School of Public Affairs

School of Public Affairs

Pursuing Public Service at DOJ

Briana Woodard, SPA/MS ’19, has always wanted to work for the federal government. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and criminal justice, she enrolled in SPA to study justice and public policy.

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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, and he found there is not a long-term risk as feared. Understanding what happens with returnees is important to know because it can affect policies on everything from countries admitting refugees to whether to permit ISIS fighters to leave the theater of conflict alive.

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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Research ·

New Study Finds that Nursing Homes Run Better with Experienced Managers

New research by American University School of Public Affairs (SPA) researchers shows the
value of job tenure when it comes to managerial effectiveness in nursing home operation.
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She Persisted panel

Government & Politics ·

Women and Power: Changing the Narrative

The Women & Politics Institute at SPA and the Women in Public Service Project  hosted a recent discussion about the challenges female candidates face and how many are many are leveraging social media to get their messages out.
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Government & Politics ·

Timely Discussion of Brexit as Vote Looms

With news of a possible deal on the United Kingdom leaving the European Union looming, a panel of American University experts gathered to discuss Brexit at an event sponsored by SPA and the E.U. Transatlantic Policy Center in SIS on October 15th.
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