School of Public Affairs

School of Public Affairs

A Call to Service

Henry Watson says he came to American University in 2014 as a bright-eyed idealist ready to take on the world.

“I felt very inspired that one person could come to this town and reorient politics and public policy to serve people who feel a bit left behind by government,” says the 22-year old from the small town of Novelty, Ohio.
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Videos

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s conviction on charges related to his foreign lobbying has drawn attention to the fact that the Department of Justice has not been aggressive enough in enforcing the law covering foreign lobbyists.

SPA Distinguished Professor James Thurber talks about the consequences of not enforcing the law and why it needs an upgrade.

22 books published by SPA faculty in 2017-18

131 published academic journal articles written by SPA faculty in 2017-18

7,000 plus SPA media mentions in 2017-18

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Results of Graduation Census as of six months after graduation for May graduates from 2015—2017.

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Research ·

New Research Focuses on Coping with Food Insecurity

Researchers from SPA, in partnership with Feeding America, recently studied how families that use government and community food assistance programs overcome obstacles and manage to put food on their tables.
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Inaugural Sine Fellows

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AU Sine Institute of Policy and Politics Announces Inaugural Class of Fellows

Experts in politics, business, and the arts will address complex policy challenges, engage with American University students and faculty.
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Justice for All Symposium

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Symposium Draws Experts Aspiring to Transform the Justice System

Experts from courts, corrections, and policing — those who work in the field and those who study it — gathered at American University Dec. 12 to discuss how to best improve the justice system and accelerate change.
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More News & Events

Sine fellows

Sine Institute of Policy and Politics Announces Inaugural Fellows

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Graduate Recruitment Events

Browse our graduate recruitment events to meet SPA on campus, on the road, or through one of our virtual sessions!

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A Closer Look

A Closer Look at SPA

Learn more about SPA accomplishments in 2017-18.

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Newsletter Dispatches

View a listing of SPA weekly/monthly newsletters.

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