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Results of Graduation Census as of six months after graduation for May graduates from 2013—2015.

Service with Compassion

Compassion is a trait they have in common, and a commitment beyond themselves.

Every year, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation honors a select group of students for their leadership, academic achievement, and commitment to public service. American University recently learned that not one, but two, of its students earned this distinction. Lexi Ivers and Shyheim Snead, both juniors in AU’s School of Public Affairs, are 2017 Truman scholars. Read More »


Race, Class, and Politics in "The Cappuccino City"

The phrase “cappuccino city” refers to previously low-income, minority neighborhoods that are experiencing major demographic shifts caused by the influx of mid-to-upper income, white millennials. It’s happening in the Bronx in New York City, in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, and in the Shaw area of Washington, D.C. Shaw is the neighborhood at the center of SPA Associate Professor Derek Hyra’s new book, Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City.

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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

Seth Gershenson, center, accepts the award for Best Research Article.


Seth Gershenson Wins Award for Best Research Article

SPA Associate Professor Seth Gershenson was recognized by the editors of the "Journal of Education, Finance and Policy" as the author of the best article published in 2016.

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The Public Purpose. Journal of American University's School of Public Affairs. Spring 2017.

Student Life

The Public Purpose Journal Celebrates 15 Years with Latest Edition

The Public Purpose Journal – the peer-reviewed journal of SPA graduate students – unveiled its 2017 edition.

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Executives work on problem-solving at the table.

8th Annual Key Executive Leadership Conference


AU School of Public Affairs in the Media

  • David Lublin, SPA professor, spoke to Roll Call about why Democrats and Republicans are struggling to work together on a new spending bill.

  • Capri Cafaro, SPA executive in residence, appeared on FOX News to discuss the anti-Trump protests in Berkeley, California.

  • Research from Seth Gershenson, SPA associate professor, was featured in a Washington Post article on the benefits of diverse faculty in high schools.