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School of Public Affairs

Alum Receives Critical Acclaim for Debut Novel

During her time at American University's School of Public Affairs, Lara Prescott, SPA/BA ’04, knew she wanted to be a writer. After years of working on political campaigns after graduation, she took a risk, quit her “day job” and devoted herself to blending her love of politics with her love of writing fiction. Flash forward to the present day and her new book, The Secrets We Kept, has sold for $2 million at auction and has been optioned to be made into a movie.

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Women's Representation in TV and Film w/ Robin Bronk and Aly

Watch this virtual conversation with Robin Bronk, arts advocate and CEO of The Creative Coalition and Alysia Reiner, an award-winning actress and producer known for her work in Netflix’sOrange Is the New Black, FX’s Better Things, and dozens of other appearances on stage, TV, and film. WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin moderated the discussion.

SPA Ranked 13 in U.S. News & World Report

Announcement ·

AU’s School of Public Affairs Is Top Ranked in D.C. in New U.S. News & World Report Rankings

School of Public Affairs Is Ranked No. 13 in 2022 U.S. News & World Report Rankings
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SPA on COVID-19

School of Public Affairs faculty, students, and alumni are tackling issues brought on by the novel coronavirus.

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Graduate Recruitment Events

Browse our graduate recruitment events to meet SPA on campus, on the road, or through one of our virtual sessions!

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#SPACyber: Policy Studies in Cybersecurity

#SPACyber is a practioner informed, research driven hub of cyber curriculum, thought leadership, and engagement.

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Jeff Gill

Government & Politics ·

SPA-hosted Journal Political Analysis Named Most Impactful in Field

SPA Professor and journal Editor Jeff Gill credits its selectivity and methodological focus
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Claudia Persico

Research ·

SPA Researcher Parses Racial Gaps in Identifying Children with Special Education Needs

Social comparisons within schools lead to under- and overrepresentation of Black and Latinx children.
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AbouAssi and Wang

Research ·

SPA Researchers Explore the Effects of Medicaid Expansion on Nonprofit Hospitals

AbouAssi and Wang find that expansion decreases private contributions.
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First Time Rankings

number 14 for Environmental Policy and Management

by U.S. News & World Report's 2022 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings

number 22 in Local Government Management

by U.S. News & World Report's 2022 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings

number 20 in Social Policy

by U.S. News & World Report's 2022 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings