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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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In a recent poll, 65 percent of Democratic voters said that they have heard the media say that a woman is not electable as president. However, Betsy Fischer Martin, Executive Director of the Women & Politics Institute at SPA argues that because there are 102 women serving in Congress, women are more optimistic about the future of women representation. This begs the question: what will electability mean to voters looking ahead to the 2020 Presidential Elections?

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Evidence Shows Costly Superfund Cleanup Worth the Investment

New research by SPA Assistant Professor Claudia Persico finds prenatal exposure to hazardous waste contamination during pregnancy can significantly hurt a child’s development and performance in school.
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Politics of the Plate: New Sine Fellow Wants You to Understand Food Systems and Policy

Katherine Miller is a communications executive and advocate for the culinary community.
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The Hard Questions: The Center for University Excellence Will Confront Pressing Issues in Higher Ed

Provost Emeritus Scott Bass and Professor Cynthia Miller-Idriss will lead a new research-based center.
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