School of Public Affairs

School of Public Affairs

Political Communicator Making a Difference

Daniel DeBrakeleer, SPA /MA '19, says he likes how the AU School of Public Affairs (SPA) encourages students to get real-world work experience.

After interning at HealthHIV, a national nonprofit advocacy organization, the 23-year-old was hired as a full-time communications manager. Today, he's an intern on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee minority communications team.

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The Good Friday Agreement: Where Are We Now?

SPA Assistant Professor Kimberly Cowell-Meyers facilitates a discussion on The Good Friday Agreement of 1998 with Brendan O'Leary and Alan Renwick, both members of the Working Group on Unification Referendums on the Island of Ireland. O'Leary and Renwick present their interim report assessing pathways forward on this important and timely question.

AU SPA ranked #13 out of 276 schools of public affairs

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American University’s School of Public Affairs Receives High Recognition in New U.S. News & World Report Rankings

AU SPA Receives High Recognition in U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Public Affairs Graduate Schools rankings
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SPA on COVID-19

School of Public Affairs faculty, students, and alumni are tackling issues brought on by the novel coronavirus.

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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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#SPACyber: Policy Studies in Cybersecurity

#SPACyber is a practioner informed, research driven hub of cyber curriculum, thought leadership, and engagement.

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Suat Cubukcu

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New NATO Book Discusses Lessons Learned from Territorial Defeat of ISIS

Although the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) may not be dominating news headlines today, experts say the threat of this global terrorist network remains, and policymakers should consider a shift in strategy to combat its new tactics.
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Austin McCrea

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SPA Doctoral Candidate’s Article Examines Disparities in ER Health Outcomes

Women’s health outcomes affected by representation and insurance status.
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Liz Suhay

Research ·

Suhay Gathers Latest Research on Electoral Persuasion for Oxford Handbook

Comprehensive volume examines the study of persuasion in 48 chapters.
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number 13 among 276 public affairs schools

by U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Public Affairs Graduate School Rankings

number 4 for Public Management and Leadership

by U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings

number 4 for International Global Policy & Administration

by U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Public Affairs Graduate School Rankings