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It’s hard to keep up with the news right now. But SPA faculty experts have spent years studying the very topics making headlines. They are objective leaders in their fields, and have answers to your burning questions.
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Race, Class, and Politics in "The Cappuccino City"
The phrase “cappuccino city” refers to previously low-income, minority neighborhoods that are experiencing major demographic shifts caused by the influx of mid-to-upper income, white millennials. It’s happening in the Bronx in New York City, in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, and in the Shaw area of Washington, D.C. Shaw is the neighborhood at the center of SPA Associate Professor Derek Hyra’s new book, Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City.
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.
In an era of political polarization, science is sometimes used as 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.
Nearly a full year after Justice Antonin Scalia's death left the Supreme Court with a vacancy, President Trump nominated Colorado federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the spot. SPA Professor Jon Gould, an expert justice and court issues, weighs in and talks about the nominee.
President Trump issued an across-the-board employment freeze for the federal government on January 23, halting hiring for all new and existing positions, with few exceptions. Director of SPA’s Key Leadership Program Patrick Malone, an expert on federal government issues, talks about the freeze.
President Trump issued an executive order on January 27 temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. Watch as SPA Assistant Professor Matthew Wright, an expert on immigration policy weighs in and talks about immigration policy reform.
When it comes to presidential power, Chris Edelson, assistant professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs, has a lot to say. Edelson’s teaching and research interests focus presidential national security power under the U.S. Constitution.
Understanding voter behavior can tell us a lot about elections. In fact, turnout for an election could all depend on a combination of sociological factors, including education, income, gender, age, and race. But how does it all work?
It is impossible to deny the incredible progress women have recently made in government and politics. American not only has a woman running for president, but she is now the first to be nominated by a major political party.
In June 2016, the Supreme Court struck down a pair of restrictive Texas abortion laws. In this Policy Explainer, Jessica Waters, an expert on reproductive rights law, discusses what the decision means nationwide.
With Tax Day 2016 arriving soon, the SPA Policy Explainer features Assistant Professor Bradley Hardy to discuss a program considered one of the country's most effective anti-poverty programs: The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
In March 2016, President Barack Obama became the first sitting president in 88 years to visit the island nation of Cuba. SPA Professor William LeoGrande, an expert on U.S. policy toward Cuba, discussed the impact of this historic visit.