The department was formed in 2001 when the School of Public & International Affairs was founded.  Formerly the department had been part of the larger Political Science department in Franklin College. We moved into a newly renovated Candler Hall in August, 2003, and began offering courses with the INTL prefix that fall.

We currently have 14 tenured and tenure-track faculty in our department, teaching a wide array of topics including introduction to global studies, comparative politics, foreign policy, and strategic intelligence. Many of our faculty have won prestigious teaching awards at the school and university levels.

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The ABC’s of Success: Douglas Harden’s Journey from SPIA to the DOE
The ABC’s of Success: Douglas Harden’s Journey from SPIA to the DOE

By Marli Collier “I definitely had a moment a few years ago when I was downtown and walked outside the Department of Energy Headquarters building, known formally as the James

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India Fights Rebels with Jobs Program
India Fights Rebels with Jobs Program

A UGA study shows world’s largest anti-poverty program is succeeding politically, not economically Athens, Ga. — Economic programs can be an effective way for governments to fight insurgents, according to

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SPIA celebrates five 40 under 40 honorees
SPIA celebrates five 40 under 40 honorees

SPIA is proud to announce that five alumni will be recognized this fall as recipients of the UGA Alumni Association’s 40 under 40 award. This award, given annually, recognizes successful

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2017 Networking Night

On April 21, 2017, the third annual SPIA Networking Night was hosted at the Holiday Inn in Athens, GA. There were over 250 alumni, faculty, students, and organizations in attendance.

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SPIA DC Reception & Program

On November 16, 2016, the School of Public and International Affairs hosted its annual reception and program for alumni and friends in Washington DC. The event’s program featured a post-election

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory Trip

In March 2014, fifteen students from the Masters of International Policy and Doctorate in International Affairs programs, accompanied by the director and staff of the Center for International Trade and

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This is our spring at UGA

Spring arrives early here at UGA. We start wear sandals in January, shorts and t-shirts in February and you can catch us walking barefoot through the grass on North Campus

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It’s pretty quiet here… except on Saturdays

Some would say that fall is the best time of year at UGA. And they’d be 30% right. Spring and summer are great, too. Maybe it’s the smell of coffee

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Globis Asia Study Abroad Program

The Globis Asia Study Abroad Program offers students a tremendous opportunity to experience the unique culture, politics, and historical sites of Japan, China, and the Korean Peninsula. Through both classroom

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