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

Upon coming to AU, I knew I wanted to study the intersection of policy and law.

Lexi Ivers SPA/BA’18, is using her personal experience and current coursework to prepare her for a career fighting for foster children in the U.S. Ivers was just 16 when she began working with at-risk youth in the foster care system of Philadelphia. She knew at that time she wanted to gain a deeper understanding of the system, and she dreamed of changing it. Read Lexi's Story »

Showing my students how to learn from research has been an important tool.

American University School of Public Affairs Assistant Professor Tricia Bacon has been recognized by AU for her excellence in teaching and research as part of the annual University-wide teaching and research awards.

“Research helps illustrate many of the points I make in my classes and it serves as a way to connect theory and impact," said Bacon. Continue reading »


Supreme Court Nominee Policy Explainer

Nearly a full year after Justice Antonin Scalia's death left the Supreme Court with a vacancy, President Trump nominated Colorado federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the spot. Watch as SPA Professor Jon Gould, an expert justice and court issues, weighs in and talks about the nominee.

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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

Houston Police arrests a young man in downtown Houston.


New Report Reveals Urgent Need to Educate Americans on Right to Counsel

The right to an attorney in a criminal case hails from the United States Constitution; however, according to a new report very few participants from focus groups were aware of this.

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer Paul Bledsoe


Climate, Energy Expert Joins SPA’s Center for Environmental Policy

Paul Bledsoe, an expert specializing in tax policy, energy, natural resources, and climate change, has joined SPA’s Center for Environmental Policy as an adjunct professorial lecturer.

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William K. Reilly Awards Ceremony & Lecture


AU School of Public Affairs in the Media

  • Capri Cafaro, SPA executive in residence, wrote an op-ed for the Washington Examiner about the CBO's report on the American Health Care Act.

  • Chris Edelson, SPA assistant professor, co-wrote an article for MarketWatch predicting the political effects of a market downturn.

  • Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke with the New York Times about the dearth of women in state politics.