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Former U.S. Rep John Barrow to be Scholar in Residence at SPIA

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Jul 2015

Beginning in fall semester, former U.S. Rep. John Barrow will become a Scholar in Residence at the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs. Barrow is an Athens resident with strong ties to UGA and to the Athens the community. After receiving his degree in political science from UGA in 1976, Barrow went on to earn his law degree from Harvard Law School. In 2004, he was elected to Georgia’s 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives where he represented portions of eastern and Georgia until 2015. Previously, Barrow served for 14 years on the Athens-Clarke County Commission as the commissioner for the district that included UGA. Barrow will be teaching one class in the fall and two classes in the spring semester. The classes will focus primarily on factors that lead to political polarization in government today. Students will explore the impact of partisan gerrymandering, party caucuses, party leaders and legislative policy on party and ideological polarization.

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Alumni News

MPA grads named to 40 under 40 list

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Jul 2015

The UGA Alumni Association recently released their list of the 2015 40 under 40. Two former MPA students, Jillian Puente (MPA '11) and Anisa Sullivan Jimenez (MPA '08) were included on the list. Jillian Puente currently lives in San Francisco, CA and works as a Marketing Manager for Google Fiber. Anisa Sullivan Jimenez lives in Athens and is the Director of Public Relations and Communications for the Clarke County School District. Alumni are nominated to appear on the list and are narrowed down. This year, the list was narrowed down from almost 500 young professionals. The individuals chosen for 40 under 40 have made great strides in both their personal and professional life and have kept close ties to their alma mater.

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Student News

Recent grad wins Singularity University scholarship

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Jul 2015

Recent MPA graduate, Marshall Mosher, recently won a Singularity University scholarship for his business idea, Vestigo. This scholarship covers an intensive graduate study program that educates on the use of technology to solve some of the world's most pressing issues. Vestigo is an online service that connects people to outdoor activities.

UGA Today

Student News

Justwan Joins University of Idaho Faculty

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Jun 2015

The 2014-2015 academic year was a great year for job placements by Georgia's Political Science and International Affairs Ph.D. graduates. Most recently, Florian Justwan has accepted a faculty position at the University of Idaho, starting this fall. All total, five of our Ph.D. students accepted tenure-track positions, meaning that they will have the opportunity to earn tenure after several years at their new institutions. In addition to Florian's new position, Chris Hare is joining the University of California at Davis, Sarah Fisher is joining Emory and Henry College, Melanie Kolbe will be joining the Graduate School of International and Development Study in Switzerland, and Mark Owens is joining the University of Texas at Tyler. Florian Justwan will be an assistant professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Idaho. The University of Idaho is consistently recognized as one of the best public colleges by The Princeton Review, and rated as a good value for academic strength and affordability by Kiplinger's and Newsweek. The University of Idaho is also home to the McClure Center for Public Policy Research. Florian's teaching and research focuses on the effects of generalized social trust on international and domestic politics. At Idaho, he plans to continue to teach courses that introduce the fields of International Relations and Comparative Politics, as well as a course on the Politics of Development. He has already published three peer-reviewed articles in academic journals and a trade book about U.S. foreign policy with Cuba. For more information about Florian Justwan's work, see: http://florianjustwan.com/

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Faculty news

Dr. Khripunov publishes op-ed in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Center for International Trade and Security

Jun 2015

CITS Distinguished Fellow and SPIA adjunct professor Dr. Igor Khripunov published an op-ed in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists entitled "A culture of security: Focus for the next Nuclear Security Summit?" The article focuses on the evolving debate on nuclear security culture and the role of nuclear security culture in the discussions at the Nuclear Security Summits.

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

Faculty News

Professor Whitford Appointed to NAPA Panel

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Jun 2015

Dr. Andy Whitford was appointed as a panel member for the next National Academy of Public Administration’s (NAPA) Federal Leaders Digital Insight Study in Washington D.C. This annual report surveys Federal leaders’ perspectives on government’s implementation of technology to best serve its constituencies. Whitford, a professor of public policy, says this high-profile opportunity to provide expertise to NAPA on an increasingly important topic is “an honor." “My colleagues in the Department of Public Administration and Policy have been especially supportive in allowing me to respond to opportunities like this that create goodwill for UGA in Washington, DC."

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Student News

PhD Student Accepts Assistant Professorship in Geneva, Switzerland

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

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.”

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Outreach

CITS hosts two workshops in Vietnam

Center for International Trade and Security

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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Department News

2015 PMRA Conference

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Jun 2015

UGA Department of Public Administration and Policy was nicely represented at the 2015 Public Management Research Association Conference which was held June 11-13, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. UGA PhD students and faculty attended in force and presented many important papers and posters. Faculty also served as panel discussants and chairs.

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Alumni News

PhD graduate speaks on radio show

Department of Public Administration and Policy

May 2015

PADP PHD graduate Derrick Anderson, now assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University, recently discussed the future of student lending and innovation (or the lack thereof) in for-profit higher education with Arizona's KJZZ.

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