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 professor reflects on elections and institutions in the years since 2016
SPIA professor reflects on elections and institutions in the years since 2016

By: Rachael Andrews Dr. Jamie Carson, the UGA Athletic Association Professor of Public and International Affairs, is paying close attention to the state of our elections, from 2016 to 2018,

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SPIA professor awarded Visiting Faculty Fellowship at Harvard University
SPIA professor awarded Visiting Faculty Fellowship at Harvard University

By: Rachael Andrews Dr. Jason Anastasopoulos, assistant professor of political science and public administration, was recently awarded a Visiting Faculty Fellowship by the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at

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SPIA professor researches gender norms in international courts
SPIA professor researches gender norms in international courts

By: Rachael Andrews Dr. Maryann Gallagher, lecturer in the department of international affairs, is using her courses on gender and international affairs to inform her research on international courts. In

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