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I am passionate about educational reform and aspire to lead a large agency where I can influence educational discourse and policy. SPA’s MPA is helping me develop my leadership skills and pursue my profession of purpose.

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Politics of Science

In an era of political polarization, science is sometimes used as a 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.

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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

Examining various management styles


Public School Principals All Have Management Styles. Which is Best?

New research by AU School of Public Affairs’ Nathan Favero examines just what kind of public management style leads to the better outcomes.

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New Book Highlights Need for Diverse Perspectives for Successful Democracies


New Book Highlights Need for Diverse Perspectives for Successful Democracies

Does a new constitution improve a country’s levels of democracy? This is the question a team of American University professors asked and analyzed for their new book: Constituents before Assembly.

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Trump is (Un)Doing More Than You Think

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AU School of Public Affairs in the Media

  • Kimberly Cowell-Meyers, SPA assistant professor, wrote in a Washington Post op-ed that the U.K. election may have a destabilizing effect on Northern Ireland.

  • Chris Edelson, SPA assistant professor, appeared on VOA News to discuss former FBI Director James Comey's Capitol Hill testimony.

  • Paul Bledsoe, adjunct professorial lecturer in SPA's Center for Environmental Policy, spoke to The Economist about the United States' exit from the Paris Climate Agreement.