School of Public Affairs

School of Public Affairs

Pursuing Public Service at DOJ

Briana Woodard, SPA/MS ’19, has always wanted to work for the federal government. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and criminal justice, she enrolled in SPA to study justice and public policy.

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Stacey Abrams speaks at AU SPA Commencement Ceremony

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Stacey Abrams Speaks to the SPA Class of 2019 About the Power of Belief

Stacey Abrams, who shattered the glass ceiling with her 2018 run for governor of Georgia, received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from American University today and spoke at the commencement of the AU School of Public Affairs.
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School of Public Affairs at AU Jumps in National Ranking in U.S. News & World Report Survey

Four specialties receive first-time recognition; three specialties jump in ranking
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SPA Assistant Professor Claudia Persico is currently studying the social and biological mechanisms underlying the relationships between poverty, the environment, and children’s cognitive development and health. The time between conception and birth is perhaps one of the most vulnerable life stages, during which the environment may have tremendous immediate and lasting effects on health. The fetus undergoes rapid growth and organ development and the maternal environment helps direct these processes, for better or for worse.

number 14 among 285 public affairs schools

by U.S. News & World Report's 2020 Public Affairs Graduate School Rankings

number 3 for Public Management and Leadership, up from #6

by U.S. News & World Report's 2020 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings

number 5 for International Global Policy & Administration

by U.S. News & World Report's 2020 Public Affairs Graduate School Rankings

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Achievements ·

Sasha Cohen O'Connell, Former Senior Executive Service FBI Official, to Join the AU School of Public Affairs

Sasha Cohen O’Connell (SPA/MPA'98/PhD'12) will join SPA in August 2019 as an executive-in-residence and director of the master's program in Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy
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Amy K. Dacey to Lead the Sine Institute of Policy and Politics

Amy K. Dacey has been named as the executive director of the Sine Institute of Policy and Politics
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On Campus ·

Add These SPA Book Club Recommendations to Your List

American University's School of Public Affairs (SPA) released its 2019-2020 list of new picks for its Bookends Book Club, a reading club for graduate students led by SPA Dean Vicky Wilkins.
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