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 Ranked in the Top Ten
SPIA Ranked in the Top Ten

The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at the University of Georgia (UGA) ranks among the top-tier Public Affairs Graduate Schools according to U.S. News and World Report. SPIA

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New Faculty Friday: Q&A with with Garrett Vande Kamp
New Faculty Friday: Q&A with with Garrett Vande Kamp

SPIA is excited to introduce Garrett Vande Kamp! Dr. Garrett Vande Kamp earned his PhD from Texas A&M University in 2019. Dr. Vande Kamp leads a dual research agenda in

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SPIA PHD CANDIDATE SAMANTHA J. HARRIS ACCEPTS JOHNS HOPKINS BLOOMBERG SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH FELLOWSHIP
SPIA PHD CANDIDATE SAMANTHA J. HARRIS ACCEPTS JOHNS HOPKINS BLOOMBERG SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH FELLOWSHIP

Congratulations to Samantha J. Harris, SPIA PhD candidate and graduate research assistant, for her acceptance of a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship appointment with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s

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