School of Public Affairs

School of Public Affairs

A Passion for Education Reform

I am passionate about educational reform and aspire to lead a large agency where I can influence educational discourse and policy. SPA’s MPA is helping me develop my leadership skills and pursue my profession of purpose.

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

Faculty

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

A new report by SPA faculty explores the relationship between nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and local governments in developing countries.

Research

A Look at Lebanon: Untangling the Relationship Between NGOs and Local Governments

A new report by SPA faculty explores the relationship between nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and local governments in developing countries.

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Democratic leaders are more likely to adopt social media. They are held to higher standards of accountability than their autocratic counterparts.

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The Internet Bully Pulpit: Why Do World Leaders Adopt Social Media?

President Trump is not the only leader to embrace social media. A recent study by SPA’s Professor Thomas Zeitzoff reveals that 76 percent of world leaders had an active presence on social media by the end of 2014.

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Trump is (Un)Doing More Than You Think

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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.