School of Public Affairs

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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SPA Faculty Weigh In on What to Expect in 2020

Each December, we ask the SPA community for predictions for the coming year. This year, we asked the SPA Faculty to weigh in.

number 14 among 285 public affairs schools

by U.S. News & World Report's 2020 Public Affairs Graduate School Rankings

number 3 for Public Management and Leadership, up from #6

by U.S. News & World Report's 2020 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings

number 5 for International Global Policy & Administration

by U.S. News & World Report's 2020 Public Affairs Graduate School Rankings

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On Campus ·

Inaugural Lincoln Scholar Lecture Finds Lessons in Declaration of Independence

According to Harvard Professor Danielle Allen, though the Declaration of Independence falls short on issues of slavery and gender, its essence has provided a lasting blueprint for the experiment of American democracy.
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Achievements ·

New Oral History Project Reveals Untold Stories About the Civil Rights Movement

SPA Professor of Government Gregg Ivers documents the professional rise of Julian Bond in the Julian Bond Oral History Project.
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Research ·

Examining the Impact of Charter Schools on Growing Income Segregation

Research by Professor Dave Marcotte and Kari Dalane on charter schools examines their expansion along with student segregation by income. Their study shows that segregation of low-income students increased by 15 percent in large school districts.
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Julian Bond Oral History Project

Documenting the professional rise of Julian Bond.

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