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

As a proposal coordinator for a global charity organization, Sarah Riczo empowers families struggling with hunger and poverty to change their lives. The public funding that she connects them to provides the training needed to strengthen local economies and can lift a community out of poverty.

SPA Assistant Professor Bradley Hardy has been awarded a Brookings Institution economic studies fellowship for 2016/2017 academic year. Hardy said he was excited by the prospect of working with Brookings scholars to pursue such mutual research interests as poverty, social policy, economic instability, and intergenerational mobility. During his fellowship, he will briefly be on leave from his position as assistant professor of public administration and policy. “It’s an honor to be a Brookings fellow,” said Hardy. “I’m looking forward to working with such a talented group of economic scholars on issues that really matter to the American people.” Read more about Bradley Hardy »

Predictions for 2017

At the end of each year, SPA’s faculty make their predictions about the year ahead. 2017 is proving to be more challenging than previous years, but our experts are still eager to weigh in. Watch faculty predictions about immigration, unconscious bias, presidential power, and more here.

Predictions for 2017

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Students from the first graduating class for the online Public Administration and Policy program.

Achievements

SPA Congratulates the First Graduates of its Online Masters in Public Administration and Policy Program

On December 21, American University’s School of Public Affairs graduated the first class from its online Masters in Public Administration and Policy program.

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Mindy Myers, SPA/BA

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SPA Alumna to Lead the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

Mindy Myers, SPA/BA, is the new Executive Director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee – the first woman to hold this post.

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The Transition and the First 100 Days of the Trump Presidency

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AU School of Public Affairs in the Media

  • Chris Edelson, SPA assistant professor, wrote an op-ed for The Hill arguing that interference in the 2016 election constitutes the need for a new election.

  • Tricia Bacon, SPA assistant professor, appeared on the WTOP's "National Security Podcast with JJ Green" to discuss the threat of terrorism in 2017.

  • James Thurber, SPA distinguished professor, spoke to the Wall Street Journal on December 28 about the GOP proposal to fine video use on the floor of Congress.