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Numbers Hold Power

"After being in this program, I've learned to look at numbers with a new appreciation. I believe numbers hold power. Now I see how data analysis cuts straight to the core message and efficacy of a policy."
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Early Childcare Policy Explainer

SPA Assistant Professor Taryn Morrissey's work centers on examining and improving public policies for vulnerable children. Ongoing research examines the social determinants of food insecurity and obesity, and the impacts of neighborhood poverty and family instability on children's development. She is one of the authors of the book, Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality.

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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

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Six months after graduation,

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

Downstairs at the White House book cover

Alumni ·

Alumnus Publishes Memoir About His Teen Years Working at the White House

Don Stinson (SPA/BA ’77) worked as a White House messenger when he was a freshman at SPA. His new book, “Downstairs at the White House,” details his experience with politicians at the highest levels — all while studying political science at SPA.
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Politics of Truth speakers

Government & Politics ·

National Experts Gather at AU School of Public Affairs to Discuss ‘Politics of Truth’

Perceptions of factual reality increasingly come in partisan shades of red and blue. To better understand this phenomenon, SPA recently hosted a forum called “The Politics of Truth.”
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Darren Walker speaking

On Campus ·

Ford Foundation President Talks About Justice and Opportunity for All

Ford Foundation President Darren Walker told faculty and students at American University on April 4 that addressing growing inequality in the world is his organization’s top priority.
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The Hill's Leadership in Action

April 11, 2018 | 8-9:30am The Newseum | Wash., DC

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