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School of Public Affairs

Alum Receives Critical Acclaim for Debut Novel

During her time at American University's School of Public Affairs, Lara Prescott, SPA/BA ’04, knew she wanted to be a writer. After years of working on political campaigns after graduation, she took a risk, quit her “day job” and devoted herself to blending her love of politics with her love of writing fiction. Flash forward to the present day and her new book, The Secrets We Kept, has sold for $2 million at auction and has been optioned to be made into a movie.

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What Does the U.S. Economy Need Right Now?

The COVID-19 pandemic has surfaced income disparities in the U.S. economy, leading to critical decisions made by the President and lawmakers both federally and locally. SPA Associate Professor Bradley Hardy states what has already been done for Americans during the U.S. economic shutdown due to COVID-19, recommends what the U.S. government should do next, and uncovers the consequences the U.S. economy might endure in the aftermath of this national emergency.

AU SPA ranked #13 out of 276 schools of public affairs

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American University’s School of Public Affairs Receives High Recognition in New U.S. News & World Report Rankings

AU SPA Receives High Recognition in U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Public Affairs Graduate Schools rankings
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SPA on COVID-19

School of Public Affairs faculty, students, and alumni are tackling issues brought on by the novel coronavirus.

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Graduate Recruitment Events

Browse our graduate recruitment events to meet SPA on campus, on the road, or through one of our virtual sessions!

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#SPACyber: Policy Studies in Cybersecurity

#SPACyber is a practioner informed, research driven hub of cyber curriculum, thought leadership, and engagement.

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Lessons on Addressing Climate Change from Bangladesh and the Global South

A CEP panel of experts discussed climate adaptation in Bangladesh
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Research Traces the Roots of Conservative and Liberal Thinking

A new study co-authored by AU School of Public Affairs (SPA) Professor David Barker examines how people’s views of human nature influence their political beliefs.
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Sine Fellows

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New Sine Institute of Policy & Politics Fellows to Drive Critical Dialogues and Policy Innovation at American University

Sine Institute Announces New Fellows
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number 13 among 276 public affairs schools

by U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Public Affairs Graduate School Rankings

number 4 for Public Management and Leadership

by U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings

number 4 for International Global Policy & Administration

by U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Public Affairs Graduate School Rankings