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Elections 2012

Election 2012

Elections Special

"There were so many AU people at the conventions, it was like being on the Quad."

--SPA student at Democratic National Convention

Photo by Mallory Benedict/PBS NewsHour

SPA election experts in the media

"American University prides itself on being the most politically charged campus in America."

- New York Times, Nov. 1, 2012

SPA faculty are leading experts in the study of campaigns, voting behavior and turn-out, the Presidency, Congress, lobbying, political communications, and other areas related to elections. Leading media outlets consult SPA professors to gain insight into the upcoming elections.

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Campaigns at SPA

SPA in the House: Alumni Results in Congressional Races

Rep. Jim McGovern

With decisive wins, several incumbents from SPA and AU maintained their places in Congress.

SPA Freshman Among Youngest Delegates to Serve at the DNC

Andrea Walton at the Democratic National Convention

Andrea Walton, SPA/BA ’16, served as one of youngest delegates ever at this year's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Students Capture “Oscar of Political Advertising”

SPA Pollie winners Noah Benjamin, Josh Roll, Aaron Alberico, Garret Bonosky with White House advisor Paul Begala.

Read about a group of undergraduate students who were honored for their strategy for the Tim Kaine for U.S. Senate campaign.


Learning about campaigns

  • In its twenty-seventh year, the Campaign Management Institute (CMI) offers a nationally recognized program designed to train individuals for participation in local, state and federal political campaigns.
  • Whether you want to be a campaign communications director, a media consultant devising national outreach, or a public affairs strategist guiding your client through a crisis, the master’s in political communication is for you.