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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 »


Early Childcare Policy Explainer

SPA Assistant Professor Taryn Morrissey's work centers on examining and improving public policies for vulnerable children. Ongoing research examines the social determinants of food insecurity and obesity, and the impacts of neighborhood poverty and family instability on children's development. She is one of the authors of the book, Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality.

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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

SPA Executive in Residence, Betsy Fischer Martin interviews authors Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen about their new book, Shattered.

Government & Politics

Authors of Best-Selling Book “Shattered”
Visit SPA to Talk About Hillary Clinton’s
2016 Campaign

Journalists Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen give some compelling explanations in their recent best-selling book, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign.

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Political activism among women has swelled in the wake of the 2016 election.


The Trump Effect: Despite Increase in Political Activism, Few Women Seek Office

A new study by AU School of Public Affairs Professor Jennifer Lawless, and Loyola Marymount University Professor Richard Fox, found that despite an increase in political activism, women continue to lag behind men in political ambition.

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AU School of Public Affairs in the Media

  • Kimberly Cowell-Meyers, SPA assistant professor, wrote in a Washington Post op-ed that the U.K. election may have a destabilizing effect on Northern Ireland.

  • Chris Edelson, SPA assistant professor, appeared on VOA News to discuss former FBI Director James Comey's Capitol Hill testimony.

  • Paul Bledsoe, adjunct professorial lecturer in SPA's Center for Environmental Policy, spoke to The Economist about the United States' exit from the Paris Climate Agreement.