Tue, March 31, 2015

SPIA In 60 Seconds

  • Ambassador Applications 2015

    The 2015-2016 SPIA Student Ambassador program application period is now open. To apply, please fill out the 2015 SPIA Ambassador Application and attach your resume. The application deadline is APRIL 1, 2015. Ambassadors enhance the internal undergraduate experience, as well as bolster the School’s reputation with external constituencies, such as alumni, donors, and citizens of the local community. This group assists with public relation and development efforts and events, which may include, but are not limited to, School ceremonies and lectures; departmental programs; fundraisers; student orientations and graduation; Board of Visitor meetings; and on and off-campus visits with alumni and friends of the School.

  • 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

UGA students take top prize in national policy competition

Mar 2015 MPA Students, Phillip McAuley and Brianna Roberts, alongside MPH students Nicole La Tournous and Paula Buchanan brought home the top prize at the Public Policy Challenge National Invitational held by the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and Governing Magazine. UGA is the first public school to bring home the top prize. The competition was held March 20-22 in Philadelphia, PA. The winning proposal, called (fem)me, is a plan to distribute feminine hygiene products to homeless and transitional women in Athens. The team was advised by Drs. David Bradford and Grace Bagwell-Adams.

Student News

SPIA Graduate Students Win Prestigious Teaching Awards

Mar 2015 The PhD program in Political Science and International Affairs boasts three recipients of UGA’s two most prestigious teaching awards for graduate students: the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost; and the Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by the Graduate School. Congratulations to PhD student Sarah Fisher for receiving the Excellence in Teaching Award and congratulations to PhD students Kayce Mobley and Anthony Kreis for each receiving an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award!

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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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    McAuley, Phillip

    Major: Public Policy and Local Government Management

    Phillip McAuley is pursuing his first year of his Master’s of Public Administration with a concentration in Public Policy and Local Government Management....

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  • Brazzell, Donna

    Director of Development

    Ms. Brazzell joined the External Affairs Office of the School of Public and International Affairs in December 2013, as the Director of Development. For the past six years, she was the Executive Director of the DeKalb Library Foundation in Decatur, Georgia. She worked at the American Lung Association...

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    Eom, Seok-Jin

    Visiting Faculty

    Kellough, J. Edward


    J. Edward Kellough, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia (UGA). Previously, he has served as Department Head as well as Director of the MPA and PhD programs in public administration at UGA. Dr. Kellough specializes in public...

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  • 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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    Mudde, Cas

    Associate Professor

    Cas Mudde was born in the Netherlands, where he gained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science at Leiden University, under the supervision of the late Peter Mair. Before coming to the US in 2008, he has held tenure-track positions at Central European University (Hungary), the University of Edinburgh...

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View complete SPIA Calendar
Apr 3

Speaker: Roldolfo Sarsfield

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Candler Hall, Room 214

Apr 6

Deadline for submitting thesis or dissertation for a format check for May 2015 graduation

5:00 pm

Apr 10

Speaker: Tom Clark

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Baldwin Hall, Room 302

Apr 10

SPIA Networking Night

Apr 24

Speaker: Sara Mitchell

Apr 27

Final date for the receipt by the Graduate School

5:00 pm

May 1

Final date for completing all requirements for May 2015 graduation

5:00 pm

May 8

Spring 2015 Graduate Commencement

May 8

Spring 2015 SPIA Convocation

May 8

Spring 2015 Undergraduate Commencement

7:00 pm

Sanford Stadium