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President Trump's relationship with Congress during his first year was the focus of a recent panel discussion hosted by SPA’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies.

Government & Politics ·

President Trump’s Relationship with Congress in the First Year

Just how is President Trump getting along with Congress during his first year in office? This was the focus of a recent panel discussion hosted by SPA’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies.
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Exterior view of Kerwin Hall building, American University

On Campus ·

Improving Minority Graduation Rates in U.S. Colleges and Universities

AU’s School of Public Affairs hosted a conference recently to discuss the challenges of improving minority graduation rates and invited colleges making strides to share best practices.
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Research ·

Looking at the Link Between Body Cameras and Crime

As police increasingly use body-worn cameras, questions arise about the impact and effectiveness of the practice. James Wright, an SPA PhD candidate is focused on these questions as part of his research.
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Valentina Fernández is trying to facilitate more conversations between trustees and students. Credit: Jeff Watts. Image: Picture of student trustee Valentina Fernández on the Quad in front of Ward Circle Building.

Student Life ·

Getting to Know Student Trustee Valentina Fernández

The junior—and first Latinx to hold the position—is hoping to facilitate more communication between trustees and students.
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On campus with people walking, trees, and an AU flag.

Research ·

AU Announces New Tenure-Line Faculty Hires

Introducing teachers and researchers to the AU community.
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Research ·

New Book Highlights Stories Behind Most Significant Legal Rulings in Europe

A new book written by SPA Professor Bill Davies and AU Law Professor Fernanda Nicola highlights some of the most significant EU rulings ever made.
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Assembly room inside City Hall in Hamburg, Germany.

International ·

Improving democracy through participation in constitution-making

SIS and SPA professors collaborate on a new book that explores how the process of writing a new constitution impacts a nation’s level of democracy.
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Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser SPA/MPP’00 recently announced the creation of a new social science research effort to inform and improve policy. AU School of Public Affairs is the founding academic partner in the effort.

Announcement ·

SPA Joins D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to Launch New Research Partnership

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser SPA/MPP’00 recently announced the creation of a new social science research effort to inform and improve policy. AU School of Public Affairs is the founding academic partner in the effort.
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In recognition of 30 years of service advising and mentoring students at AU School of Public Affairs, Academic Counselor Bob Briggs was recently honored with American University’s 2017 Maria Bueno Lifetime Achievement Award.

On Campus ·

Bob Briggs Honored for Staff Member Lifetime Achievement Award

In recognition of 30 years of service advising and mentoring students at AU School of Public Affairs, Academic Counselor Bob Briggs was recently honored with American University’s 2017 Maria Bueno Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Political activism among women has swelled in the wake of the 2016 election.

Research ·

The Trump Effect: Despite Increase in Political Activism, Few Women Seek Office

A new study by AU School of Public Affairs Professor Jennifer Lawless, and Loyola Marymount University Professor Richard Fox, found that despite an increase in political activism, women continue to lag behind men in political ambition.
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