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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New Faculty Friday: Q&A with Harrison Frye
New Faculty Friday: Q&A with Harrison Frye

SPIA is excited to introduce Harrison Frye, assistant professor of political science. Harrison Frye received his PhD at the University of Virginia. His research interests lie in the nature of

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SPIA announces the 2019-2020 student ambassador cohort
SPIA announces the 2019-2020 student ambassador cohort

SPIA would like to announce the 2019-2020 SPIA Student Ambassadors. The Ambassador Program is under the oversight of the School’s Office of External Affairs. Ambassadors serve at the pleasure of the

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SPIA alumnus celebrates new role at Federal Reserve and gives back
SPIA alumnus celebrates new role at Federal Reserve and gives back

By: Rachael Andrews SPIA alumnus Jason O’Rouke has dedicated his post-UGA career to public service. His new role as government relations director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta means

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