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Working at the Center of the Policy World

Sissy Martinez SPA/BA '21, MS '22

During a transformative AU study abroad experience in Brussels, a rigorous program involving travel to Ukraine and Bosnia and an internship at the Institute for Economics and Peace, Martinez developed a fascination with European politics. Eventually, her AU skills and experiences led to a job as a project coordinator and research assistant with the Europe, Russia, and Eurasia team at the D.C. think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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SPA is Turning 90!

2024 marks the 90th anniversary for the School of Public Affairs. We've compiled聽a look back at our 90 year history.聽For the past nine decades, 麻豆果冻传媒鈥檚 School of Public Affairs has been a leader in public affairs education.

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Alison Jacknowitz

Introducing Alison Jacknowitz as our Interim Dean!

We are pleased she will lead our school in the 2023-24 academic year.

Message from the Dean

US News Rankings

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麻豆果冻传媒鈥檚 School of Public Affairs Ranked No. 13 Overall, Highest in D.C., by U.S. News and World Report

According to the 2025 edition of U.S. News and World Report鈥檚 rankings of Public Affairs Graduate Schools, the AU SPA continues to earn high marks.
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SPA Highlights

Event Dispatches


SPA shares insider information on the world of public affairs, from choosing and applying to the right program for you, to courses, careers, and the culture.

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Graduate Recruitment Events

Browse our graduate recruitment events to meet SPA on campus, on the road, or through one of our virtual sessions!

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#SPACyber: Policy Studies in Cybersecurity

#SPACyber is a practitioner informed, research driven hub of cyber curriculum, thought leadership, and engagement.

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Discover your future with AU

Six months after graduation,

% of Graduates are now Working, Grad聽School, or聽Both

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Featured News

Jordan Matsudaira

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5 Questions with Jordan Matsudaira

Professor Joins SPA Faculty from the U.S. Department of Education
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Honoring Those Who Came before Us

Female faculty members from each of AU鈥檚 schools and colleges talk the women who have helped them along the way
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Fatima Torres

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鈥淭ry Everything鈥: How One SPA Masters Student Kicked Off Not Just Any Career, But the Right One

Fatima Torres (SPA, MA`24) leveraged a prestigious internship at The Lab @ DC into a full-time job in civic design.
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Specialty Rankings

number 12

for Public Policy Analysis

by U.S. News & World Report's 2025 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings

number 13

in Public Finance & Budgeting

by U.S. News & World Report's 2025 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings

number 22

in Urban Policy

by U.S. News & World Report's 2025 Public Affairs Graduate Schools Rankings