Fri, August 28, 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: http://florianjustwan.com/

  • 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.

In the News

Study Finds State Policies Influence Vaccination, Disease Outbreak Rates

Aug 2015 Lax state vaccination laws contribute to lower immunization rates and increased outbreaks of preventable diseases—like whooping cough and measles—according to a new study from the University of Georgia. Through their research, released in the August issue of the journal Health Affairs, study authors David Bradford and Anne Mandich found higher rates of pertussis, or whooping cough, in states that allowed philosophical exemptions and used a standardized exemption form. Vaccination exemption rates have increased drastically in the past 10 years, according to the study, due largely to religious and philosophical reasons, which fall under the non-medical exemption category. All but three states allow exemptions based on religious reasons. Only 17 allow philosophical exemptions. And 39 states use a standardized exemption form. “We are seeing a significant association between pertussis rates and vaccination exemption,” said Bradford, who is the Busbee Chair in Public Policy in the UGA School of Public and International Affairs. “States with stricter policies have lower pertussis rates, which shows that policymakers do have it within their power to further limit the spread of these diseases.”

In the News

Former U.S. Rep John Barrow to be Scholar in Residence at SPIA

Jul 2015 Beginning in fall semester, former U.S. Rep. John Barrow will become a Scholar in Residence at the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs. Barrow is an Athens resident with strong ties to UGA and to the Athens community. After receiving his degree in political science from UGA in 1976, Barrow went on to earn his law degree from Harvard Law School. In 2004, he was elected to Georgia’s 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives where he represented portions of eastern Georgia until 2015. Previously, Barrow served for 14 years on the Athens-Clarke County Commission as the commissioner for the district that included UGA. Barrow will be teaching one class in the fall and two classes in the spring semester. The classes will focus primarily on factors that lead to political polarization in government today. Students will explore the impact of partisan gerrymandering, party caucuses, party leaders and legislative policy on party and ideological polarization.

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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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    Wilhelm, Teena

    Associate Professor

    Teena Wilhelm is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at University of Georgia. She has been at the University of Georgia since 2005, and received her PhD in American Politics from the University of Arizona. Her authored or co-authored research has appeared in major...

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    Moldogaziev, Temirlan

    Assistant Professor of Public Finance & Management

    Dr. Moldogaziev’s public finance research interests are in matters of financial intermediation & regulation, municipal securities pricing & liquidity, and access to capital for subnational governments. In public management, he conducts research on organizational empowerment, performance, and...

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  • Ainsworth, Scott H.

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    Smith, Brenda

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    Krimmel, Daniel

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Events

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Aug 28

SPIA Welcome

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us at the annual SPIA Welcome Reception to kick off a new academic year with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. All SPIA faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to join!

Botanical Gardens, Garden Club Terrace Room, 2450 S. Milledge Avenue Athens, GA 30606

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Sep 9

SPIA Study Abroad Information Session

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Candler Hall, Room 115

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Sep 16

Speaker: Beth-Anne Leech

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

202 Baldwin Hall

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Sep 25

Research Presentation: Prof. George Krause, University of Pittsburgh

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Dec 18

Fall 2015 Undergraduate Commencement

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Dec 18

Fall 2015 Graduate Commencement

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Feb 5

Speaker: Mark Hetherington, Vanderbilt University