Tue, June 30, 2015

SPIA In 60 Seconds

  • 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.

  • Publications

    Researchers at CITS promote nonproliferation through publications targeted to a variety of audiences. The 1540 Compass magazine educates stakeholders about the practical concerns of enforcement and legislation. Reports on specific topics cover the latest concerns and new ideas in the field. Books edited by our researchers address an academic audience, while articles and letters in mainstream magazines and newspapers educate the general public.

  • 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.

  • We Are SPIA

    2014 was an exciting year for the School of Public and International Affairs. Our departments and faculty continue to win top honors for their powerful teaching and productive research. From recieving the university's highest recognition for superior instruction to presenting research on security policy with the United States Strategic Command, our school never ceases to amaze. For a review of the year, please click here and consider supporting your alma mater this holiday season!

Student News

PhD Student Accepts Assistant Professorship in Geneva, Switzerland

Jun 2015 SPIA doctoral candidate Melanie Kolbe has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of International and Development Study in Geneva, Switzerland. Starting in September, Kolbe will be teaching Comparative Politics and Political Economy in the school’s Department of International Relations/Political Science. Her research addresses the social, political and economic aspects of industrialized nations’ management of increased immigration. She also studies the ways in which immigrants integrate into their host-society, as well as the public policies facilitating this. Kolbe’s research in immigration studies, comparative political economy and public policy also touches on such diverse topics as immigrant public opinion, interest group politics and citizenship and multiculturalism. Kolbe credits her continued success to her time at SPIA. “The faculty at the Department of International Affairs prepared me well for my career through rigorous training in political science, through rewarding intellectual engagement and challenge, and by being extremely supportive to help me become a good scholar and instructor.”


CITS hosts two workshops in Vietnam

Jun 2015 CITS hosted a pair of workshops in Hanoi, Vietnam focused on training nuclear safety professionals and developing legal and regulatory frameworks for CBRN security, respectively. The workshops, hosted from June 8 - 11, brought together a wide array of Vietnamese stakeholders in the two issue areas and were generously supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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    O’Toole, Laurence J.

    Golembiewski Professor of Public Administration and Distinguished Research Professor

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    Major: Public Administration and Policy

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    Senior Research Associate

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Aug 10

PADP Fall 2015 Socialization

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Fall orientation for students enrolling in spring, summer, and fall semesters of 2015. Socialization is a three-day event that will take place on Monday, August 10 and Tuesday, August 11 as well as Friday, August 14.

Sep 25

Research Presentation: Prof. George Krause, University of Pittsburgh

Oct 23

Speaker: Mark Hetherington, Vanderbilt University

Dec 18

Fall 2015 Undergraduate Commencement

Dec 18

Fall 2015 Graduate Commencement