The Public Purpose


Executive BoardAmanda Hermans is the Editor-in-Chief of the Public Purpose Journal and a second-year Master of Public Policy candidate at American University’s School of Public Affairs. She also works as a research assistant at The Lab @ DC, an evidence-based policy...

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The Public Purpose Journal

The Public Purpose Journal is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary academic journal presenting the work of American University graduate students from the Departments of Government; Justice, Law, and Criminology; and Public Administration and Policy. Founded in 2002, The Public Purpose is supported by the School of Public Affairs Graduate Council with the involvement and guidance of the Faculty Review Board, consisting of some of American University’s most distinguished professors. The journal is entirely student-run and currently has a staff of about twenty students.

Print Journal Guidelines

Submissions Open for Spring 2022 This spring, The Public Purpose staff will publish the 20th edition of our print journal, the School of Public Affairs’ peer-reviewed journal for graduate students. We invite you to submit your original work for this special...