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Message from the Dean

SPA Interim Dean Alison Jacknowitz

Welcome to the SPA Community!

The School of Public Affairs at American University (SPA) is home to leading scholars in public policy, public administration, political science, criminology, terrorism and homeland security, law and society, data science, and other complex fields. These scientists, teachers, and practitioners, along with our exceptional mix of students and staff, have built a one-of-a-kind, learning community that is ranked #10 in the nation and is top ranked in Washington, D.C. 

We produce 21st-century, challenge-focused research, informing citizens as they work together to improve the world around them. We believe that by magnifying the impact of our research, maintaining our focus on excellent teaching, and preparing students for multiple paths of success, the School of Public Affairs will continue to expand our central role in the public affairs arena. Our community shapes the next generation of knowledgeable, engaged, and globally conscious problem solvers, and it honors the joint pursuits of wisdom, action, service, and compassion. 

Explore this website for an introduction to our school and its host of opportunities. The AU School of Public Affairs offers a wide, diverse array of outstanding degree and certificate programs, research centers and practical training, student organizations, and student-run journals. Further, American University sits at the cutting edge of innovation, embracing the technologies and analytical approaches needed to solve the problems of today. Finally, SPA’s Washington, D.C. location positions our students at the policymaking epicenter of the world and gives them access to unrivaled cultural experiences. We take advantage of being in the nation’s capital, and our community is connected to all levels of government, non-profit organizations, and private entities.

Our community looks forward to welcoming you.

Alison Jacknowitz
Interim Dean