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School of Public Affairs

His Dream School

“I wanted to be in Washington because this is where everything is happening. Everyone here cares about politics and government. AU was a school I had my eye on as an undergrad. It was my dream school. Usually you don’t get to be a professor at your dream school early on in your career. I feel like I kind of hit the jackpot.”

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AU School of Public Affairs Assistant Professor David Malet recently co-authored a paper examining how long it typically takes a returned foreign fighter to launch a domestic attack, and he found there is not a long-term risk as feared. Understanding what happens with returnees is important to know because it can affect policies on everything from countries admitting refugees to whether to permit ISIS fighters to leave the theater of conflict alive.

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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Nathan Favero

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Nathan Favero Talks About Public Administration and Being a Professor at SPA, His "Dream School"

Nathan Favero discusses being a professor and teaching public administration and policy at American University's School of Public Affairs.
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Carrots, Sticks, and Insurgent Targeting of Civilians

A new paper co-authored by AU School of Public Affairs Associate Professor Joe Young looks at how governments react to terrorist attacks on civilians — with conciliatory actions or counterattacks — and what kind of response that elicits from insurgents.
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Research ·

New Study Finds Performance Gaps Play Role in Public Budget Decisions

A new paper from SPA Assistant Professor Carla Flink shows that as public managers decide how to allocate funds, performance is a key consideration. Budgets can rise and fall based on how well an organization is delivering on its promises.
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