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Results of Graduation Census as of six months after graduation for May graduates from 2014—2016.

AU's Stake in the Twin Cities

Every day millions of Americans make a Target run. SPA Alumna Irene Quarshie ensures that everything on their shopping lists—from clothes to furniture to paper plates—meets the retail giant's standards for product safety, quality assurance, and responsible sourcing. "I love the scope of my job," says Quarshie, who oversees about 400 employees around the globe. Read More »


Race, Class, and Politics in "The Cappuccino City"

The phrase “cappuccino city” refers to previously low-income, minority neighborhoods that are experiencing major demographic shifts caused by the influx of mid-to-upper income, white millennials. It’s happening in the Bronx in New York City, in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, and in the Shaw area of Washington, D.C. Shaw is the neighborhood at the center of SPA Associate Professor Derek Hyra’s new book, Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City.

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17 books published by SPA faculty in 2015-16

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

5,000 plus SPA media mentions in 2015-16

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Innovative Managers Improve Performance in Nursing Homes, Says New Study

SPA Associate Professor Anna Amirkhanyan, SPA Distinguished Visiting Scholar Ken Meier, and their co-authors studied the effect of management on U.S. nursing homes.

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Do Constituents Know or Care About Effectiveness of Congress?

Job performance usually matters when it comes to annual reviews, but effectiveness in Congress isn’t always linked to whether voters want to return their lawmakers to office.

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2017 Public Management Research Conference

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AU School of Public Affairs in the Media

  • Research by Dave Marcotte, SPA professor, was cited by the New York Times for an article about the relationship between allergies and student test scores.

  • Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke with the Sydney Morning Herald about the need for more women to run for office.

  • Anita McBride, SPA executive in residence, wrote an op-ed for The Hill about why the First Lady can be a catalyst for positive change.