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Celebrating Women's History Month

Ferraro was the first female vice presidential candidate to represent a major American political party. Ferraro was a public school teacher and attorney before being elected to Congress to represent New York’s 9th Congressional District. During the Clinton administration, she was appointed United States Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

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Results of Graduation Census as of six months after graduation for May graduates from 2014—2016.


Politics of Science

In an era of political polarization, science is sometimes used as a rhetorical weapon. Research findings for a wide variety of issues – ranging from the economy to climate change, poverty to immunizations – have become political talking points. Watch as SPA Assistant Professor Liz Suhay, an expert in political bias, talks about the politics of science.

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17 books published by SPA faculty in 2015-16

100 published academic journal articles written by SPA faculty in 2015-16

5,000 plus SPA media mentions in 2015-16

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AU School of Public Affairs Climbs in National U.S. News & World Report Ranking

American University School of Public Affairs ranks 18th overall among more than 270 schools of its kind in U.S. News & World Report's 2019 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings.

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What is the Impact of Bullying on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Students?


What is the Impact of Bullying on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Students?

Bullying presents a critical issue for educators, given its negative repercussions for both the direct victims and the overall school climate. A growing issue is that lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB) students experience a disproportionate amount of bullying.

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Politics of Truth Conference

March 28, 2018 | 8am-8pm

Join us for a day of presentations with renowned political scientists and leading journalists roundtable discussion.

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SPA in the Media

  • Howard McCurdy, Professor of Public Affairs, spoke to The Associated Press about President Trump's plans for a military space force

  • Chris Edelson, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs, spoke to CBC News about the upheaval in the Trump administration.

  • Taryn Morrissey, Associate Professor of Public Administration, wrote an opinion article for The Conversation about the high costs of child care in America.

The Hill's Leadership in Action

April 11, 2018 | 8-9:30am The Newseum | Wash., DC

A series of conversations exploring the values, leadership styles and vision for the nation.


Key Executive Women in Leadership Forum POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER


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