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.

Publications

VOLUME 19
Spring 2021


VOLUME 18
Fall 2020


VOLUME 17
Spring 2019


VOLUME 16
Spring 2018


VOLUME 15
Spring 2017


VOLUME 14
Spring 2016


VOLUME 13
Spring 2015


VOLUME 12
Spring 2014


VOLUME 11
Spring 2013


VOLUME 10
Spring 2012


VOLUME 9
Spring 2011


VOLUME 8
Spring 2010


VOLUME 7
Spring 2009


VOLUME 6
Spring 2008


VOLUME 5
Spring 2007


VOLUME 4
Spring 2006


VOLUME 3
Spring 2005


VOLUME 2
Spring 2004


VOLUME 1
Spring 2003


THE PUBLIC PURPOSE MAGAZINE
Issue 1, Spring 2015


Interested in submitting your work to the Public Purpose Journal?

Submissions for the PPJ’s 20th anniversary edition are now open to graduate students enrolled at American University’s School of Public Affairs. See our print guidelines page for details.