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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SPIA professor is recipient of APSA lifetime achievement award
SPIA professor is recipient of APSA lifetime achievement award

By: Shelby Steuart Professor of Public Administration and Policy and PhD Program Director J. Edward Kellough was recently awarded the American Political Science Association’s 2019 John Gaus Award and Lectureship.

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How to help public officials avoid creating monsters
How to help public officials avoid creating monsters

By: Shelby Steuart What does Godzilla have to do with predicting how close we are to nuclear war? According to Dr. Jeff Berejikian, who recently presented on this topic at

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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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