You are here: American University School of Public Affairs Metropolitan Policy Center Home

Our Mission

MPC's mission is to create knowledge and propose solutions to our 21st century metropolitan and urban challenges.
Learn More

About the Metropolitan Policy Center


MPC is a resource for understanding social unrest. We have a cluster of scholars who have been engaged with scholarship examining and addressing the undercurrents of unrest. Please reach out to us for assistance on this critical topic.

Understanding urban policy and unrest course syllabus.

2023-2024 Academic Year Events

The Metropolitan Policy Center is co-sponsoring an upcoming book event on Wednesday, September 27th at 3pm in American University’s School of International Service (SIS), Founder's Room. This event will feature co-authors Malini Ranganathan and David Pike, with discussant Samantha Agarwal, and moderator Lindsey Green-Simms. See the flyer below for further information. We hope to see you there! 

Book Event- Corruption Plots

American University's School of Public Affairs is number 14

in Urban Policy

Professor Hyra, director of the Metropolitan Policy Center, collaborates with Southwest DC Action on a community research project.

Research ·

SPA Professor and Center Explore the Path to Equitable Development

Read More


Research ·

New Report Reveals Influence of Race in D.C.-Area Residents' Lives

Read More

News & Media

Row Houses in Washington, DC

LeDroit Park row houses in Washington D.C. Flickr User Andrew