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School of Public Affairs faculty, students, and alumni are tackling issues brought on by the novel coronavirus.

What Does the U.S. Economy Need Right Now?

The COVID-19 pandemic has surfaced income disparities in the U.S. economy, leading to critical decisions made by the President and lawmakers both federally and locally. SPA Associate Professor Bradley Hardy states what has already been done for Americans during the U.S. economic shutdown due to COVID-19, recommends what the U.S. government should do next, and uncovers the consequences the U.S. economy might endure in the aftermath of this national emergency.

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SPA's Morrissey releases second edition of Cradle to Kindergarten

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Study Looks at Attitudes Toward Social Distancing in COVID-19 Pandemic

SPA Assistant Professor Nathan Favero's latest research project focuses on the factors that influence an individual’s willingness to social distance.
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Going Remote: Interning in Health Advocacy During COVID-19

Having returned from a semester abroad, SPA student Julianne Kelleher hadn’t planned on securing an internship. When a staff member from the NACCHO visited her health policy class and said they needed one more intern—she knew it was too good to pass up.
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Market Street in Lagos, Nigeria

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Award to Study Impact of COVID-19 on Vulnerable Vendors in Africa

SPA Associate Professor Adrienne LeBas has received the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) award for a project to study the effects of COVID-19 on market vendors in Africa’s largest city, Lagos, Nigeria.
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How Hand Sanitizer Changed a Business—and a Mission to Help Others

As entrepreneurs at the helm of the mission-based Soapbox—which donates one bar of soap for every bar sold—Dave Simnick, SPA BA ’09 and Dan Doll, Kogod BSBA ’10 have been able to help countless more people during COVID-19.
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SPA senior Santiago Guerrero and team of organizers

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SPA Students, Alums Support Communities During COVID-19 Crisis

members of the SPA community have stepped up to provide for local and national needs during the response to COVID-19.
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Sonja Walti

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Seeking Continuity in Crisis, SPA Pivots Online

When the Covid-19 outbreak response prompted American University to move to online classes as of March 18, Dr. Sonja Walti, Director of Online Programs at the School of Public Affairs (SPA), helped the school’s faculty transition.
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