We bring the world to SPA, and SPA to the world. Our location in Washington, DC, makes us a hub for leaders in public administration and policy, government, justice, law, and criminology. There is no better place for engaging scholars and policymakers in dialogue and educating the leaders in public affairs who will succeed them. But we are not confined to our campus or our hometown. Our faculty disseminate ideas and research at events worldwide, launching conversations that contribute to critical public discourse.

SPA Dispatches

A comprehensive newsletter of upcoming SPA events.


Upcoming Events

Women in Congress Virtual Book Talk

Women in Congress: Virtual Book Talk

April 14, 2020 | 6:00PM EST


cattle on rural landscape

Environmental Attitudes and Innovations in Rural America

April 15, 2020 | 2-3:30PM EST

Learn More & Register

Have 5 minutes? Watch an SPA Policy Explainer

Jim Thurber

Does the Foreign Lobbying Law Need to Be Fixed?

With SPA Distinguished Professor James Thurber


Andrew Ballard

What Can Machine Learning Tell Us About U.S. Legislation?

With SPA Assistant Professor Andrew Ballard


Claudia Persico

How Does Pollution Affect a Child’s Test Scores?

With SPA Assistant Professor Claudia Persico


Watch more SPA Policy Explainers on YouTube.

Have 1 hour? Watch an SPA class

Carla Flink teaching Classes Without Quizzes class

Understanding the Federal Budget

With SPA Assistant Professor Carla Flink


Sasha O'Connell teaching federal workers

Introduction to U.S. Cyber Policy

With SPA Executive in Residence Sasha O'Connell


Have more time? Watch past SPA events and livestreams

Cornel West and Robert George speaking at event

The Purpose of a Liberal Education with Cornel West and Robert George


Danielle Allen speaking at event

The Declaration of Independence Today with Danielle Allen


Sue Desmond-Hellman speaking at event

Expanding Opportunity in America with Sue Desmond-Hellmann


Panelists speaking at event

An Insider’s Look at the 2020 Election


Panelists speaking at event

Has the U.S. Constitution Failed?


Panelists speaking at event

She Leads: Leadership and Governing from City Hall