School of Public Affairs

School of Public Affairs

A Call to Service

Henry Watson says he came to American University in 2014 as a bright-eyed idealist ready to take on the world.

“I felt very inspired that one person could come to this town and reorient politics and public policy to serve people who feel a bit left behind by government,” says the 22-year old from the small town of Novelty, Ohio.
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Videos

Each December, we ask the SPA community for predictions for the coming year. This year, we asked SPA students to weigh in.

22 books published by SPA faculty in 2017-18

131 published academic journal articles written by SPA faculty in 2017-18

7,000 plus SPA media mentions in 2017-18

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Results of Graduation Census as of six months after graduation for May graduates from 2015—2017.

Alt-right members preparing to enter Emancipation Park

Government & Politics ·

How Can We Counter Violent Right-Wing Extremism in the US?

SPA Adjunct Professorial Lecturer Trace Lasley recently convened a workshop with students and subject-matter experts to explore ways to address the rise in violent right-wing extremism in the United States.
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Professor speaking to students

Announcement ·

Nation’s Top Public Affairs Schools Announce Diversity Alliance

A collective of six schools of public affairs, led by AU's SPA, announced the launch of the new Public Affairs Diversity Alliance.
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Inaugural Sine Fellows

Announcement ·

AU Sine Institute of Policy and Politics Announces Inaugural Class of Fellows

Experts in politics, business, and the arts will address complex policy challenges, engage with American University students and faculty.
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Sine fellows

Sine Institute of Policy and Politics Announces Inaugural Fellows

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Graduate Recruitment Events

Browse our graduate recruitment events to meet SPA on campus, on the road, or through one of our virtual sessions!

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A Closer Look

A Closer Look at SPA

Learn more about SPA accomplishments in 2017-18.

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Newsletter Dispatches

View a listing of SPA weekly/monthly newsletters.

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