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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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Faculty

A Good Life on a Finite Earth

Daniel Fiorino, distinguished executive in residence at the American University School of Public Affairs, argues that policymakers need to protect the environment if they want the economy to grow in the long-term.

In his new book, A Good Life on a Finite Earth: The Political Economy of Green Growth, which was published in December by Oxford University Press, Fiorino links academic research with policy analysis.

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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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Steven Putansu

In the Community ·

SPA Alumnus and Adjunct Recognized for Outstanding Contributions

Steven Putansu, SPA/PhD ’12, a senior social science analyst with the Government Accountability Office and SPA adjunct professor, was honored on June 6 for improving research methodology at the agency and saving significant taxpayer dollars.
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AU President Sylvia Burwell with Shyheim Snead

Achievements ·

SPA Students Recognized with 2018 American University Awards

SPA students were among those recently honored with University Awards for their exceptional work and accomplishments.
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Tricia Bacon talks about her book

Research ·

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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SPA Faculty in the News

  • Assistant Professor of Government, Elizabeth Sherman, wrote an article for The Conversation about John McCain's political legacy.

  • Executive-in-Residence, Betsy Fischer Martin, co-wrote an article for NBC News in tribute to Tim Russert, former famed moderator of “Meet the Press.”

  • Director of the Women and Politics Institute, Jennifer Lawless, spoke to The Washington Post about women running for office across the country.