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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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Politics of Science

In an era of political polarization, science is sometimes used as a rhetorical weapon. Research findings for a wide variety of issues – ranging from the economy to climate change, poverty to immunizations – have become political talking points. Watch as SPA Assistant Professor Liz Suhay, an expert in political bias, talks about the politics of science.

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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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On Campus ·

Ford Foundation President Talks About Justice and Opportunity for All

Ford Foundation President Darren Walker told faculty and students at American University on April 4 that addressing growing inequality in the world is his organization’s top priority.
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Politics of Truth speakers

Government & Politics ·

National Experts Gather at AU School of Public Affairs to Discuss ‘Politics of Truth’

Perceptions of factual reality increasingly come in partisan shades of red and blue. To better understand this phenomenon, SPA recently hosted a forum called “The Politics of Truth.”
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Alumni ·

Alumnus Publishes Memoir About His Teen Years Working at the White House

Don Stinson (SPA/BA ’77) worked as a White House messenger when he was a freshman at SPA. His new book, “Downstairs at the White House,” details his experience with politicians at the highest levels — all while studying political science at SPA.
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SPA Faculty in the News

  • SPA Executive in Residence Anita McBride authored a story for Fox News about the life of former First Lady Barbara Bush, after news of Bush's death on April 17.

  • SPA Professor Barbara Romzek coauthored a story for The Conversation about the risks of using social media for data collection.

  • SPA Assistant Professor Chris Edelson was interviewed by Voice of America for a story about whether President Trump has authority to fire Special Counsel Mueller.