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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Building the Bridge: A SPIA Student’s Love for Policy and Technology
Building the Bridge: A SPIA Student’s Love for Policy and Technology

by Emily Gayle On Friday, April 1st, 2022, eight speakers took the stage at the historic Morton Theater for TEDxUGA. Staff, students, and alumni presented ideas that inspired “Wonder” in

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Meet the Board: Betsy Bradfield (AB ’17, ABJ ’17)
Meet the Board: Betsy Bradfield (AB ’17, ABJ ’17)

Betsy Bradfield (AB ’17, ABJ ’17) is the Political Affairs Manager for the Georgia Association of REALTORS® where she applies what she learned at UGA to advocate for her association’s

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SPIA Students Receive the UGA Presidential Award of Excellence
SPIA Students Receive the UGA Presidential Award of Excellence

by Emily Gayle Twin sisters, Ayah and Mennah Abdelwahab, have forever made their mark as SPIA students. As graduation nears, these stellar students were selected as UGA Presidential Award of

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