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Government & Politics ·

Matter of Fact: Measuring How Much People Care About the Truth in Politics

AU School of Public Affairs (SPA) Professor David Barker, however, finds that fact-checking can make a difference to certain voters––specifically those who are comparing candidates within a given party, over time.
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Research ·

Small Increases in Family Food Support Yield Big Benefits for Children’s Health

Just as the federal government is considering cuts to food programs that help the poor, a new study shows the positive effects that financial support for nutrition can have on children’s access to health care.
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Chris Donovan

Alumni ·

Chris Donovan SPA-SOC/BA '97: Getting the Story Right Through Research

Chris Donovan SPA-SOC/BA '97 is now an executive editorial producer working with George Stephanopoulos and other network anchors and correspondents.
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Research ·

Examining the Impact of Charter Schools on Growing Income Segregation

Research by Professor Dave Marcotte and Kari Dalane on charter schools examines their expansion along with student segregation by income. Their study shows that segregation of low-income students increased by 15 percent in large school districts.
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Mission is Possible team

Safety & Security ·

Data in Decision-Making

Episode 3 of the Mission is Possible podcast discusses challenges, opportunities, and best practices of assessing program effectiveness and aligning resources to strategy.
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On Campus ·

Inaugural Lincoln Scholar Lecture Finds Lessons in Declaration of Independence

According to Harvard Professor Danielle Allen, though the Declaration of Independence falls short on issues of slavery and gender, its essence has provided a lasting blueprint for the experiment of American democracy.
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Julian Bond

Achievements ·

New Oral History Project Reveals Untold Stories About the Civil Rights Movement

SPA Professor of Government Gregg Ivers documents the professional rise of Julian Bond in the Julian Bond Oral History Project.
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Research ·

Evidence Shows Costly Superfund Cleanup Worth the Investment

New research by SPA Assistant Professor Claudia Persico finds prenatal exposure to hazardous waste contamination during pregnancy can significantly hurt a child’s development and performance in school.
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Research ·

The Hard Questions: Center Will Confront Pressing Issues in Higher Ed

Provost Emeritus Scott Bass and Professor Cynthia Miller-Idriss will lead a new research-based center.
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Brendan O'Leary

On Campus ·

Leading Scholar Shares His Insights on Brexit and Northern Ireland

Brendan O’Leary, Lauder Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, gave a recent lecture about the unfolding Brexit drama since the United Kingdom voted “Leave” in 2016.
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