Wed, October 7, 2015

SPIA In 60 Seconds

  • New CITS Director, Dr. Jones

    SPIA is very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Scott Jones as Director of the Center for International Trade and Security beginning July 1, 2015. With twenty years’ experience at the Center, Dr. Jones is highly qualified to lead this important organization at the School. We thank Professor William Keller for his dedicated service as Director over the past four and one-half years, during which time he worked tirelessly to further the Center’s mission. For the full story, click here

  • Justwan Joins Idaho Faculty

    The 2014-2015 academic year was a great year for job placements by Georgia's Political Science and International Affairs Ph.D. graduates. Most recently, Florian Justwan has accepted a faculty position at the University of Idaho, starting this fall. All total, five of our Ph.D. students accepted tenure-track positions, meaning that they will have the opportunity to earn tenure after several years at their new institutions. In addition to Florian's new position, Chris Hare is joining the University of California at Davis, Sarah Fisher is joining Emory and Henry College, Melanie Kolbe will be joining the Graduate School of International and Development Study in Switzerland, and Mark Owens is joining the University of Texas at Tyler. For more information about Florian Justwan's work, see:

  • Alumna Takes Fellowship Abroad

    For SPIA alumna Kendra Pengelly, her dreams of working in international policy have become a reality, and she has the School to thank. “I graduated in December of 2014 and started working for the European Parliament Liaison Office with US Congress at the beginning of the New Year,” said Pengelly. “ I analyze legislation and policies vital to the trans-atlantic relationship between the EU and the US.” As the Robert Schuman Fellow at the European Parliament Liaison Office with US Congress, Pengelly focuses on policy relevant to homeland security, cyber security, international trade, counterterrorism, nuclear security, international human rights, and the Middle East. She works alongside eleven European Parliament Senior staffers to encourage trans-atlantic dialogue.

  • Hands on Learning

    This month, Dr. Berejikian hosted the AP European History class from Cedar Shoals High School. Using his interactive policy computer games, he brought international relations to life for these lucky students. The day started with a lecture and training workshop, and moved to the hands-on computer simulation in the afternoon.  Dr. Berejikian provided each team with research topics and histories of their chosen countries, allowing the students to prepare for the day. Competing as major power players in interwar Europe, the students learned about cooperation, diplomacy, peace, and war.  Running back and forth across the room, the team leaders negotiated terms of roads, schools, and bridges, allowing each student a unique opportunity to learn policy through play.

  • Professor Diehl Delivers Lecture

    Paul F. Diehl, the Henning Larsen Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and President-elect of the International Studies Association (ISA), delivered an invited talk at the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at the University of Georgia entitled: “Not Taking One Thing at a Time: The Interdependence of Peace Operation Outcomes.” The talk detailed an ambitious new research agenda on the short- and long-term effectiveness of global peacekeeping and peacebuilding measures. This new agenda intends to answer important theoretical and policy-related questions about the use of peacekeeping operations through international organizations such as the United Nations and to improve their overall effectiveness in the long-run.

Faculty News

Remembering Dr. Howard J. Wiarda, 1939-2015

Sep 2015 Howard J. Wiarda, the Dean Rusk Professor of International Relations in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia and formerly the Leonard J. Horowitz Professor of Iberian and Latin American Studies at U-Mass died on September 12, 2015, just 2 months shy of his 76th birthday. After an illustrious career at the University of Massachusetts, at Amherst (where he still holds the unbroken record of becoming the youngest Full Professor at age 33 in the Department of Political Science), Professor Wiarda became the Founding Head in 2003 of the newly created Department of International Affairs, one of three Departments of the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. He is survived by his wife Dr. Iêda Siqueira Wiarda, herself a professional political scientist who taught at U-Mass and who also held the positions of Research Specialist at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and taught at the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia; and three children and five grandchildren and many nephews and nieces. He also leaves many close friends and former students in Amherst, Athens, Cambridge, Washington, and elsewhere who will miss him greatly as will his colleagues at the University of Georgia.

Student News, Faculty News

UGA Wins Three NASPAA Awards

Sep 2015 NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration) recently announced the 2015 award recipients for Outstanding Achievement in Public Service and three of those awards winners come from the University of Georgia. Tyler Scott, who recently joined the department as an Assistant Professor won the Best Dissertation Award for "Do All of These Meetings Matter? Three Essays Concerning the Impact of Collaborative Watershed Governance". Hal Rainey, Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor, won the William Duncombe Excellence in Doctoral Education Award. A PhD student, Jekyung Lee, won the Pi Alpha Alpha Doctoral Manuscript Award for his paper "Goal Ambiguity and Job Satisfaction in U.S. Federal Agencies". NASPAA's twofold mission is to ensure excellence in education and training for public service and to promote the ideal of public service. Congratulations to our three NASPAA award winners!

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  • Boyd, Christina L.

    Assistant Professor

    Christina L. Boyd is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her current research focuses on the quantitative examination of judges and litigants in federal courts. ...

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    Nesbit, Rebecca

    Assistant Professor

    Rebecca Nesbit is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia. She received her Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2008, specializing in nonprofit management, volunteerism...

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    Kennedy, Kristin

  • Dougherty, Keith


    Keith Dougherty specializes in the institutional design of American politics -- both the effects of various political institutions and the explanations for why certain political institutions were adopted....

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    Redman, Aaron

    MPA Career Services and Recruitment Coordinator

    Dove, Jamie

    Major: Local Government

    Jamie Dove, a Nicholson, Georgia native, graduated in 2013 from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. She is in school currently to obtain her MPA with a specialization in Local Government....

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  • Crepaz, Markus M. L.

    Department Head

    Dr. Crepaz received his Ph.D. in political science in 1992 from the University of California, San Diego. His research interests include the effects of formal political institutions on policy outcomes, the effect of immigration on the European welfare state project and identity of Europeans, the...

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Oct 16

Practice Job Talk with Karen Bodnaruk Jazayeri

Oct 21

D.C. Alumni Reception + Talk with Michael Leiter

Oct 28


3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Candler Hall

Nov 6

Visitation Day

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10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Baldwin Room 202

Visitation day is an opportunity to get an inside look into our MPA program and get a feel for it before you begin. Both prospective applicants, as well as those already accepted, are encouraged to attend. Throughout the day you will learn about our MPA degree, as well as meet and mingle with faculty, students, and alumni of our internationally renowned graduate program. Not only do we offer you an outstanding education, we also providing you with a community that will last a lifetime.

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Nov 13

MPA Information Session

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Candler Hall, Room 115

Dec 18

Fall 2015 Undergraduate Commencement

Dec 18

Fall 2015 Graduate Commencement

Feb 5

Speaker: Mark Hetherington, Vanderbilt University

Apr 29

SPIA Networking Night