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Numbers Hold Power

"After being in this program, I've learned to look at numbers with a new appreciation. I believe numbers hold power. Now I see how data analysis cuts straight to the core message and efficacy of a policy."
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A Good Life on a Finite Earth

Daniel Fiorino, distinguished executive in residence at the American University School of Public Affairs, argues that policymakers need to protect the environment if they want the economy to grow in the long-term.

In his new book, A Good Life on a Finite Earth: The Political Economy of Green Growth, which was published in December by Oxford University Press, Fiorino links academic research with policy analysis.

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17 books published by SPA faculty in 2015-16

100 published academic journal articles written by SPA faculty in 2015-16

5,000 plus SPA media mentions in 2015-16

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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 ·

Elizabeth Suhay’s New Research Examines Attitudes on Gay Rights

Does changing a person’s mind about the origins of sexual orientation actually influence a person’s attitudes toward LGBTQ citizens and policies that affect them? New research by SPA Assistant Professor Elizabeth Suhay’s tackled this question.
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On Campus ·

Ford Foundation President Talks About Justice and Opportunity for All

Ford Foundation President Darren Walker told faculty and students at American University on April 4 that addressing growing inequality in the world is his organization’s top priority.
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Alumni ·

Alumnus Publishes Memoir About His Teen Years Working at the White House

Don Stinson (SPA/BA ’77) worked as a White House messenger when he was a freshman at SPA. His new book, “Downstairs at the White House,” details his experience with politicians at the highest levels — all while studying political science at SPA.
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The Hill's Leadership in Action

April 11, 2018 | 8-9:30am The Newseum | Wash., DC

A series of conversations exploring the values, leadership styles and vision for the nation.