Monique Earl headshot.

Alumni ·

SPA Alumna Takes the Reins at LADOT

SPA alumna (MPA, '07) Monique Earl has been appointed the new executive officer of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT).
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Philadelphia fishtown district

Research ·

Housing and Policing Practices Have an Impact on Overdose Mortality in Philadelphia

SPA Assistant Professor Lallen Johnson and graduate student Tayler Shreve (SPA/PhD ’23) analyzed the variations in fatalities of drug overdose mortality rate across neighborhoods and found housing conditions and policing patterns played a role.
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Announcement ·

Abandoned Buildings, Fear of Calling Police Contribute to High Rate of Fatal Overdoses in Philadelphia, New Study Shows

A new SPA study reveals a relationship between overdose mortality and the conditions of neighborhoods in Philadelphia.
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Research ·

A Look at How Police Respond to Same-Sex Partner Violence Calls in Wake of Cultural Change

SPA Professor Lynn Addington received a grant to explore police response to same-sex intimate partner violence (IPV) and consider the link between public opinion, policy, and the arrest patterns in these cases.
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Pile of lead pipes in garbage heap in urban setting.

Research ·

SPA Researchers and D.C. Address Inequities in Lead Pipe Removal Program

Karen Baehler, SPA scholar in residence, was the first-named author of a study, supported by SPA graduate students Carley Weted and Theo Laguna, analyzing data from a lead pipe replacement program in the District of Columbia between 2009 and 2018.
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1963 March on Washington program

Achievements ·

AU celebrates the 2020 Virtual March on Washington

This year, the NAACP and partners celebrated this anniversary with virtual programming, including a keynote address by Stacey Abrams, founder of Fair Fight, and a national call to remember and fight for the aims of the original
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Achievements ·

SPA Student Max Robins Founds Nation’s First Student-Led Advocacy Group Against Child Marriage

When Robins first learned of child marriage in the US from a New York Times op-ed, he was still a senior in high school. The summer before he arrived at American University he picked up the topic again, and this time he could not look away.
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Aparna Soni

Research ·

Research finds long-term benefits to Medicaid expansion

A new study by SPA Assistant Professor Aparna Soni provides evidence that Medicaid expansion, which increases access to health insurance and care, does indeed improve the health behaviors of vulnerable Americans in the long term.
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New Faculty for 2020-21

Achievements ·

SPA Welcomes New Faculty in the 2020-21 Academic Year

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) at American University is pleased to announce eight experts to the school in academic year 2017-2018, including faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, scholars and executives-in-residence, and term faculty members.
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Unbreathable Story

Communications ·

SOC Alumni and Professor Collaborate for "Unbreathable" Film Premiere

Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air premiered on June 18. This documentary highlights the ongoing struggle for clean air in the United States over the past fifty years since the Clean Air Act was passed into law.
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