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Six months after graduation,

% of Graduates are now Working, Grad School, or Both

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Results of Graduation Census as of six months after graduation for May graduates from 2014—2016.

AU's Stake in the Twin Cities

Every day millions of Americans make a Target run. SPA Alumna Irene Quarshie ensures that everything on their shopping lists—from clothes to furniture to paper plates—meets the retail giant's standards for product safety, quality assurance, and responsible sourcing. "I love the scope of my job," says Quarshie, who oversees about 400 employees around the globe. Read More »


Early Childcare Policy Explainer

SPA Assistant Professor Taryn Morrissey's work centers on examining and improving public policies for vulnerable children. Ongoing research examines the social determinants of food insecurity and obesity, and the impacts of neighborhood poverty and family instability on children's development. She is one of the authors of the book, Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality.

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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

SPA Professor Jennifer Lawless, center, displays a copy of her American University award.


School of Public Affairs Students and Faculty Recognized for Service and Teaching

This year, several SPA faculty and students were recognized by American University for their significant contributions to the areas of teaching, research, and service.

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AU Honors Students 2017

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SPA Students Recognized for Community Service, Leadership, and Scholarship

Five SPA students were recognized recently for their efforts to make a difference in their community.

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Flowers bloom outside of the Ward Circle Building

2017 Public Management Research Conference

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AU School of Public Affairs in the Media

  • Research by Dave Marcotte, SPA professor, was cited by the New York Times for an article about the relationship between allergies and student test scores.

  • Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke with the Sydney Morning Herald about the need for more women to run for office.

  • Anita McBride, SPA executive in residence, wrote an op-ed for The Hill about why the First Lady can be a catalyst for positive change.