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Vicky Wilkins


American University Names Vicky Wilkins as New Dean for School of Public Affairs

American University announced today the selection of Vicky Wilkins, Ph.D., as the next dean of the AU School of Public Affairs.

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Celebrating Black History Month

American University wrestler, Josh Glenn, won the NCAA national championship in his wrestling weight class in 2007. He was AU’s first champion athlete for the university in more than 40 years.
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Six months after graduation,

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Results of Graduation Census as of six months after graduation for May graduates from 2014—2016.


Politics of Science

In an era of political polarization, science is sometimes used as a rhetorical weapon. Research findings for a wide variety of issues – ranging from the economy to climate change, poverty to immunizations – have become political talking points. Watch as SPA Assistant Professor Liz Suhay, an expert in political bias, talks about the politics of science.

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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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New Faculty Experts at AU School of Public Affairs, Academic Year 2017-18

The AU School of Public Affairs is pleased to add 12 experts to the school in academic year 2017-2018, including faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, scholars and executives-in-residence, and term faculty members.

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SPA Pilots New Civil Discourse Program

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SPA Pilots New Civil Discourse Program

In today’s polarized society, universities have an opportunity to engage in civil dialogue. SPA is working with the Office of Campus Life to encourage students to have tough conversations, listen to other points of view, and learn from those experiences.

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The AU School of Public Affairs (SPA) recently introduced the SPA Analytics and Management Institute (SAMI), bringing leading experts from outside and inside academia to offer a variety of practical, cutting-edge skills to SPA graduate students.

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New SPA Institute Offers Practical Analytical and Management Skills to Grad Students

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AU School of Public Affairs in the Media

  • Alexander Clayton, SPA adjunct instructor, spoke to CBSNews about the Florida school shooting and if the Department of Homeland Security should play a bigger role in preventing school shootings.

  • Howard McCurdy, professor of public affairs, spoke to The Wall Street Journal about the launch of Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy rocket.

  • Joe Young, SPA associate professor, spoke to Newsweek about the illegal sale of American guns to Kurdish fighters.