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 www.twitter.com/AU_SPA

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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12/21/2020
American University Alumni Association

American University Alumni Association

As a student at American University, Deon Jones was already an activist – and the youngest elected official in DC history. His friends, family, faculty, and mentors anticipated his bright future. None of them could have imagined this.

This past May, Deon was participating in a peaceful protest in Los Angeles where he was shot in the face with a rubber bullet. Doctors said if it struck an inch left or right, it could have blinded or killed him. Learn his story. And share your own. #AUAlumni2020

SPA Prof. Jim Eisenmann discusses the negative impacts of President Trump’s Executive Order 13957, which creates a new t...
12/19/2020
Trump’s Plan to Gut the Civil Service

SPA Prof. Jim Eisenmann discusses the negative impacts of President Trump’s Executive Order 13957, which creates a new type of civil service position called Schedule F, in the Lawfare blog. Read more: https://bit.ly/37f19O7

By creating a new type of federal position, Schedule F, President Trump has empowered federal agencies to move scores of career federal employees into positions for which job protections would be eliminated—and shift political employees into career roles.

12/18/2020
American University Alumni Association

American University Alumni Association

Early in 2020, American University alumnus Mark Bucher pivoted his restaurant business (Medium Rare) in service to his community. While keeping all his employees on payroll, Mark used his business acumen, extensive network, and an army of volunteers to get fresh meals to thousands of neighbors – from senior citizens to school children. Learn his story. And share your own. #AUAlumni2020

SPA Prof. Michael Cohen was quoted in this History Channel article about President James K. Polk’s owning and purchasing...
12/17/2020
This President Secretly Purchased Enslaved Children While in Office

SPA Prof. Michael Cohen was quoted in this History Channel article about President James K. Polk’s owning and purchasing Black people as slaves. “[Polk] described in a letter to his cousin [that] he preferred slaves who were young & effective,” Cohen said. Read more: https://bit.ly/3msLnU4

James Polk bought 19 people during his presidency, at least 13 of whom were children.

12/17/2020
American University Alumni Association

American University Alumni Association

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser always knew she wanted to be in government – and she uses lessons learned at American University every day. As 2020 draws to a close, she speaks to the important work undertaken in the city AU calls home. Learn her story. And share your own. #AUAlumni2020

12/16/2020
American University Alumni Association

American University Alumni Association

As 2020 draws to a close, American University is honoring changemaking alumni who have been on the front lines this past year, making real impacts on their communities and our world. Stay tuned in the coming days to hear their stories and share your own. #AUAlumni2020

SPA Prof. David Barker was recently interviewed by Christopher Johnson about President Trump's accusations of election f...
12/16/2020
EPISODE 4: ON A KNIFE'S EDGE by The Apex Report • A podcast on Anchor

SPA Prof. David Barker was recently interviewed by Christopher Johnson about President Trump's accusations of election fraud on American Democracy, the fate of the Republican Party, & the future of American politics. Listen via The Apex Report: https://bit.ly/2K9R7Fe

On today's episode Christopher Johnson speaks to Professor David Barker, Professor of Government at American University. They discuss President Donald Trump's accusations of election fraud on American Democracy, the centring of conspiracy theories and racial animus in the Republican Party and what t...

Interested in applying to a graduate program? Join our grad admissions team this Thursday, December 17, to learn how to ...
12/15/2020

Interested in applying to a graduate program? Join our grad admissions team this Thursday, December 17, to learn how to build & bolster your graduate application! Register here & apply for free: http://bit.ly/2GHp6m9

SPA is thrilled to share that Assoc. Prof. Bradley Hardy won a 2020 grant for the Urban Institute's WorkRise Initiative ...
12/14/2020

SPA is thrilled to share that Assoc. Prof. Bradley Hardy won a 2020 grant for the Urban Institute's WorkRise Initiative for his project “Cash and Near-Cash Safety Net Programs and Labor Market Outcomes.” Read more: https://bit.ly/3mfS244

12/13/2020
SPA Commencement Remarks 2020

Congratulations, SPA Class of 2020! Watch the commencement remarks from SPA Dean Vicky M. Wilkins and Students Speakers Yazan Hanouneh (SPA/BA '20) & Lisa Gruenloh (SPA/MPAP '20). #2020AUGrad #2020SPAGrad

12/13/2020
American University

American University

We are proud to present our Fall Commencement Celebration, featuring guest speaker, journalist Andrea Mitchell. Although we can’t be together in person, President Burwell wants graduates to know, “We are still celebrating you, the great class of 2020, and all of your accomplishments… This is an enormous achievement and today is your day.”

Introducing SPA 2020 commencement student speaker Yazan Hanouneh! As an undergrad at American University, Yazan received...
12/13/2020

Introducing SPA 2020 commencement student speaker Yazan Hanouneh! As an undergrad at American University, Yazan received the AU Eagle Involvement Award & the AU Outstanding New Student Leader Award. He also served as the director of the Kennedy Political Union & the president of the AU College Democrats. #2020AUGrad #2020SPAGrad

Meet SPA 2020 commencement graduate student speaker Lisa Gruenloh. Since completing her MPAP program in May 2020, Lisa h...
12/13/2020

Meet SPA 2020 commencement graduate student speaker Lisa Gruenloh. Since completing her MPAP program in May 2020, Lisa has created & launched a new venture – Purpose Journal by Purpose Journey®, as part of her consulting & coaching business. #2020AUGrad #2020SPAGrad

12/13/2020
Commencement Day 2020

Happy Commencement day! Congratulations on your achievement and resilience! Until we can be together again, we celebrate you.
Here's a graduation playlist we put together just for you: spoti.fi/35J34br #2020AUGrad #2020SPAGrad

SPA students: Don't forget to treat yourself to improve your performance during exams! #SPAFinalsWeek
12/11/2020

SPA students: Don't forget to treat yourself to improve your performance during exams! #SPAFinalsWeek

SPA Prof. William M. LeoGrande was quoted in this New York Times article about Cuba's recent rare protest. “It is this a...
12/11/2020
‘On Social Media, There Are Thousands’: In Cuba, Internet Fuels Rare Protests

SPA Prof. William M. LeoGrande was quoted in this New York Times article about Cuba's recent rare protest. “It is this awakening of civil society, facilitated by the spread of the internet & social media, which is posing this challenge to the government,” he said. Read more: https://nyti.ms/3maez1Z

Artists gathered by the hundreds in Cuba’s largest protest in decades after seeing videos of police detentions that were filmed on cellphones and circulated online.

SPA students: We hope this tip helps you organize your day and make your study time more efficient during #SPAFinalsWeek...
12/10/2020

SPA students: We hope this tip helps you organize your day and make your study time more efficient during #SPAFinalsWeek (Source: Greatist Media)

SPA students: It's okay to take frequent breaks during #SPAFinalsWeek (Source: Archer Education)
12/09/2020

SPA students: It's okay to take frequent breaks during #SPAFinalsWeek (Source: Archer Education)

Finals are here! Make sure you move around when you're studying –– a change of scenery can help you retain information. ...
12/08/2020

Finals are here! Make sure you move around when you're studying –– a change of scenery can help you retain information. #SPAFinalsWeek

Interested in applying to a graduate program? Join our grad admissions team on Thursday, December 17, to learn how to bu...
12/05/2020

Interested in applying to a graduate program? Join our grad admissions team on Thursday, December 17, to learn how to build & bolster your graduate application! Register here & apply for free: http://bit.ly/2GHp6m9

Interested in applying to a graduate program? Join our grad admissions team on Thursday, Dec 10, for a virtual info sess...
12/04/2020

Interested in applying to a graduate program? Join our grad admissions team on Thursday, Dec 10, for a virtual info session that will cover SPA's graduate degree programs, application deadlines, & requirements! Register here: bit.ly/2GHp6m9

SPA students: Register now for the course "Climate Change, Science, & the Politics of Shared Sacrifice," taught by Prof....
12/04/2020

SPA students: Register now for the course "Climate Change, Science, & the Politics of Shared Sacrifice," taught by Prof. Todd Eisenstadt, research dir. of SPA’s Center for Environmental Policy. This course will explore political, scientific, social, & economic facets of the climate change challenges: https://bit.ly/3oluBrw

SPA is proud to expand its cybersecurity policy expertise & curriculum in 2020. Learn more about #SPACyber here: https:/...
12/03/2020

SPA is proud to expand its cybersecurity policy expertise & curriculum in 2020. Learn more about #SPACyber here: https://bit.ly/3lyxlzL

SPA Prof. Seo-young Silvia Kim recently co-wrote a book entitled “Securing American Elections: How Data-Driven Election ...
12/02/2020
SPA Professor Coauthors Book on Election Security

SPA Prof. Seo-young Silvia Kim recently co-wrote a book entitled “Securing American Elections: How Data-Driven Election Monitoring Can Improve Our Democracy,” which discusses the integrity of the 2018 mid-term elections in Orange County, CA. Read more: https://bit.ly/37xcIiq

The book was published on November 26 by Cambridge University Press, and a digital version is available to download for free until today, December 2: https://bit.ly/3g1S65P

SPA Assistant Professor Seo-young Silvia Kim’s new book discusses the integrity of the 2018 mid-term elections in Orange County, CA.

REMINDER: Join SPA’s Center for Environmental Policy, Director Daniel J. Fiorino, Research Director Todd Eisenstadt, & g...
12/02/2020

REMINDER: Join SPA’s Center for Environmental Policy, Director Daniel J. Fiorino, Research Director Todd Eisenstadt, & guests for a panel discussion on "Populism, Democracy, & Climate: Adaptation in Politically Sensitive Environments" today, Dec 2, at 6 p.m. RSVP: https://bit.ly/3ipuzvg

Interested in applying to a graduate program? Join our grad admissions team tomorrow, December 2, to learn how to build ...
12/01/2020

Interested in applying to a graduate program? Join our grad admissions team tomorrow, December 2, to learn how to build & bolster your graduate application! Can't attend? Register for the next virtual application coaching session & apply for free: http://bit.ly/2GHp6m9

SPA Prof. Bradley Hardy was quoted in this Wall Street Journal article about how the growing gap in unemployment rates s...
12/01/2020
Disparity in Jobless Rates Suggests Black Workers Face Slower Recovery

SPA Prof. Bradley Hardy was quoted in this Wall Street Journal article about how the growing gap in unemployment rates suggests “Black Americans can expect to have a longer and slower recovery from the 2020 economic recession.” Read his insights here: https://on.wsj.com/3fU0cxn [Subscription Required]

For Black Americans to have the same job prospects as whites, they often need to hold more-advanced credentials.

11/27/2020

SPA Prof. Andrew Flores was quoted in a Washington Post article entitled “How a Biden presidency could advance transgender rights — & lead to backlash.” According to Flores, “Anti-LGBTQ backlash can ultimately be a source of potential change.” Read more: https://wapo.st/33yhOdp

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