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Understanding How the Prison Population Rises as Crime Falls

Research ·

Understanding How the Prison Population Rises as Crime Falls

The SPA Political Theory Institute kicked off its spring semester lecture series recently with a presentation by John Pfaff, author of “Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform."
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AU School of Public Affairs Student Recognized for Work in Comparative Politics

Research ·

AU School of Public Affairs Student Recognized for Work in Comparative Politics

An AU School of Public Affairs doctoral student studying comparative politics and American politics, recently received a scholarship from the Gill Family Foundation to support her dissertation research.
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What is the Impact of Bullying on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Students?

Research ·

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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William Baker, 2018 William K. Reilly award winner

Environment ·

2018 Reilly Award-Winner Spent 40 Years Cleaning Up the Chesapeake Bay

On March 8, Will Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), will receive the William K. Reilly Award from American University School of Public Affairs’ Center for Environmental Policy.
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SPA Alumnus and Blue Cross Leader Daniel Hilferty Talks about Health Care Reform

Alumni ·

SPA Alumnus and Blue Cross Leader Daniel Hilferty Talks about Health Care Reform

Daniel Hilferty (SPA/MPA '81), president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, says fixing health care is the challenge of our time. With health care spending representing 18 percent of the gross national product, the need for bipartisan action is urgent.
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Mamie Parker, 2018 William K. Reilly award winner

Environment ·

'It Wasn't the Water or the Wildlife, It Was the People'

On March 8, Mamie Parker, former chief of staff and head of fisheries at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will receive the William K. Reilly Award from American University School of Public Affairs’ Center for Environmental Policy.
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Karen O'Connor

Professional News ·

Faculty Member Honored for Scholarship and Political Engagement

The Southern Political Science Association chose AU School of Public Affairs’ Karen O’Connor as the recipient of its Diane Blair Award. The biannual award honors political scientists who have played outstanding roles in politics and government.
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Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies Hosts Bipartisan Conversation

Government & Politics ·

Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies Hosts Bipartisan Conversation

SPA hosted U.S. Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Republican Rep. David Brat (R-VA) on campus for a discussion that highlighted the lawmakers’ philosophical differences and, more importantly, their areas of common ground.
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Report Raises Risks of Artificial Intelligence: Playing Out in Political Reality

Research ·

Report Raises Risks of Artificial Intelligence Playing Out in Political Reality

Artificial intelligence has incredible promise to make the world a better place. But the technology is also creating a growing concern about its potential to do harm.
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potential paths

On Campus ·

New Class Shows Potential Paths for Political Theory Majors

Students say they enjoy deep discussions in political theory classes, but they worry that it has limited job prospects. Now, a one-credit class taught by practitioners at think tanks, nonprofits, and in journalism may just change their minds.
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