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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 »

Faculty

Federal Hiring Freeze Policy Explainer

President Trump issued an across-the-board employment freeze for the federal government on January 23, halting hiring for all new and existing positions, with few exceptions. Watch as the Director of SPA’s Key Leadership Program Patrick Malone, an expert on federal government issues, weighs in and talks about the freeze.

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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

Seth Gershenson, center, accepts the award for Best Research Article.

Achievements

Seth Gershenson Wins Award for Best Research Article

SPA Associate Professor Seth Gershenson was recognized by the editors of the "Journal of Education, Finance and Policy" as the author of the best article published in 2016.

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The Public Purpose. Journal of American University's School of Public Affairs. Spring 2017.

Student Life

The Public Purpose Journal Celebrates 15 Years with Latest Edition

The Public Purpose Journal – the peer-reviewed journal of SPA graduate students – unveiled its 2017 edition.

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Executives work on problem-solving at the table.

8th Annual Key Executive Leadership Conference

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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.