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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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A Good Life on a Finite Earth

Daniel Fiorino, distinguished executive in residence at the American University School of Public Affairs, argues that policymakers need to protect the environment if they want the economy to grow in the long-term.

In his new book, A Good Life on a Finite Earth: The Political Economy of Green Growth, which was published in December by Oxford University Press, Fiorino links academic research with policy analysis.

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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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Six months after graduation,

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Results of Graduation Census as of six months after graduation for May graduates from 2015—2017.

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Research ·

SPA to Host American Journal of Political Science, Among Other Top Research Journals

The American Journal of Political Science joins two other quarterly, peer-reviewed research publications that moved to SPA this year. SPA will host AJPS for one year.
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Elizabeth Suhay

Research ·

SPA Faculty Member Wins National Award for Research Examining Views on Inequality

A paper published by Assistant Professor Elizabeth Suhay was recently awarded “2018 Best Paper Prize” by the American Political Science Association.
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AU President Sylvia Burwell with Shyheim Snead

Achievements ·

SPA Students Recognized with 2018 American University Awards

SPA students were among those recently honored with University Awards for their exceptional work and accomplishments.
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SPA Faculty in the News

  • SPA Assistant Professor Tricia Bacon, co-authored an article for The Washington Post analyzing the role Osama bin Laden’s death played in the rise of the Islamic State.

  • SPA Associate Professor Derek Hyra, spoke to The New York Times about the effect gentrification and what can be done to maintain Durham, NC's diversity.

  • Executive-in-Residence Capri Cafaro, appeared on Fox News to talk about the controversy surrounding Michelle Wolf’s monologue at the White House Correspondents Dinner.