AU School of Public Affairs

AU School of Public Affairs The AU School of Public Affairs was established as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. From FDR's vision for "practical contacts between the collegiate and educational world, and the operations of government;" SPA was born.

For 85 years, the school has been committed to training, educating, informing, and elevating scholars and public affairs experts. http://www.american.edu/spa
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For 85 years, the school has been committed to training, educating, informing, and elevating scholars and public affairs experts. http://www.american.edu/spa
www.twitter.com/AU_SPA

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In honor of #MLKDay, SPA pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy. His message still resonates today...
01/17/2022

In honor of #MLKDay, SPA pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy. His message still resonates today!

In honor of #MLKDay, SPA pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy. His message still resonates today!

SPA Prof. Erdal Tekin recently wrote a report w/ Jacqueline Jones & Sharon L Kagan for the National Academies of Science...
01/14/2022
Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on the Early Care and Education Sector

SPA Prof. Erdal Tekin recently wrote a report w/ Jacqueline Jones & Sharon L Kagan for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) on mitigation strategies to address the impact of #COVID19 on the early care & education sector. Read it here: https://bit.ly/3zXN8B7

Download a PDF of "Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on the Early Care and Education Sector" by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for free.

SPA is excited to share that our Ph.D. Candidate Minjung Kim will be joining the University of Alabama at Birmingham as ...
01/11/2022

SPA is excited to share that our Ph.D. Candidate Minjung Kim will be joining the University of Alabama at Birmingham as an assistant professor in Fall 2022! Thanks to her dissertation committee: Lewis Faulk (chair), Khaldoun AbouAssi, & Nathan Favero. #SPAProud

SPA is excited to share that our Ph.D. Candidate Minjung Kim will be joining the University of Alabama at Birmingham as an assistant professor in Fall 2022! Thanks to her dissertation committee: Lewis Faulk (chair), Khaldoun AbouAssi, & Nathan Favero. #SPAProud

Congratulations to SPA Prof. Nathan Favero for joining the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory editoria...
01/07/2022

Congratulations to SPA Prof. Nathan Favero for joining the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory editorial board. #SPAProud

Congratulations to SPA Prof. Nathan Favero for joining the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory editorial board. #SPAProud

One year ago today, a throng of Trump supporters attacked the US Capitol building. SPA Prof. Joe Young joins “Big World,...
01/06/2022
Episode 44: Capitol Insurrection, Riot, or Domestic Terrorism?

One year ago today, a throng of Trump supporters attacked the US Capitol building. SPA Prof. Joe Young joins “Big World,” a podcast by AU SIS, to discuss the January 6 attack and domestic terrorism. Listen here: https://www.american.edu/sis/big-world/44-capitol-insurrection-riot-or-domestic-terrorism.cfm

On January 6, 2021, a throng of Donald Trump supporters attacked the US Capitol building. Their stated goal was to overturn the valid results of the 2020 presidential election by interrupting the US Congress's count of electoral votes that would certify the election. One year later, SIS professor Jo...

SPA community wishes you a joyous holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year!
12/24/2021

SPA community wishes you a joyous holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year!

SPA community wishes you a joyous holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year!

SPA's Criminology Super Squad powers new avenues of research in criminology, including studying the factors behind the c...
12/20/2021

SPA's Criminology Super Squad powers new avenues of research in criminology, including studying the factors behind the crime and analyzing the state of the criminal justice system. #OurProfsWearCapes https://bit.ly/3Drk0m1

SPA's Criminology Super Squad powers new avenues of research in criminology, including studying the factors behind the crime and analyzing the state of the criminal justice system. #OurProfsWearCapes https://bit.ly/3Drk0m1

Congratulations to SPA’s Barbara Dos Santos and Ngakiya Camara, today’s graduate and undergraduate commencement speakers...
12/20/2021

Congratulations to SPA’s Barbara Dos Santos and Ngakiya Camara, today’s graduate and undergraduate commencement speakers. We hope their words of hope and optimism light a path for their fellow grads as they go out into the world. #SPAProud #2021AUGrad

The semester was full of challenges, but we are so happy to welcome SPA’s December 2021 graduates to an in-person ceremo...
12/19/2021

The semester was full of challenges, but we are so happy to welcome SPA’s December 2021 graduates to an in-person ceremony! The road was winding but now you are here, at the finish line, in front of family and friends. 🎓 #2021AUGrad #2021SPAGrad

12/19/2021

Congratulations, SPA Class of 2021! You did it! 🎓 We are so proud of you and your accomplishments, and we wish you continued success in the future. #2021AUGrad #2021SPAGrad

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12/18/2021
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Our Political Science and Politics Super Squad utilizes the power of research & critical analysis to conquer problems on...
12/17/2021

Our Political Science and Politics Super Squad utilizes the power of research & critical analysis to conquer problems on the role of governance and the allocation of power. #OurProfsWearCapes https://bit.ly/3Drk0m1

Our Political Science and Politics Super Squad utilizes the power of research & critical analysis to conquer problems on the role of governance and the allocation of power. #OurProfsWearCapes https://bit.ly/3Drk0m1

12/17/2021
SPA Political Science and Politics

How is the SPA faculty addressing the big questions in Political Science and Politics? Listen from Profs Andrew Ballard, Seo-Young Silvia Kim, Todd Eisenstadt, Jeff Gill, Elizabeth Suhay, Steven Taylor, and David Barker.

Our Social Policy Super Squad uses their powers of applied social research & analysis to create fairer programs through ...
12/16/2021

Our Social Policy Super Squad uses their powers of applied social research & analysis to create fairer programs through policy solutions. #OurProfsWearCapes https://bit.ly/3Drk0m1

Our Social Policy Super Squad uses their powers of applied social research & analysis to create fairer programs through policy solutions. #OurProfsWearCapes https://bit.ly/3Drk0m1

Our Urban Policy Super Squad activates dialogues with policymakers and the media to seek solutions to 21st century chall...
12/16/2021

Our Urban Policy Super Squad activates dialogues with policymakers and the media to seek solutions to 21st century challenges in our cities. #OurProfsWearCapes https://bit.ly/3Drk0m1

Our Urban Policy Super Squad activates dialogues with policymakers and the media to seek solutions to 21st century challenges in our cities. #OurProfsWearCapes https://bit.ly/3Drk0m1

SPA's Public Finance & Budgeting Super Squad utilizes public revenue & expenditure analysis to improve government financ...
12/16/2021

SPA's Public Finance & Budgeting Super Squad utilizes public revenue & expenditure analysis to improve government financial management & services. #OurProfsWearCapes https://bit.ly/3Drk0m1

SPA's Public Finance & Budgeting Super Squad utilizes public revenue & expenditure analysis to improve government financial management & services. #OurProfsWearCapes https://bit.ly/3Drk0m1

Our Nonprofit Management Super Squad is powering the next generation in policy issues, challenges, and ethical considera...
12/15/2021

Our Nonprofit Management Super Squad is powering the next generation in policy issues, challenges, and ethical considerations to lead in mission-driven organizations. #OurProfsWearCapes https://bit.ly/3Drk0m1

Our Nonprofit Management Super Squad is powering the next generation in policy issues, challenges, and ethical considerations to lead in mission-driven organizations. #OurProfsWearCapes https://bit.ly/3Drk0m1

Our Health Policy & Management Super Squad makes discoveries that ensure quality health care & create healthier communit...
12/15/2021

Our Health Policy & Management Super Squad makes discoveries that ensure quality health care & create healthier communities. #OurProfsWearCapes https://bit.ly/3Drk0m1

Our Health Policy & Management Super Squad makes discoveries that ensure quality health care & create healthier communities. #OurProfsWearCapes https://bit.ly/3Drk0m1

SPA's Environmental Policy & Management Super Squad improves environmental governance by educating future leaders and pr...
12/15/2021

SPA's Environmental Policy & Management Super Squad improves environmental governance by educating future leaders and promoting tech & policies that protect natural resources. #OurProfsWearCapes https://bit.ly/3Drk0m1

SPA's Environmental Policy & Management Super Squad improves environmental governance by educating future leaders and promoting tech & policies that protect natural resources. #OurProfsWearCapes https://bit.ly/3Drk0m1

SPA's Homeland Security & Emergency Management Super Squad utilizes powers of perception to chart a new course in ensuri...
12/14/2021

SPA's Homeland Security & Emergency Management Super Squad utilizes powers of perception to chart a new course in ensuring safety and managing, mitigating, & preventing security challenges. #OurProfsWearCapes https://bit.ly/3Drk0m1

SPA's Homeland Security & Emergency Management Super Squad utilizes powers of perception to chart a new course in ensuring safety and managing, mitigating, & preventing security challenges. #OurProfsWearCapes https://bit.ly/3Drk0m1

Our Public Policy Analysis Super Squad harnesses the power of research & analysis to evaluate potential policy options t...
12/14/2021

Our Public Policy Analysis Super Squad harnesses the power of research & analysis to evaluate potential policy options that address the most pressing public issues. #OurProfsWearCapes https://bit.ly/3Drk0m1

Our Public Policy Analysis Super Squad harnesses the power of research & analysis to evaluate potential policy options that address the most pressing public issues. #OurProfsWearCapes https://bit.ly/3Drk0m1

SPA's Public Management & Leadership Super Squad powers stronger organizations through effective leadership and policy a...
12/14/2021

SPA's Public Management & Leadership Super Squad powers stronger organizations through effective leadership and policy analysis at the federal, state, and local levels. #OurProfsWearCapes https://bit.ly/3Drk0m1

SPA's Public Management & Leadership Super Squad powers stronger organizations through effective leadership and policy analysis at the federal, state, and local levels. #OurProfsWearCapes https://bit.ly/3Drk0m1

As 2021 ends, we celebrate our SPA Super Squads, who use their powers of research and analysis to lead the way in public...
12/13/2021

As 2021 ends, we celebrate our SPA Super Squads, who use their powers of research and analysis to lead the way in public affairs, political science, and criminology! Take a look back at the great work our faculty did this year: https://www.american.edu/spa/about/super-squads.cfm #OurProfsWearCapes

As 2021 ends, we celebrate our SPA Super Squads, who use their powers of research and analysis to lead the way in public affairs, political science, and criminology! Take a look back at the great work our faculty did this year: https://www.american.edu/spa/about/super-squads.cfm #OurProfsWearCapes

ICYMI: SPA students, faculty, & staff gathered in Kerwin Hall last night for the SPA Late Night Breakfast! Thanks to eve...
12/13/2021

ICYMI: SPA students, faculty, & staff gathered in Kerwin Hall last night for the SPA Late Night Breakfast! Thanks to everyone who joined us & made this #SPATradition a success! Don't forget to tag us & use the hashtag #SPATradition in your Late Night Breakfast posts. 🍳 📸

SPA Students! Register for the course "Latino/a/x Politics," led by new SPA Prof. Ali Valenzuela (who joins SPA from Pri...
12/10/2021

SPA Students! Register for the course "Latino/a/x Politics," led by new SPA Prof. Ali Valenzuela (who joins SPA from Princeton University) for an opportunity to study Latino/a/x politics in the U.S. Register at: https://bit.ly/3oluBrw

SPA Students! Register for the course "Latino/a/x Politics," led by new SPA Prof. Ali Valenzuela (who joins SPA from Princeton University) for an opportunity to study Latino/a/x politics in the U.S. Register at: https://bit.ly/3oluBrw

#SPACenterSpotlights: Directed by Joseph Young, The Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research bridges the academi...
12/09/2021

#SPACenterSpotlights: Directed by Joseph Young, The Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research bridges the academic & policy worlds to advance SPA research & help address pressing concerns. Learn more about WIPAR & follow them on social media: https://bit.ly/3rQWvjX

#SPACenterSpotlights: Directed by Joseph Young, The Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research bridges the academic & policy worlds to advance SPA research & help address pressing concerns. Learn more about WIPAR & follow them on social media: https://bit.ly/3rQWvjX

Looking to enhance your education with technical and analytical skills? Join American University's SPA at the annual Ins...
12/09/2021

Looking to enhance your education with technical and analytical skills? Join American University's SPA at the annual Institute for Data Science & Big Data, a seven-day (Jan 2-8, 2022) online program to learn the basics of data science and necessary skills.

Looking to enhance your education with technical and analytical skills? Join American University's SPA at the annual Institute for Data Science & Big Data, a seven-day (Jan 2-8, 2022) online program to learn the basics of data science and necessary skills.

Join SPA Prof. Jane Palmer for the British Society of Criminology's Women, Crime and Criminal Justice Network's Critical...
12/07/2021

Join SPA Prof. Jane Palmer for the British Society of Criminology's Women, Crime and Criminal Justice Network's Critical Conversations in Gender & Crime annual event on "Criminological Identities / Identity Criminologies" this Wednesday, Dec 8, at 9 a.m. Register here: https://bit.ly/31pQbFv

Join SPA Prof. Jane Palmer for the British Society of Criminology's Women, Crime and Criminal Justice Network's Critical Conversations in Gender & Crime annual event on "Criminological Identities / Identity Criminologies" this Wednesday, Dec 8, at 9 a.m. Register here: https://bit.ly/31pQbFv

#SPACenterSpotlights: The Metropolitan Policy Center, directed by Prof. Derek Hyra, works with policymakers and the medi...
12/06/2021

#SPACenterSpotlights: The Metropolitan Policy Center, directed by Prof. Derek Hyra, works with policymakers and the media to seek solutions to 21st century metropolitan and urban challenges. Learn more about the Metropolitan Policy Center, American University & follow them on social media: https://bit.ly/3HA1Stj

#SPACenterSpotlights: The Metropolitan Policy Center, directed by Prof. Derek Hyra, works with policymakers and the media to seek solutions to 21st century metropolitan and urban challenges. Learn more about the Metropolitan Policy Center, American University & follow them on social media: https://bit.ly/3HA1Stj

How do background checks affect gun violence? SPA Prof. Janice Iwama attempts to answer this question by examining the e...
12/06/2021
Do Background Checks Reduce Gun Violence?

How do background checks affect gun violence? SPA Prof. Janice Iwama attempts to answer this question by examining the early outcomes of Massachusetts gun control legislation. Read more about her findings here: https://bit.ly/3y11qjt

SPA Professor Examines Early Outcomes of the Massachusetts Gun Control Legislation

#SPACenterSpotlights: Under Director Lara Schwartz, the Project on Civil Discourse helps students understand speech not ...
12/03/2021

#SPACenterSpotlights: Under Director Lara Schwartz, the Project on Civil Discourse helps students understand speech not only as a right, but also its responsibilities, values, and opportunities. Learn more about PCD & follow them on social media: https://bit.ly/3Eidyid

#SPACenterSpotlights: Under Director Lara Schwartz, the Project on Civil Discourse helps students understand speech not only as a right, but also its responsibilities, values, and opportunities. Learn more about PCD & follow them on social media: https://bit.ly/3Eidyid

Tonight, Dec 2, at 5:30 p.m.: Join SPA Prof. & PTI's Dir. Alan Levine for a conversation on "Why We Are Restless: On the...
12/02/2021

Tonight, Dec 2, at 5:30 p.m.: Join SPA Prof. & PTI's Dir. Alan Levine for a conversation on "Why We Are Restless: On the Modern Quest for Contentment," w/ Professors Benjamin & Jenna Storey, Furman University. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/3r16m6r

Tonight, Dec 2, at 5:30 p.m.: Join SPA Prof. & PTI's Dir. Alan Levine for a conversation on "Why We Are Restless: On the Modern Quest for Contentment," w/ Professors Benjamin & Jenna Storey, Furman University. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/3r16m6r

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