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Alum Receives Critical Acclaim for Debut Novel

During her time at American University's School of Public Affairs, Lara Prescott, SPA/BA ’04, knew she wanted to be a writer. After years of working on political campaigns after graduation, she took a risk, quit her “day job” and devoted herself to blending her love of politics with her love of writing fiction. Flash forward to the present day and her new book, The Secrets We Kept, has sold for $2 million at auction and has been optioned to be made into a movie.

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Over the past two decades, gentrification has become a norm in major American cities. As formerly low-income residents are displaced by white-collar workers and overpriced coffeehouses, the police behavior is shifting with the culture. With gentrification in cities like Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, comes an increase in policing and racial profiling.

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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

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

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The Hard Questions: The Center for University Excellence Will Confront Pressing Issues in Higher Ed

Provost Emeritus Scott Bass and Professor Cynthia Miller-Idriss will lead a new research-based center.
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To Stay or Go? Why and How Millennials Job Hop by Sector

SPA Associate Professor Khaldoun AbouAssi conducted a study about how millennials switch jobs by sector.
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Sine Institute of Policy & Politics Announces New Class of Fellows

The Sine Institute of Policy & Politics has announced its new cohort of fellows and distinguished lecturers.
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