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Celebrating Women's History Month

The first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, sports executive Effa Manley owned the Newark Eagles. The team won the Negro League World Series in 1946. She was revered for her commitment to baseball, civil rights, and creating respect for Negro leagues baseball.

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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

Understanding How the Prison Population Rises as Crime Falls


Understanding How the Prison Population Rises as Crime Falls

The SPA Political Theory Institute kicked off its spring semester lecture series recently with a presentation by John Pfaff, author of “Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform."

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What is the Impact of Bullying on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Students?


What is the Impact of Bullying on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Students?

Bullying presents a critical issue for educators, given its negative repercussions for both the direct victims and the overall school climate. A growing issue is that lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB) students experience a disproportionate amount of bullying.

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Politics of Truth Conference

March 28, 2018 | 8am-8pm

Join us for a day of presentations with renowned political scientists and leading journalists roundtable discussion.

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SPA in the Media

  • William LeoGrande, Professor of Government, authored an opinion article for The Conversation about the history of the U.S. interfering with other countries' politics and elections.

  • Patrick Griffin, adjunct professorial lecturer of public affairs, spoke to WNYC Radio about gun control laws, specifically the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban.

  • Capri Cafaro, Executive-in-Residence, spoke to Voice of America about President Trump's appeal to arm teachers in U.S. schools.

The Hill's Leadership in Action

March 21, 2018 | 8-9:30am The Newseum | Wash., DC

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


Key Executive Women in Leadership Forum, American University Spring Valley Building

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