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Numbers Hold Power

"After being in this program, I've learned to look at numbers with a new appreciation. I believe numbers hold power. Now I see how data analysis cuts straight to the core message and efficacy of a policy."
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Politics of Science

In an era of political polarization, science is sometimes used as a rhetorical weapon. Research findings for a wide variety of issues – ranging from the economy to climate change, poverty to immunizations – have become political talking points. Watch as SPA Assistant Professor Liz Suhay, an expert in political bias, talks about the politics of science.

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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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Tricia Bacon talks about her book

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New Book Examines How Terrorist Groups Become Allies

A new book, Why Terrorist Groups Form International Alliances, by SPA Assistant Professor Tricia Bacon, examines why some terrorist groups choose to work together.
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open journals stacked on top of eachother

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SPA to Host American Journal of Political Science, Among Other Top Research Journals

The American Journal of Political Science joins two other quarterly, peer-reviewed research publications that moved to SPA this year. SPA will host AJPS for one year.
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Aaron Torop, SPA/BA ’18, presenting research

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SPA Sponsors Six Undergraduate Students to Present Research at National Conference

For the third year in a row, SPA sponsored six students to attend the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
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SPA Faculty in the News

  • SPA Assistant Professor Tricia Bacon, co-authored an article for The Washington Post analyzing the role Osama bin Laden’s death played in the rise of the Islamic State.

  • SPA Associate Professor Derek Hyra, spoke to The New York Times about the effect gentrification and what can be done to maintain Durham, NC's diversity.

  • Executive-in-Residence Capri Cafaro, appeared on Fox News to talk about the controversy surrounding Michelle Wolf’s monologue at the White House Correspondents Dinner.