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"After being in this program, I've learned to look at numbers with a new appreciation. I believe numbers hold power. Now I see how data analysis cuts straight to the core message and efficacy of a policy."
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Race, Class, and Politics in "The Cappuccino City"

The phrase “cappuccino city” refers to previously low-income, minority neighborhoods that are experiencing major demographic shifts caused by the influx of mid-to-upper income, white millennials. It’s happening in the Bronx in New York City, in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, and in the Shaw area of Washington, D.C. Shaw is the neighborhood at the center of SPA Associate Professor Derek Hyra’s new book, Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City.

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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

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Achievements ·

SPA Students Recognized with 2018 American University Awards

SPA students were among those recently honored with University Awards for their exceptional work and accomplishments.
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Aaron Torop, SPA/BA ’18, presenting research

Research ·

SPA Sponsors Six Undergraduate Students to Present Research at National Conference

For the third year in a row, SPA sponsored six students to attend the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
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House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks at a memorial service held for Lorenzen in April.

Alumni ·

SPA Alumnus Remembered for Leadership on Capitol Hill

House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Members of Congress spoke recently at a memorial for SPA alumnus Ed Lorenzen, SPA/BA '92, who died tragically in a house fire.
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SPA Faculty in the News

  • Director of the Women and Politics Institute, Jennifer Lawless, spoke to Vice News about the success of women candidates in the 2018 primaries.

  • Assistant Professor of public affairs, Tricia Bacon, appeared on WTOP Radio’s The Hunt to discuss her new book about international alliances between terrorist groups.

  • Assistant Professor of public affairs, Chris Edelson, co-wrote an opinion article for The Conversation about the relationship between politics and business.