyed idealist ready to take on the world.

“I felt very inspired that one person could come to this town and reorient politics and public policy to serve people who feel a bit left behind by government,” says the 22-year old from the small town of Novelty, Ohio.
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As artificial intelligence continues to evolve, machine learning is increasingly becoming an important way to analyze a lot of information quickly. SPA Assistant Professor Andrew Ballard is studying the way that machine learning can analyze legislation to find patterns, correlations, and anomalies within the text. For big bills with thousands of pages, this means processing massive amounts of text quickly. Could this help distill it into something more readable for policymakers?

22 books published by SPA faculty in 2017-18

131 published academic journal articles written by SPA faculty in 2017-18

7,000 plus SPA media mentions in 2017-18

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Inaugural Sine Fellows

Announcement ·

AU Sine Institute of Policy and Politics Announces Inaugural Class of Fellows

Experts in politics, business, and the arts will address complex policy challenges, engage with American University students and faculty.
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Professor speaking to students

Announcement ·

Nation’s Top Public Affairs Schools Announce Diversity Alliance

A collective of six schools of public affairs, led by AU's SPA, announced the launch of the new Public Affairs Diversity Alliance.
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Federal Employees attend workshop in Kerwin Hall

On Campus ·

American University Offers Furloughed Federal Workers a Day of Free Classes

On January 8, SPA hosted Classes Without Quizzes — a free all-day event on AU's campus that featured 15 workshops and training sessions.
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Sine fellows

Sine Institute of Policy and Politics Announces Inaugural Fellows

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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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A Closer Look

A Closer Look at SPA

Learn more about SPA accomplishments in 2017-18.

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Newsletter Dispatches

View a listing of SPA weekly/monthly newsletters.

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