AU student Edwin Santos looks over the ocean while traveling in El Salvador.

Achievements ·

First-Generation Student Earns Inaugural Scholarship from Obama Foundation, Airbnb CEO

The scholarship provides up to $50,000 in financial aid for the final two years of college for students who want to pursue a career in public service and substantial funding for travel.
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Students Silas Engel, left to right, Libby Wahlenmayer worked as student researchers on Public Affairs Lab projects. Saul Newman, second from right, oversees the program and professor Lara Schwartz worked with Engel on a research project.

Research ·

AU Lab Fosters Collaborative, Changemaking Research

Since 2019, PAPL has grown from fewer than 20 student applications that resulted in 10 active projects to 120 applications for 20 available spots on research collaborations.
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Announcing New SPA Faculty 2022-2023

Achievements ·

SPA Welcomes New Faculty in the 2022-23 Academic Year

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) at American University is pleased to welcome a new cohort of experts to the school in academic year 2022-23, including traditional and term faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and research scholars.
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James Madison art

Achievements ·

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Madison Prize

CCPS Director David Barker Explains SPA’s Bi-Annual Award for Bipartisanship
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Aparna Soni and Alexandra Rakus

Research ·

Did Medicaid Expansion Ease COVID Suffering Among Low-Income Populations?

SPA Assistant Professor and Doctoral Student Publish Study on Link Between COVID-19 Health Outcomes and Medicaid Coverage
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Anita B. McBride

Achievements ·

Anita B. McBride Announced as the 2022 Lewis L. Gould Award Recipient

Anita B. McBride, former Chief of Staff for First Lady Laura Bush and currently Executive in Residence and Director of the First Ladies Initiative, received the 2022 Lewis L. Gould Award.
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Jim Thurber with students

Achievements ·

Jim Thurber and the Ukrainian Connection

Ukrainian PAAI Alumni Share Their Perspectives on the War, Rebuilding, and a Special SPA Professor
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The 2022 US midterm elections will be held on November 8.

Government & Politics ·

Sine Institute Fellows Look Ahead at the 2022 Midterms with “Policy, Politics, and Predictions”

The conversation aired on C-SPAN and included a variety of perspectives and takeaways from recent state primaries and the importance of specific policies on voter turnouts
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Taryn Morrissey

Research ·

The Vital Role of Early Care and Education (ECE) Programs in Rural Areas

SPA professor demonstrates the need for public investment in programs like Head Start in non-metropolitan areas.
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Jean Accius

Research ·

Reimagining and Transforming Long-Term Care

SPA Professor Examines Racial Inequities in Elder Care
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