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 Candidate Courtney Yarbrough Accepts Emory University Offer
PhD Candidate Courtney Yarbrough Accepts Emory University Offer

Congratulations to Courtney Yarbrough, a UGA MPA alumna and soon-to-be PhD graduate, on accepting an offer from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health! Courtney was selected to be a part

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A SPIA Love Story
A SPIA Love Story

By Sydney Juliano As Baldwin Hall undergoes renovation, many of us can reflect on our time spent in the building. For Michael “Sully” Sullivan, one day in Baldwin holds a

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Faculty Profile: Cas Mudde
Faculty Profile: Cas Mudde

Growing up in the Netherlands, SPIA Professor Cas Mudde never understood why the small amount of radical right political activity was so pervasive in the news. Why was everyone on

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