School of Public Affairs

School of Public Affairs

Pursuing Public Service at DOJ

Briana Woodard, SPA/MS ’19, has always wanted to work for the federal government. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and criminal justice, she enrolled in SPA to study justice and public policy.

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Stacey Abrams speaks at AU SPA Commencement Ceremony

On Campus ·

Stacey Abrams Speaks to the SPA Class of 2019 About the Power of Belief

Stacey Abrams, who shattered the glass ceiling with her 2018 run for governor of Georgia, received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from American University today and spoke at the commencement of the AU School of Public Affairs.
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Announcement ·

School of Public Affairs at AU Jumps in National Ranking in U.S. News & World Report Survey

Four specialties receive first-time recognition; three specialties jump in ranking
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As artificial intelligence continues to evolve, machine learning is increasingly becoming an important way to analyze a lot of information quickly. SPA Assistant Professor Andrew Ballard is studying the way that machine learning can analyze legislation to find patterns, correlations, and anomalies within the text. For big bills with thousands of pages, this means processing massive amounts of text quickly. Could this help distill it into something more readable for policymakers?

number 14 among 285 public affairs schools

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

number 5 for International Global Policy & Administration

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

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Government & Politics ·

'Yes She Can' Book Authors Share Their Experience Working in the Obama White House

Six junior staffers who served in the Obama White House joined WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin for a discussion on their new book, Yes She Can.
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Environment ·

New Survey Suggests Future Directions for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Center for Environmental Policy (CEP) at SPA surveyed 1,550 former employees of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the EPA Alumni Association about the top challenges and future direction of the agency.
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Daniel Gade

Achievements ·

Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Gade Joins SPA Faculty

An extraordinary résumé of service, sacrifice, and resilience accompanies Daniel Gade, a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and former White House veterans-affairs advocate whose work as a Professor of Practice at SPA began this semester.
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