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.
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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
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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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Join SPA’s Women & Politics Institute & ED Betsy Fischer Martin for a webinar on women, smoking, & public health w/ form...
03/23/2021

Join SPA’s Women & Politics Institute & ED Betsy Fischer Martin for a webinar on women, smoking, & public health w/ former Congresswoman Donna Shalala, Patrice Harris, former president, the American Medical Association, & Laurie Rubiner, EVP for Domestic Programs of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, on Wednesday, March 31. RSVP: https://bit.ly/3ccGTPy

Join SPA’s Center for Environmental Policy & Director Dan Fiorino for a conversation with Bill Reilly & select winners o...
03/19/2021

Join SPA’s Center for Environmental Policy & Director Dan Fiorino for a conversation with Bill Reilly & select winners of the William K. Reilly scholarship at American University to address their visions for the future of environmental policy on Tuesday, March 23. RSVP: https://bit.ly/3cPg6rC

SPA Prof. Bradley Hardy recently spoke with NPR about two Congress plans that aim to address child poverty. Hardy said, ...
03/19/2021
With One Move, Congress Could Lift Millions Of Children Out Of Poverty

SPA Prof. Bradley Hardy recently spoke with NPR about two Congress plans that aim to address child poverty. Hardy said, "My view is that it's the right thing to do, but also that it's sound economic policy." Read More: https://n.pr/3cb4yP7

Lawmakers are weighing a proposal to give families with kids a monthly cash benefit to help ease the lifelong pull of poverty. Experts say it could cut U.S. child poverty nearly in half.

Join SPA’s Center for Environmental Policy for a panel discussion on how the transition to sustainable development is vi...
03/18/2021

Join SPA’s Center for Environmental Policy for a panel discussion on how the transition to sustainable development is viewed by different economic sectors around the world, moderated by SPA Prof. Todd Eisenstadt, on Thursday, March 25, at 1 p.m. RSVP: https://bit.ly/2NYo4WH

SPA Prof. Taryn Morrissey has updated & re-released her 2017 book, “Cradle to Kindergarten," which suggests evidence-bas...
03/17/2021

SPA Prof. Taryn Morrissey has updated & re-released her 2017 book, “Cradle to Kindergarten," which suggests evidence-based policy solutions to America’s early childhood problems. Read more: https://bit.ly/3vCcS3i

To mark the publication & share its new findings, SPA will host a webinar w/ remarks from U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott tonight, March 17, at 5:30 p.m. RSVP: https://bit.ly/3tdM07T

Join SPA Prof. James A. Thurber for the keynote event in the Thurber Dialogues on American Democracy, featuring Robert D...
03/17/2021

Join SPA Prof. James A. Thurber for the keynote event in the Thurber Dialogues on American Democracy, featuring Robert D. Putnam & Shaylyn Romney Garrett, co-authors of “The Upswing,” on Wednesday, March 24, at 6 p.m. RSVP: https://bit.ly/3opm86l

SPA is proud to share that our Ph.D. Candidate Alberto Jacinto will be joining the Texas Tech University as a Postdoctor...
03/16/2021

SPA is proud to share that our Ph.D. Candidate Alberto Jacinto will be joining the Texas Tech University as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Fall 2021! Thanks to his dissertation committee: Profs Seth Gershenson, Dave Marcotte, and Nathan Favero.

#SPACyber: Join us for a virtual career panel w/ #cybersecurity experts from the FBI, NSA, U.S. Secret Service, & Cybers...
03/15/2021

#SPACyber: Join us for a virtual career panel w/ #cybersecurity experts from the FBI, NSA, U.S. Secret Service, & Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on March 17 at noon. AU Vice Provost for Research Diana Burley will provide opening remarks. RSVP: https://bit.ly/2OS3o36

SPA students! Join SPA’s Spring 2021 Industry Days – Campaigns, Congress, & Lobbies on March 15, 16, & 17, featuring two...
03/12/2021

SPA students! Join SPA’s Spring 2021 Industry Days – Campaigns, Congress, & Lobbies on March 15, 16, & 17, featuring two separate panels – Campaign & Lobbying. Register via Handshake login:
👉 Campaign Panel: https://bit.ly/2Nb23Uw
👉 Lobbying Panel: https://bit.ly/3qLKwQp

Join SPA & the Russell Sage Foundation for a webinar on the second edition of “Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Com...
03/12/2021

Join SPA & the Russell Sage Foundation for a webinar on the second edition of “Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality,” featuring co-authors SPA Prof. Taryn Morrissey, Ajay Chaudry, & Christina Weiland, joined by U.S. Representative Bobby Scott, Ruth Marcus, Miriam Calderon, & Melissa Boteach. RSVP: https://bit.ly/3tdM07T

SPA Prof. Seth Gershenson published a book, w/ Mike Hansen & Constance Lindsay, entitled "Teacher Diversity and Student ...
03/12/2021
SPA Professor Publishes Book on Importance of Teacher Diversity

SPA Prof. Seth Gershenson published a book, w/ Mike Hansen & Constance Lindsay, entitled "Teacher Diversity and Student Success," which makes the case for creating a teaching force that is as diverse as the student body it serves. Read more: https://bit.ly/382KZaA

Teacher Diversity and Student Success makes the case for creating a teaching force that is as diverse as the student body it serves.

Tomorrow, March 12, at 6 p.m.: Join us for the webinar “Women in Homeland Security Panel 2021.” Three panelists across t...
03/11/2021

Tomorrow, March 12, at 6 p.m.: Join us for the webinar “Women in Homeland Security Panel 2021.” Three panelists across the Department of Homeland Security will discuss the unique challenges women face in the field of homeland security. RSVP: https://bit.ly/3qA0BJ5

03/10/2021
Countering COVID: Maintaining Emotional Balance & Well-Being During the Pandemic

Countering COVID: Maintaining Emotional Balance & Well-Being During the Pandemic

Join American University’s School of Public Affairs as we celebrate AU's Wellness Week with a webinar featuring Michael LeNoir, Claire Milliken, Jacquelin Darby, & Monique Lenoir. Panelists will discuss how to maintain emotional health & re-enter society after #COVID19.

Join this live program via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88343461204?pwd=RWE2Q2xDcFJmZllRSVZMeWFTbmN4dz09

Nominations for the 2021 William K. Reilly Awards, granted by SPA’s Center for Environmental Policy, are open. We encour...
03/10/2021

Nominations for the 2021 William K. Reilly Awards, granted by SPA’s Center for Environmental Policy, are open. We encourage you to nominate state, indigenous, local, corporate, and community leaders, from both the US and abroad, from now until March 26 at 11:59 p.m. (ET). See the nomination criteria & details here: https://bit.ly/3ekIeFy

Join SPA, AU’s Center for Neuroscience & Behavior, & AU's Washington College of Law for the webinar “How Brain Science C...
03/09/2021

Join SPA, AU’s Center for Neuroscience & Behavior, & AU's Washington College of Law for the webinar “How Brain Science Can Transform the Law,” featuring Francis X. Shen, Professor of Law at University of Minnesota, on Wednesday, March 10, at noon. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3bs9G2r

Join SPA as we celebrate American University's Wellness Week w/ a webinar on Wednesday, March 10, featuring Michael Leno...
03/08/2021

Join SPA as we celebrate American University's Wellness Week w/ a webinar on Wednesday, March 10, featuring Michael Lenoir, Claire Milliken, Jacquelin Darby, & Monique Lenoir. The panelists will discuss how to maintain emotional health & re-enter society after #COVID19. RSVP: https://bit.ly/30ip22R

Congratulations to SPA Prof. Richard Bennett on winning the 2021 Academy Fellow Award from the Academy of Criminal Justi...
03/05/2021

Congratulations to SPA Prof. Richard Bennett on winning the 2021 Academy Fellow Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Join SPA's Metropolitan Policy Center, the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, & the DC Public Library for the film screening ...
03/04/2021

Join SPA's Metropolitan Policy Center, the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, & the DC Public Library for the film screening & discussion of the documentary "Go-Go City: Displacement and Protest in Washington, DC," featuring Director SamuelGeorge, the Bertelsmann Foundation, & Sabiyha Prince, DC artist & anthropologist, on Thursday, March 11. RSVP: https://bit.ly/3kLhQ8T

Join SPA's Political Theory Institute for a webinar on “The Life & Work of Gertrude Himmelfarb,” featuring William Krist...
03/03/2021

Join SPA's Political Theory Institute for a webinar on “The Life & Work of Gertrude Himmelfarb,” featuring William Kristol, director of Defending Democracy Together & former Sine Fellow, Matthew Continetti, founding editor of the Washington Free Beacon, Jerry Muller, Catholic University, emeritus, & Samuel Moyn, Yale University, on March 8. RSVP: https://bit.ly/2LLIjGo

#SPACyber: SPA team #CtrlAltElite is proud to return to the Atlantic Council #Cyber912 Strategy Challenge with a new tea...
03/03/2021

#SPACyber: SPA team #CtrlAltElite is proud to return to the Atlantic Council #Cyber912 Strategy Challenge with a new team in the Cyber Statecraft competition: Libby Wahlemayer, Evan Gertler, Stephanie Verbockel, Chris Rodriguez, Elizabeth Marge, and Arsene Frederic Jr. Good luck, team SPA!

Congratulations to SPA Prof. Ken Meier for receiving the 2021 Sylvester Murray Distinguished Mentor Award from the Confe...
03/02/2021

Congratulations to SPA Prof. Ken Meier for receiving the 2021 Sylvester Murray Distinguished Mentor Award from the Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA), a section of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA).

Join SPA’s Center for Environmental Policy for the first webinar in the "Climate Change Mitigation Webinar Series" this ...
03/01/2021

Join SPA’s Center for Environmental Policy for the first webinar in the "Climate Change Mitigation Webinar Series" this Thursday, March 4. SPA Prof. Todd Eisenstadt will lead a conversation w/ Ryna Yiyun Cui, Miranda Schreurs, & Navroz K. Dubash. Register here: https://bit.ly/2NYo4WH #ParisAgreement

SPA Prof. David Barker recently co-wrote an article for the Conversation US about the future of the Republican Party. Ac...
02/28/2021
A less Trumpy version of Trumpism might be the future of the Republican Party

SPA Prof. David Barker recently co-wrote an article for the Conversation US about the future of the Republican Party. According to the authors, “Polished populism – Trump’s policies without his personality – may be the future of the GOP’s identity.” Read more: https://bit.ly/3uDpQh0

Donald Trump's ticket to the White House was a coarse version of populism. Will his successors in the GOP be different – or simply present a more polished version of his antagonistic rhetoric?

Join SPA’s Center for Environmental Policy for the first webinar in the "Climate Change Mitigation Webinar Series" on Th...
02/26/2021

Join SPA’s Center for Environmental Policy for the first webinar in the "Climate Change Mitigation Webinar Series" on Thursday, March 4. SPA Prof. Todd Eisenstadt will lead a conversation w/ Joanna Lewis, Miranda Schreurs, & Navroz K. Dubash. Register here: https://bit.ly/2NYo4WH #ParisAgreement

Join SPA & AU's Center for Israel Studies for the 2021 Amos Perlmutter Memorial Lecture on "A New Middle East or More of...
02/26/2021

Join SPA & AU's Center for Israel Studies for the 2021 Amos Perlmutter Memorial Lecture on "A New Middle East or More of the Same? Israeli Strategic Opportunities & Challenges," featuring Ehud Barak, Israel's Tenth Prime Minister, on Monday, March 15. RSVP: https://bit.ly/2O5mySU

American University
02/26/2021

American University

Eagles, we met our extended 1,200 gift goal for this year's #FoundersDayChallenge. Thank you for stepping up and helping out. We couldn’t be more grateful for your generosity to help American University thrive. Know that your impact is immediate and we did it—together! 🎉 🦅

https://give.communityfunded.com/o/american-university/i/founders-day

Thank you for your gifts! We've surpassed our Founders Day goal! There's still time to make a gift to the SPA Student Em...
02/25/2021

Thank you for your gifts! We've surpassed our Founders Day goal! There's still time to make a gift to the SPA Student Emergency Fund before #FoundersDayChallenge ends at 7:00 p.m. Are you with us? https://bit.ly/37JaPjw

American University Alumni Association
02/25/2021

American University Alumni Association

We did it! In honor of meeting our goal early, Trustee Betsy Mangone, SPA/BA '65, has issued an additional #FoundersDayChallenge! Once we reach 1,200 gifts by 7 p.m. EST, we will unlock her generous $50,000 gift to American University.

https://give.communityfunded.com/o/american-university/i/founders-day

SPA Eagles! Only 50 donors to go until we meet the goal of 1,000 #FoundersDayChallenge gifts! Are you with us? All gifts...
02/25/2021

SPA Eagles! Only 50 donors to go until we meet the goal of 1,000 #FoundersDayChallenge gifts! Are you with us? All gifts, regardless of size, make a difference. https://bit.ly/2ZJgUrZ

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