Inaugurated in 2001 as the University of Georgia’s fourteenth college, the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) was formed from the existing Department of Political Science in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Emerging at a critical time in US history, SPIA’s existence since 2001 has coincided with public policy challenges and threats to democratic governance.

Now, more than ever, the nation and the world require scholars and students to focus their attention on the pressing policy and governance issues of the day. SPIA prepares undergraduate and graduate students for good citizenship and careers in public life and trains future generations of teachers and scholars in the fields of international affairs, political science, and public administration and policy.

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Analyzing the effect of Obama’s judicial appointments
Analyzing the effect of Obama’s judicial appointments

By: Shelby Steuart Over the course of his presidency, Obama appointed 55 appellate judges, 35 of whom were women and/or people of color, making the US Court of Appeals the

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Government contracting may decrease employee diversity
Government contracting may decrease employee diversity

By: Shelby Steuart A new study by researchers at the University of Georgia revealed that when governments contract work out to private companies, fewer  African-American, Hispanic, and female employees are

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Immigration, Empathy and the Decline of Social Cohesion in Germany
Immigration, Empathy and the Decline of Social Cohesion in Germany

By: Shelby Steuart The idea that welfare benefits should be restricted to “native citizens” is one that has gained popularity within the political right, both in the United States and

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