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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Faculty Profile: Amanda Murdie
Faculty Profile: Amanda Murdie

By Marlin Collier For a person unfamiliar to the field, reading the abbreviations “IR,” “INGOs,” and “HR” might have you overwhelmingly crying “SOS.” But Dr. Amanda Murdie is here to

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Director of SPIA Research Center Comments on Race for GA’s 6th District
Director of SPIA Research Center Comments on Race for GA’s 6th District

Clint Owens | News Editor, Red and Black Georgia’s 6th district special congressional election between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel has attracted nationwide attention in recent weeks. It’s

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Creating Community Connections
Creating Community Connections

By Marlin Collier Dr. Brian Williams will tell you he’s been at UGA for a long time. “I’m a native Georgian, and I’m also an alum of UGA. I’m a

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Upcoming Events

Constitution Day 2017
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
UGA Chapel
Iliyan Iliev
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
TBD