Wed, May 6, 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!

Faculty News

CITS Senior Research Associate speaks at the UN

Apr 2015 CITS Senior Research Associate Dr. Sara Kutchesfahani spoke at the UN at the Academic Symposium on the NPT. The academic symposium was convened at the sidelines of the 2015 NPT Review Conference. The symposium was sponsored by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the UN's Office of Disarmament as host, and Harvard¹s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey were the academic co sponsors.

Student News

PhD Student is Awarded Interdisciplinary and Innovative Research Grant

Apr 2015 Harin Woo, a PhD candidate in the Department of Public Administration and Policy, has won an Interdisciplinary and Innovative Research Grant from the University of Georgia Graduate School. The $1,500 grant will help fund her dissertation research and will be used for supplies, travel, software, and data collection and analysis. “My research is about how the advancement of technology affects local public health managers' behaviors - in terms of information-seeking and -sharing activities - when they make decisions and implement policies.” said Woo. “Thanks to the Interdisciplinary and Innovative Research Grant, I can focus on my dissertation work, especially data analysis, during this summer.” Her dissertation project is entitled: "Facilitating and Improving the Exchange of Health Care Information in the US: How Advanced Technology Promotes Information Sharing among Organizations". The ultimate objective of her research is to identify how local government agencies have proactively developed and changed strategies for information sharing to enhance health policy, especially electronic health records program implementation.

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  • Kutchesfahani, Sara Z.

    Senior Research Associate

    Sara Z. Kutchesfahani came to CITS from the Nuclear Engineering and Nonproliferation Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She has worked on nuclear non-proliferation policy issues for most of the past decade holding research positions at the International Institute for Strategic Studies...

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    Christensen, Robert K.

    Associate Professor

    Dr. Christensen is passionate about public service. He studies public and nonprofit organizations and personnel--including courts and judges--to advance public service research, education, and practice....

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    Srivastava, Anupam

    Senior Fellow, CITS

  • Brunjes, Benjamin M.

    Major: Public Management

    Ben is a Ph.D. student interested in public management. He is currently conducting research on representative bureaucracy, collaborative management, and contracting out for services. Over the long-term, he hopes to further the knowledge of the implications of the “hollow state” and build a...

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    McKibben, Caitlin

    Major: Nonproliferation and International Security

    Caitlin McKibben is a Graduate Research Assistant with the Center of Trade and Security. As a second year Masters of International Policy student, Ms. McKibben is also pursuing her research into the impacts of Free Trade Zones on states’ strategic trade management programs....

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    Grafstein, Robert

    Associate Dean, SPIA

    Robert Grafstein is Associate Dean and Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Political Science....

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  • Evers, Cameron

    Major: Nonproliferation and International Security

    Cameron Evers is a graduate student of international security at the University of Georgia. His research focuses on African security, conflict, and politics....

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    Thompson, Julia

    Senior Research Associate

    Julia Thompson is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for International Trade and Security (CITS). Prior to joining CITS in 2014, she spent 15 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory where she worked on nonproliferation projects. She earned her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry at Northwestern...

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Events

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May 8

Spring 2015 Graduate Commencement

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May 8

Spring 2015 SPIA Convocation

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May 8

Spring 2015 Undergraduate Commencement

7:00 pm

Sanford Stadium

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Jun 12

Deadline for graduate students to submit an application for August 2015 graduation

5:00 pm

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Jun 12

Deadline for submitting applications for admission to candidacy for August 2015 graduation

5:00 pm

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Jun 19

Deadline for doctoral students to submit information for August 2015 Commencement program

5:00 pm

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Dec 18

Fall 2015 Undergraduate Commencement

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Dec 18

Fall 2015 Graduate Commencement