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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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SPA Faculty Weigh In on What to Expect in 2020

Each December, we ask the SPA community for predictions for the coming year. This year, we asked the SPA Faculty to weigh in.

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by U.S. News & World Report's 2020 Public Affairs Graduate School Rankings

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by U.S. News & World Report's 2020 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings

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by U.S. News & World Report's 2020 Public Affairs Graduate School Rankings

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New Research: Stepping Up and Standing Out: Women's Political Participation in 2020

Announcement ·

Stepping Up and Standing Out

A new online nationwide survey reveals that women of all ages and political affiliations — particularly millennials and women of color—have become more politically engaged since 2016.
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Government & Politics ·

Experts Analyze Survey Showing Wave of Women Engaged in Politics

Nearly one-third of likely women voters report increased political involvement since 2016, according to the national Gender on the Ballot poll.
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Research ·

Study of Zika Virus Misinformation Reveals Need to Rethink Public Health Messaging

With international focus on the outbreak of the coronavirus, a study by a group of scholars, including SPA Associate Professor Thomas Zeitzoff, points to lessons from public health campaigns conducted during previous outbreaks.
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Julian Bond Oral History Project

Documenting the professional rise of Julian Bond.

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