Mon, June 27, 2016

SPIA In 60 Seconds

  • Gov Barnes Speaks at Graduation

    Former Gov. Roy Barnes ridiculed politicians who made bathroom gender an issue in recent weeks in his talk to University of Georgia graduates Friday.“I’m just telling, you, it’s just never been a problem in my life,” Barnes, 68, told graduates of UGA’s School of Public and International Affairs... “Your job is to keep things focused on things that make a difference..” To read the full story on the Athens Banner Herald website, please click here.

  • Nunn, Perry Give Charter Lecture

    The U.S. and the Soviet Union came horrifyingly close to nuclear disaster on several occasions during the Cold War, said former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry during the April 26 University of Georgia Charter Lecture co-hosted by the School of Public and International Affairs. 

    However, Perry and former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn said the world is no safer from a nuclear threat now than it has been in the 71 years since the last nuclear weapons were used over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Instead, the speakers said the threat might be getting more acute with nine nations now believed to have nuclear weapons, plus the efforts by Iran and North Korea to acquire nuclear weapons and the threat of terrorists constructing and detonating a rudimentary "dirty bomb" from radiological materials. For the full story, click here. To view the lecture, click here.

  • Putnam Navigates Delegate Rules

    Josh Putnam, a lecturer in the political science department, has been all over the news lately. His most recent interview aired on February 6, 2016 on PBS Newshour. His blog, Frontloading HQ, is featured in the story as he uses the platform to help decipher the often-complicated delegate rules that vary from state to state.  For more information about the blog, click here. To watch the full interview, click here.

  • Wright Elected to NAPA

    Congratulations to Public Administration and Policy Department Head and Professor Bradley Wright for being elected as a National Academy of Public Administration Fellow.  He joins Professor Rainey, Professor Whitford, 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

SPIA Student Receives Pickering Fellowship

May 2016 University of Georgia Honors student Valerie Tucker has been awarded a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship for students interested in careers in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. As a Pickering Fellow, Tucker will receive a scholarship of up to $37,500 annually for tuition and other expenses for her senior year of undergraduate studies as well as for her first year enrolled in a master's degree program. Tucker, who is from Fort Walton Beach, Florida, is a junior majoring in international affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs and Spanish in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. She is one of 10 undergraduates and 20 graduate students chosen for the 23rd cohort of the program from among hundreds of applicants from 160 colleges and universities.

Faculty News

Rainey Wins 2016 Frederickson Award

Apr 2016 Hal Rainey has been selected to receive the 2016 H. George Frederickson Award of the Public Management Research Association for career contributions to public management research and the intellectual development of the field. He will be receiving the award at this summer’s PMRA Conference in Aarhus, Denmark. This is a huge but very well deserved honor! Previous winners of this award are few but all very distinguished: Laurence Lynn, Jr., Christopher Hood, Beryl Radin, Kenneth J. Meier, Barry Bozeman and Jim Perry.

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  • Bertsch, Gary K.

    University Professor Emeritus

    Paczkowski, Caroline

    Director of Public Relations

    Fleming, Ryan

  • Fern, Rebecca

    Administrative Assistant

    Becky joined the Department of Political Science in 2014. She is responsible for assisting in directing and managing of the department's accounting services. Becky was born and raised in Athens, and she is a proud UGA graduate and UGA mom....

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    Maltese, John A.

    Albert Berry Saye Professor

    John Anthony Maltese is the Albert Berry Saye Professor of American Government and Constitutional Law and a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor. He is currently Head of the Department of Political Science....

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    Atkins, D. Keith

    Major: Organization Theory and Behavior

    Originally from South Carolina, I received my Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees from The University of Georgia. After working as a public service assistant for the UGA Small Business Development Center for six years, I am now pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Administration and...

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  • Putnam


    Josh Putnam joined the UGA Political Science faculty in August 2015 as a lecturer after a similar stints at Wake Forest, Davidson College and Appalachian State University. ...

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View complete SPIA Calendar
Sep 16

Constitution Day

Sponsor: SPIA, Law School, and The American Founding Group

2:00 pm

Sep 23

SPIA Speaker Series: Eric Uslaner

3:30 pm

Oct 7

Jon Elster, Columbia University, “The Political Psychology of Constitution Making”

3:30 pm

Baldwin 202

Nov 4

SPIA Speaker Series: Ryan Owens

3:30 pm

Jan 27

SPIA Speaker Series: Will Moore

3:30 pm

Mar 24

Margaret Williams Research Talk

3:30 pm


Mar 31

SPIA Speaker Series: Brigitte Zimmerman

3:30 pm