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Results of Graduation Census as of six months after graduation for May graduates from 2013—2015.

Upon coming to AU, I knew I wanted to study the intersection of policy and law.

Lexi Ivers SPA/BA’18, is using her personal experience and current coursework to prepare her for a career fighting for foster children in the U.S. Ivers was just 16 when she began working with at-risk youth in the foster care system of Philadelphia. She knew at that time she wanted to gain a deeper understanding of the system, and she dreamed of changing it. Read Lexi's Story »

Talk about AU, share our story, live our values.

Joe Vidulich, SPA/BA '08, fell in love with AU from the moment he stepped on campus. "I knew it was a special place and that I would be honored to be a part of it," he says. Joe, who takes over as president of the American University Alumni Association this month, has been a significant "part of it" ever since. Read Joe's Story »


Early Childcare Policy Explainer

SPA Assistant Professor Taryn Morrissey's work centers on examining and improving public policies for vulnerable children. Ongoing research examines the social determinants of food insecurity and obesity, and the impacts of neighborhood poverty and family instability on children's development. She is one of the authors of the book, Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality.

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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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SPA’s Taryn Morrissey Named Urban Institute Visiting Scholar

SPA Assistant Professor Taryn Morrissey is working this semester as a visiting scholar for the Center for Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC.

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New Book: Make U.S. Globally Competitive by Transforming Childcare

A new book co-authored by SPA Assistant Professor Taryn Morrissey suggests that changes to America’s early childhood policies can improve the country’s competitiveness in the global economy.

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Reducing Inequality in an Era of Alternative Facts

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AU School of Public Affairs in the Media

  • Jon Gould, SPA professor, wrote an op-ed for The Hill on February 17 arguing that Republican politicians should distance themselves from Trump.

  • Bradley Hardy, SPA assistant professor, wrote an op-ed appearing in Brookings on February 15 about Democratic factions in the Rust Belt.

  • Elizabeth Suhay, SPA assistant professor, authored a piece in The Conversation about the political awakening of scientists in the United States.