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 Emerging Leaders Profile: Alexis Boss
SPIA Emerging Leaders Profile: Alexis Boss

Alexis Boss is a senior at UGA, double majoring in international affairs and political science. Her experience with the SPIA Emerging Leaders program has opened her eyes to the importance

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SPIA Emerging Leaders Profile: Elizabeth Griffin
SPIA Emerging Leaders Profile: Elizabeth Griffin

Elizabeth Griffin graduated in 2019 from SPIA with two bachelor’s degrees in political science and international affairs. From there, she jumped straight into her master’s program in public administration at

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SPIA alumni collaborate with SPIA professor to track opioid use disorder treatment and opioid use on the local level
SPIA alumni collaborate with SPIA professor to track opioid use disorder treatment and opioid use on the local level

By: Rachael Andrews  In a SPIA research collaboration, Dr. Courtney Yarbrough (PhD, ‘17), assistant professor of health policy and management at Emory University,  Dr. Amanda Abraham, associate professor of public

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