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Numbers Hold Power

"After being in this program, I've learned to look at numbers with a new appreciation. I believe numbers hold power. Now I see how data analysis cuts straight to the core message and efficacy of a policy."
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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

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Research ·

Research by SPA Associate Professor on Long-Term Impact of Government Assistance Wins "Best Article"

SPA Associate Professor Bradley Hardy has been honored with the Best Article Award from WEAI for his research on the long-term impact of government assistance on Americans who find themselves caught in the cycle of economic expansion and recession.
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Research ·

How Freedom of Information Act Requests Are Managed

Khaldoun AbouAssi, assistant professor in the AU School of Public Affairs, co-conducted an analysis of the Freedom of Information Act that reveals trends in how public administrators are managing compliance with the federal law.
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Carol Laise Bunker and Nicole Nason

Government & Politics ·

Two SPA Women Serve as Assistant Secretary of State, 45 Years Apart

Nicole Nason, SPA/BA ‘92, currently serves as the second SPA alumna and the first woman in more than 40 years to hold the position of Assistant Secretary of State.
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SPA Faculty in the News

  • Professors of Public Affairs, Dave Marcotte and Jane Palmer's research on the impact Title IX investigations have on college applicants was featured on Inside Higher Ed.

  • Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, William LeoGrande, spoke to Reuters about Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel's first 100 days in office.

  • Professor of Government, James Thurber, spoke to The Wall Street Journal about the investigations regarding Michael Cohen's business dealings.