Dear Students, Parents, Alumni, Friends, and Visitors:

Welcome to the School of Public and International Affairs website. Whether you’re here to discover more about our many degree and study abroad programs, look up one of our great students, faculty, or staff, explore the many opportunities available through SPIA inside or outside the classroom, including the Center for International Trade and Security (CITS) and the Center for the Study of International Issues (GLOBIS), check on upcoming events, or just browse through some pictures, I think you’ll discover that SPIA offers you a world of possibilities.

We are also pleased that the Baldwin Hall Expansion and Renovation project is fully underway!  A new annex to the existing Baldwin Hall will provide a special space for SPIA faculty and students and a wonderful event space overlooking the historic cemetery on Jackson Street.  We thank our SPIA alumni and members of the Georgia General Assembly, Representative Earl Ehrhart and President Pro Tem and Senator David Shafer, as well as Speaker David Ralston (whose son Matt is a SPIA alumnus) and Governor Nathan Deal, for their efforts on SPIA’s behalf in making the Baldwin Hall project a reality.

As we hope you have noticed, we have three social media outlets—Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn—and, most important, implemented an alumni profile feature on our website.  We hope you will participate and follow us through these social media outlets.

There is so much more to tell, but we will keep you posted on other developments through social media and the website.  We have reason to be proud of our initiatives, but we are always searching for new ways to enhance our programs.  If you have any ideas to share, please contact me at, and follow me on Twitter at @SPIADean.

Thank you for visiting with us!

Robert Grafstein

Interim Dean and Georgia Athletic Association
Professor of Political Science