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Celebrating Women's History Month

Ferraro was the first female vice presidential candidate to represent a major American political party. Ferraro was a public school teacher and attorney before being elected to Congress to represent New York’s 9th Congressional District. During the Clinton administration, she was appointed United States Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

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Race, Class, and Politics in "The Cappuccino City"

The phrase “cappuccino city” refers to previously low-income, minority neighborhoods that are experiencing major demographic shifts caused by the influx of mid-to-upper income, white millennials. It’s happening in the Bronx in New York City, in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, and in the Shaw area of Washington, D.C. Shaw is the neighborhood at the center of SPA Associate Professor Derek Hyra’s new book, Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City.

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17 books published by SPA faculty in 2015-16

100 published academic journal articles written by SPA faculty in 2015-16

5,000 plus SPA media mentions in 2015-16

Understanding How the Prison Population Rises as Crime Falls


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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What is the Impact of Bullying on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Students?


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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Politics of Truth Conference

March 28, 2018 | 8am-8pm

Join us for a day of presentations with renowned political scientists and leading journalists roundtable discussion.

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SPA in the Media

  • Howard McCurdy, Professor of Public Affairs, spoke to The Associated Press about President Trump's plans for a military space force

  • Chris Edelson, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs, spoke to CBC News about the upheaval in the Trump administration.

  • Taryn Morrissey, Associate Professor of Public Administration, wrote an opinion article for The Conversation about the high costs of child care in America.

The Hill's Leadership in Action

March 21, 2018 | 8-9:30am The Newseum | Wash., DC

A series of conversations exploring the values, leadership styles and vision for the nation.


Key Executive Women in Leadership Forum, American University Spring Valley Building

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