David Barker

On Campus ·

SPA Announces New Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies

Political scientist David Barker will join the AU School of Public Affairs in August 2017 as the new director of The Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies.
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Right to left: Neil Kerwin, Daniel J. Fiorino, Martha Joynt Kumar, Howard McCurdy, and Janice Lachance

On Campus ·

The First 100 Days of the Trump Administration

SPA’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies hosted an event on January 24 to review what the 100 days typically means for a new administration.
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Panelists from the CCPS panel on the challenges of limiting presidential power under Trump.

On Campus ·

Challenges of Setting Limits on Presidential Power

Under the U.S. Constitution, presidential power is limited and subject to checks and balances. However, over the years, presidents have found ways to break away from limits.
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SPA professor James Thurber co-edited a new book called American Gridlock.

Research ·

Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing

SPA professor James Thurber co-edits a new book on polarization and gridlock.
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Running from Office cover

Research ·

SPA Professor Jennifer Lawless sends message to Class of 2015: Run for Office!

In Running for Office Jennifer L. Lawless and Richard L. Fox explore young people’s opinions about contemporary politics and their political ambition (or lack of it).
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CCPS and OECD MOU Signing

Government & Politics ·

CCPS Signs Historic Advisory Pact with OECD

The Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies at SPA took a giant, and historic, step on the international government policy scene.
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On Campus ·

Anna Greenberg, CCPS Research Fellow

What can social media and polling tell us about potential voter turnout and election results? Few people know better than Anna Greenberg.
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James Thurber

On Campus ·

#SPA80for80: James Thurber, Director of CCPS

Since joining the School of Public Affairs in 1974, James Thurber's impact on governmental research has been profound and far-reaching.
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Anita McBride

Achievements ·

Anita McBride Re-Appointed by President Obama to Fulbright Board

McBride, executive in residence at the School of Public Affairs, will be the longest-serving active member.
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Thomas Mann

Research ·

GOP Most Responsible for Political Dysfunction

Top scholars from around the United States examined political polarization from a variety of perspectives at a recent conference on "American Gridlock: Causes, Characteristics and Consequences of Polarization."
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