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.

Editions

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

Interested in submitting your work to the Public Purpose Journal?

Submissions for the PPJ’s 20th anniversary edition are open to graduate students enrolled at American University’s School of Public Affairs through January 21, 2022. See our print guidelines page for details.