Inaugurated in 2001 as the University of Georgia’s fourteenth college, the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) was formed from the existing Department of Political Science in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Emerging at a critical time in US history, SPIA’s existence since 2001 has coincided with public policy challenges and threats to democratic governance.

Now, more than ever, the nation and the world require scholars and students to focus their attention on the pressing policy and governance issues of the day. SPIA prepares undergraduate and graduate students for good citizenship and careers in public life and trains future generations of teachers and scholars in the fields of international affairs, political science, and public administration and policy.

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PhD Alumnus Appointed PAR Co-Editor-In-Chief
PhD Alumnus Appointed PAR Co-Editor-In-Chief

“This would not have been possible if not for the world-class education I received at SPIA/UGA.” – Dr. Paul Battaglio Dr. Paul Battaglio,University of Georgia PhD 2005 alumnus, has been

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Professor Abraham’s Fight for Substance Abuse Victims
Professor Abraham’s Fight for Substance Abuse Victims

Dr. Amanda Abraham and her work on opioid-related drug addiction is being featured in the UGA columns. Professor Abraham hopes to reduce the stigma of addiction and improve care for

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UGA Amazing Student
UGA Amazing Student

Elizabeth Hardister chose to attend UGA because of the research opportunities and has been involved in CURO ever since her first semester of freshman year. Outside of her studies, she does

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