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MPC's mission is to create knowledge and propose solutions to our 21st century metropolitan and urban challenges.
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What is the MPC?

The Metropolitan Policy Center (MPC) was created in the Fall of 2014 within the School of Public Affairs at American University (AU). MPC serves as the metropolitan and urban research hub on AU's campus. MPC's mission is to create knowledge and propose solutions to our 21st century metropolitan and urban challenges. The insights gained through the Center are disseminated to policy makers, think tanks, foundations, nonprofits, community groups and academic and mainstream media outlets.

Spring 2019 Events

Annual Spring Lecture
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Robert Sampson, Professor, Harvard University
Urban Neighborhoods and American Life
SIS Founder’s Room, 4:00pm to 5:00pm with a reception to follow

March 27, 2019
Derek Hyra, American University
Gentrification and the Great Recession
East Quad Building, Room 103, 2:30pm – 4:00pm

March 30, 2019
Film and Director Q&A with Dr. Sonya Grier: "DogParks and CoffeeShops: Diversity Seeking in Changing Neighborhoods"
In conjunction with the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum’s “A Right to the City” exhibition.
Mount Pleasant Library, 2:00pm

April 7, 2019
Author Talk with Peter Moskowitz: "How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood"
In conjunction with the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum’s “A Right to the City” exhibition.
Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

MPC Spring Events

News & Media

Row Houses in Washington, DC

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