School of Public Affairs

School of Public Affairs

A Call to Service

Henry Watson says he came to American University in 2014 as a bright-eyed idealist ready to take on the world.

“I felt very inspired that one person could come to this town and reorient politics and public policy to serve people who feel a bit left behind by government,” says the 22-year old from the small town of Novelty, Ohio.
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Family separations. Deportations. ICE crackdowns. In 2018, the Trump administration unveiled a set of sweeping changes, aiming to prosecute for federal immigration crimes every migrant apprehended crossing illegally into the United States. But immigration has been a major issue among political debates for quite some time.

SPA Associate Professor Matthew Wright talks about where immigration policy stands today and how a compromise might be needed to move forward.

22 books published by SPA faculty in 2017-18

131 published academic journal articles written by SPA faculty in 2017-18

7,000 plus SPA media mentions in 2017-18

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Cornel West and Robert George speaking at event

On Campus ·

Cornel West and Robert George Talk About the Purpose of a Liberal Education

Speaking at an event on campus Dec. 7 moderated by SPA Associate Professor Thomas Merrill, the two professors underscored the importance of engaging in civil dialogue and the value of a liberal education.
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Senator Elizabeth Warren with Amrutha Chatty

On Campus ·

Students Share What It's Like to Meet Elizabeth Warren

Students share what it's like to meet U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who on Nov. 29 spoke at AU, sponsored by AU School of Public Affairs, Kennedy Political Union, and AU College Democrats.
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Elizabeth Warren Vicky Wilkins

Government & Politics ·

10 Memorable Moments from Elizabeth Warren’s Speech at AU

The senator from Massachusetts talked democracy in the US and abroad, trade, and the urgency of climate change during an appearance at AU.
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A Closer Look

A Closer Look at SPA

Learn more about SPA accomplishments in 2017-18.

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