School of Public Affairs

School of Public Affairs

Bolstering the Homeland Security Enterprise

After completing his master’s degree in terrorism and homeland and security policy, he became a national security consultant with Guidehouse, a global consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. Cash works in project management with public sector clients, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the State Department.
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Discover Your Higher Purpose with SPA

The School of Public Affairs at American University is home to leading scholars in the fields of American politics, comparative politics, public administration, public policy, justice law and criminology, data science, and terrorism and homeland security. Come to a place where the faculty, staff, and other students are all committed to helping you reach your higher purpose.

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U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Announcement ·

AU SPA Ranked Tenth Overall, Remains Top Ranked in D.C., in New U.S. News & World Report Rankings

AU's School of Public Affairs is ranked No. 10 overall among all public affairs institutions in the U.S.
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SPA Highlights

SPA Innovates

SPA Innovates!

American University's School of Public Affairs is devoted to innovation in our research, in the classroom, and in our community.

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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,
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Featured News

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Achievements ·

Administratively Adrift: Overcoming Institutional Barriers for College Student Success

New book by Provost Emeritus and SPA Professor Scott Bass recommends organizational reform for higher education institutions.
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Research ·

To Tweet or Not to Tweet: The Influence of Negative Rhetoric

SPA Researchers Examine Incivility in Congressional Tweets.
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Research ·

Rivals for Power: Biden’s Agenda in a Dysfunctional Congress

New book by SPA Professor Emeritus James Thurber grades President’s Biden’s legislative record at the midterm
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Specialty Rankings

number 7

for International Policy and Administration

by U.S. News & World Report's 2023 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings

number 8

in Non-Profit Management

by U.S. News & World Report's 2023 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings

number 16

in Public Policy Analysis

by U.S. News & World Report's 2023 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings