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Numbers Hold Power

"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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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

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SPA to Host American Journal of Political Science, Among Other Top Research Journals

The American Journal of Political Science joins two other quarterly, peer-reviewed research publications that moved to SPA this year. SPA will host AJPS for one year.
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Tricia Bacon talks about her book

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New Book Examines How Terrorist Groups Become Allies

A new book, Why Terrorist Groups Form International Alliances, by SPA Assistant Professor Tricia Bacon, examines why some terrorist groups choose to work together.
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DNA Strand

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Visiting Researcher Shares Latest on Efforts to Regulate Genetic Resources

Nicolas Pauchard of the University of Lausanne recently shared findings from his research on governing genetic resources at an SPA event.
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SPA Faculty in the News

  • SPA Assistant Professor Tricia Bacon, co-authored an article for The Washington Post analyzing the role Osama bin Laden’s death played in the rise of the Islamic State.

  • SPA Associate Professor Derek Hyra, spoke to The New York Times about the effect gentrification and what can be done to maintain Durham, NC's diversity.

  • Executive-in-Residence Capri Cafaro, appeared on Fox News to talk about the controversy surrounding Michelle Wolf’s monologue at the White House Correspondents Dinner.