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Results of Graduation Census as of six months after graduation for May graduates from 2013—2015.

Service with Compassion

Compassion is a trait they have in common, and a commitment beyond themselves.

Every year, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation honors a select group of students for their leadership, academic achievement, and commitment to public service. American University recently learned that not one, but two, of its students earned this distinction. Lexi Ivers and Shyheim Snead, both juniors in AU’s School of Public Affairs, are 2017 Truman scholars. Read More »


Politics of Science

In an era of political polarization, science is sometimes used as a rhetorical weapon. Research findings for a wide variety of issues – ranging from the economy to climate change, poverty to immunizations – have become political talking points. Watch as SPA Assistant Professor Liz Suhay, an expert in political bias, talks about the politics of science.

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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

A small child staring at a hand gun within reach on a table.


High-profile Mass Shooting Incidences Associated with Improved Gun Safety at Home

In the wake of high profile shootings, how do the parents of young children respond with regard to guns in the home?

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SPA Dean Barbara Romzek, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and WCL Senior Associate Dean Lia Epperson.

On Campus

Luxembourg Forum Features Prominent Judges from the United States and European Union

American University’s School of Public Affairs and Washington College of Law cohosted the Academic Conference of the 2017 Luxembourg Forum on April 21.

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Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City

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AU School of Public Affairs in the Media

  • David Lublin, SPA professor, spoke to Roll Call about why Democrats and Republicans are struggling to work together on a new spending bill.

  • Capri Cafaro, SPA executive in residence, appeared on FOX News to discuss the anti-Trump protests in Berkeley, California.

  • Research from Seth Gershenson, SPA associate professor, was featured in a Washington Post article on the benefits of diverse faculty in high schools.