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Working at the Center of the Policy World

Sissy Martinez SPA/BA '21, MS '22

During a transformative AU study abroad experience in Brussels, a rigorous program involving travel to Ukraine and Bosnia and an internship at the Institute for Economics and Peace, Martinez developed a fascination with European politics. Eventually, her AU skills and experiences led to a job as a project coordinator and research assistant with the Europe, Russia, and Eurasia team at the D.C. think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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Alison Jacknowitz

Introducing Alison Jacknowitz as our Interim Dean!

We are pleased she will lead our school in the 2023-24 academic year.

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Discover Your Higher Purpose with SPA

The School of Public Affairs at American University is home to leading scholars in the fields of American politics, comparative politics, public administration, public policy, justice law and criminology, data science, and terrorism and homeland security. Come to a place where the faculty, staff, and other students are all committed to helping you reach your higher purpose.

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AU SPA Ranked 10 in the US

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School of Public Affairs Again Ranked Tenth Overall in New U.S. News and World Report Rankings

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) at American University is ranked No. 10 overall among all public affairs institutions in the United States in the new U.S. News & World Report’s Public Affairs Graduate Schools rankings.
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SPA shares insider information on the world of public affairs, from choosing and applying to the right program for you, to courses, careers, and the culture.

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Graduate Recruitment Events

Browse our graduate recruitment events to meet SPA on campus, on the road, or through one of our virtual sessions!

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#SPACyber: Policy Studies in Cybersecurity

#SPACyber is a practitioner informed, research driven hub of cyber curriculum, thought leadership, and engagement.

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Discover your future with AU

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Featured News

Robert and Virginia Severi

Alumni ·

“Best Friends at the Core:” AU Sweethearts Share Their Local Love Story

A chance meeting in AU’s Mary Graydon Center leads to forty-plus years of marriage and companionship.
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Joe Young

Research ·

Understanding Paths to Peace

SPA Professor Examines the Drivers and Outcomes of Terrorism and International Conflict
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Professor Valentina Bruno delivering her inaugural lecture as Kogod Eminent Scholar in Finance.

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AU Installs New Kogod Eminent Scholar Chair in Finance

Professor Valentina Bruno is an innovator within the intersection of macroeconomics and finance. Her appointment marks another milestone in the Kogods’ legacy of philanthropy at AU.
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Specialty Rankings

number 6

for International Global Policy & Administration

by U.S. News & World Report's 2024 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings

number 14

in Urban Policy

by U.S. News & World Report's 2024 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings

number 15

in Public Policy Analysis

by U.S. News & World Report's 2024 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings