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“I wanted to be in Washington because this is where everything is happening. Everyone here cares about politics and government. AU was a school I had my eye on as an undergrad. It was my dream school. Usually you don’t get to be a professor at your dream school early on in your career. I feel like I kind of hit the jackpot.”

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SPA Postdoctoral Fellow TaLisa Carter is a native of Long Island, N.Y., and worked as a deputy corrections officer in Savannah, Ga. She received her Ph.D. in criminology at the University of Delaware in May 2018. TaLisa’s research has been presented to the American Society of Criminology, the American Sociological Association, and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

17 books published by SPA faculty in 2015-16

100 published academic journal articles written by SPA faculty in 2015-16

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Foreign Fighter Returnees: An Indefinite Threat?

AU School of Public Affairs Assistant Professor David Malet recently co-authored a paper examining how long it typically takes a returned foreign fighter to launch a domestic attack.
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Carrots, Sticks, and Insurgent Targeting of Civilians

A new paper co-authored by AU School of Public Affairs Associate Professor Joe Young looks at how governments react to terrorist attacks on civilians — with conciliatory actions or counterattacks — and what kind of response that elicits from insurgents.
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New Season of Serial Podcast Calls on AU School of Public Affairs for Judicial Expertise

When Serial podcast journalist Sarah Koenig needed to consult an expert on criminal justice, she turned to AU School of Public Affairs’ Justice Programs Office (JPO).
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