School of Public Affairs

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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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 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.

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

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Analysis of Affordable Care Act Shows Promising Impact on Health

As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marks its 10th anniversary, a new study of the literature on how the insurance expansions have affected health outcomes finds encouraging news.
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Taryn Morrisey

Research ·

New Grants Support Examinations of Access to Quality Child Care

SPA Associate Professor Taryn Morrissey was awarded two grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to examine the barriers for low-income families in enrolling children in early childcare and preschool.
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Female ambassadors at International Women's Day event

On Campus ·

Female Ambassadors Share Stories on International Women’s Day

Female ambassadors to the U.S. from Afghanistan, Iceland, Oman and Rwanda spoke on campus at a panel moderated by Betsy Fischer Martin, executive director of the American University School of Public Affairs’ Women and Politics March 4.
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