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Numbers Hold Power

"After being in this program, I've learned to look at numbers with a new appreciation. I believe numbers hold power. Now I see how data analysis cuts straight to the core message and efficacy of a policy."
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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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Six months after graduation,

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Results of Graduation Census as of six months after graduation for May graduates from 2015—2017.

panelists at Northern Ireland Peace Agreement event

Government & Politics ·

Brexit the Next Hurdle for Northern Ireland After 20 Years of Peace

Diplomats, politicians, academics, and students recently gathered at SPA for a series of panel discussions on the 20th anniversary of the Northern Ireland Peace Agreement.
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Aaron Torop, SPA/BA ’18, presenting research

Research ·

SPA Sponsors Six Undergraduate Students to Present Research at National Conference

For the third year in a row, SPA sponsored six students to attend the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
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AU President Sylvia Burwell with Shyheim Snead

Achievements ·

SPA Students Recognized with 2018 American University Awards

SPA students were among those recently honored with University Awards for their exceptional work and accomplishments.
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SPA Faculty in the News

  • SPA Assistant Professor Tricia Bacon, co-authored an article for The Washington Post analyzing the role Osama bin Laden’s death played in the rise of the Islamic State.

  • SPA Associate Professor Derek Hyra, spoke to The New York Times about the effect gentrification and what can be done to maintain Durham, NC's diversity.

  • Executive-in-Residence Capri Cafaro, appeared on Fox News to talk about the controversy surrounding Michelle Wolf’s monologue at the White House Correspondents Dinner.