Mon, December 22, 2014

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  • 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!

  • JOIN the Crowd

    Donate to help get students from the arches of UGA to study abroad programs in Italy and Asia! Give online to support SPIA’s mission of international education. Watch as your gift helps move the arches across the map as students Bilan Ali and Rita Ebhaleme get closer to their fundraising goals for supporting study abroad programs.

  • Whitford Elected to NAPA

    Congratulations to Professor Andrew Whitford for being elected as a National Academy of Public Administration Fellow.  He joins Professor Rainey and Professor O’Toole in this distinguished group.  NAPA Fellows are selected in recognition of a lifelong contribution to the public service and is one of the highest national honors for public servants, researchers and lecturers.  The National Academy of Public Administration is a non-partisan organization chartered by the US Congress in 1965 to improve the practice of public management by recognizing excellence in the public service and by conducting management studies and technical assistance for all levels of government.

Student News

PhD Students Accept Assistant Professorships

Dec 2014 Two students in the Political Science & International Affairs Ph.D. program have recently accepted faculty positions at first-rate academic institutions. Both of these students will graduate with their Ph.D. in Political Science & International Affairs from the University of Georgia in May 2015 and will start their new faculty jobs in the fall of 2015. Chris Hare has accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. In 2013, US News and World Report ranked UC-Davis as having the #23 graduate program in Political Science nationwide. Sarah Fisher has accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Department of Politics, Law, and International Relations at Emory & Henry College. Emory & Henry is consistently regarded as one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges. In 2014, Washington Monthly rated Emory & Henry as the #37 liberal arts college in the nation.

In The News

CITS trains Ukrainian nuclear professionals

Dec 2014 The Center for International Trade and Security, in partnership with Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant, Bulgaria, hosted a training workshop for a group of high-level Ukrainian nuclear professionals on "Nuclear Security Culture: Theory and Practice" in Sofia, Bulgaria between November 24-27. The workshop was funded by the United States Department of State’s Partnership for Nuclear Security (PNS), UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM), and the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change.

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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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    Kutchesfahani, Sara Z.

    CITS 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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    Ward, Tiffany Nicole

    Major: Higher Education Administration and Nonprofit Administration

    Detailed-oriented and resourceful young professional looking to leverage leadership and communication skills to establish a career in Fundraising and Development or Philanthropy....

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  • Bertsch, Gary K.

    University Professor Emeritus

    Zimmermann, Laura

    Assistant Professor

    Laura Zimmermann is an assistant professor in the Department of International Affairs and the Department of Economics at the University of Georgia. Her research interests are in the areas of economic development and political economy with a focus on South Asia. Prior to joining the faculty at SPIA...

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    Kreis, Anthony Michael

    Major: Law & Courts, Public Administration & Management

    Anthony Michael Kreis is a Ph.D Candidate in the Departments of Political Science and Public Administration & Policy. His major fields are law and courts and public administration and management....

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  • Perren, Sam

    Sam graduated from the University of Georgia in 2011 with an A.B. in History. After two years working in his hometown of Dallas, Georgia, he returned to Athens in the fall of 2013 to pursue an MPA. ...

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    Coots, Audrey

    I am a part-time MPA student at UGA Gwinnett and a full-time state employee with aspirations of working in health policy and government affairs. ...

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    Lynch, Michael

    Assistant Professor

    Michael S. Lynch is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Georgia. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis and worked as an assistant professor for six years at the University of Kansas prior to moving to the University of...

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Jan 9

Speaker: Christopher Witko

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Feb 20

Speaker: Michael Munger

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Mar 6

Speaker: Ralph Ketchm

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Mar 27

Speaker: Ken Kollman

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm