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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From margin to mainstream: The Far Right Today
From margin to mainstream: The Far Right Today

By: Rachael Andrews Dr. Cas Mudde, Stanley Wade Shelton UGAF Professor of International Affairs at the School of Public and International Affairs, has studied far right politics for over 20

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SPIA professor presents research at former home of James Madison
SPIA professor presents research at former home of James Madison

By: Rachael Andrews Dr. Keith Dougherty, professor of political science at the School of Public and International Affairs, spoke at former President James Madison’s Montpelier estate in Virginia in October.

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UGA’s School of Public and International Affairs Launches New Bachelor of Science Degree
UGA’s School of Public and International Affairs Launches New Bachelor of Science Degree

The School of Public and International Affairs launched a new Bachelor of Science Degree in political science in Fall 2019. The B.S. degree in Political Science is a program focused

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