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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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.

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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Announcement ·

Nation’s Top Public Affairs Schools Announce Diversity Alliance

A collective of six schools of public affairs, led by AU's SPA, announced the launch of the new Public Affairs Diversity Alliance.
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Cornel West and Robert George speaking at event

On Campus ·

Cornel West and Robert George Talk About the Purpose of a Liberal Education

Speaking at an event on campus Dec. 7 moderated by SPA Associate Professor Thomas Merrill, the two professors underscored the importance of engaging in civil dialogue and the value of a liberal education.
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Announcement ·

She Votes. She Leads.

New poll from American U. reveals what mattered to women in the 2018 midterm elections.
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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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