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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Announcement ·

School of Public Affairs at AU Jumps in National Ranking in U.S. News & World Report Survey

Four specialties receive first-time recognition; three specialties jump in ranking
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Each December, we ask the SPA community for predictions for the coming year. This year, we asked SPA students to weigh in.

number 14 among 285 public affairs schools

by U.S. News & World Report's 2020 Public Affairs Graduate School Rankings

number 3 for Public Management and Leadership, up from #6

by U.S. News & World Report's 2020 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings

number 5 for International Global Policy & Administration

by U.S. News & World Report's 2020 Public Affairs Graduate School Rankings

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Alumni ·

Bill Sweeney Shares Expertise in Campaigns and Elections as SPA Executive-in-Residence

Bill Sweeney, BA/SPA ‘73, came to American University to be near the center of national politics and government. At the time, the campus was housing war protestors, and Sweeney discovered he had a knack for organizing who slept where.
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Research ·

New Research Focuses on Coping with Food Insecurity

Researchers from SPA, in partnership with Feeding America, recently studied how families that use government and community food assistance programs overcome obstacles and manage to put food on their tables.
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Law ·

New Report Highlights Urgent Funding Needed for Public Defense

SPA's Justice Programs Office Right to Counsel (R2C) National Campaign released a report that shows the American constitutional right to counsel is threatened.
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