School of Public Affairs

School of Public Affairs

Political Communicator Making a Difference

Daniel DeBrakeleer, SPA /MA '19, says he likes how the AU School of Public Affairs (SPA) encourages students to get real-world work experience.

After interning at HealthHIV, a national nonprofit advocacy organization, the 23-year-old was hired as a full-time communications manager. Today, he's an intern on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee minority communications team.

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What Does the U.S. Economy Need Right Now?

The COVID-19 pandemic has surfaced income disparities in the U.S. economy, leading to critical decisions made by the President and lawmakers both federally and locally. SPA Associate Professor Bradley Hardy states what has already been done for Americans during the U.S. economic shutdown due to COVID-19, recommends what the U.S. government should do next, and uncovers the consequences the U.S. economy might endure in the aftermath of this national emergency.

AU SPA ranked #13 out of 276 schools of public affairs

Announcement ·

American University’s School of Public Affairs Receives High Recognition in New U.S. News & World Report Rankings

AU SPA Receives High Recognition in U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Public Affairs Graduate Schools 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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#FallforSPA

Fall for SPA

Information for students about SPA's Fall 2020 semester

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Nancy Erickson, Isabel Taylor, and Matthew Hufford

Achievements ·

Winning MPA Capstone Poster Highlights Racial Disparities in Maternal Health

SPA students Nancy Erickson, Matthew Hufford, and Isabel Taylor have won this year’s Best MPA Capstone Poster Award with a research project entitled "Maternal Health Outcomes in D.C."
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Announcement ·

American University Survey: Young Black Americans Are Key 2020 Swing Voters

American University's Black Swing Voter Project released results of a new survey of Black Americans in six battleground states.
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Headshot of Dan Freeman.

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Reflecting on a career in public service: The House Was My Home

Dan Freeman, a fellow in residence at the AU Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, released his memoir, "The House Was My Home: My Life on Capitol Hill and Other Tales", about his 35 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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number 13 among 276 public affairs schools

by U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Public Affairs Graduate School Rankings

number 4 for Public Management and Leadership

by U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings

number 4 for International Global Policy & Administration

by U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Public Affairs Graduate School Rankings