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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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Early Childcare Policy Explainer

SPA Assistant Professor Taryn Morrissey's work centers on examining and improving public policies for vulnerable children. Ongoing research examines the social determinants of food insecurity and obesity, and the impacts of neighborhood poverty and family instability on children's development. She is one of the authors of the book, Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality.

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

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Research ·

Public Administration Faculty and Students Collaborate to Publish New Top-Ranked Study

Two SPA faculty members and two graduate students embarked on a research project to shed light on how nursing homes serve racially and ethnically diverse residents.
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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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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.