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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Constitution Day speaker discusses importance of Juneteenth
Constitution Day speaker discusses importance of Juneteenth

By Megan Gerken On Friday, September 17, 2021, the American Founding Group and the School of Public and International Affairs hosted a celebration of Constitution Day. Constitution Day is the

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Dean Auer provides wildfire tips and safety insights
Dean Auer provides wildfire tips and safety insights

Matthew R. Auer, Dean and Arch Professor of Public and International Affairs was recently interviewed on the current issue of wildfires. See his Q&A session below. For the full article,

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Annual Getzen Lecture to feature Inspector General of the U.S. Department of the Interior
Annual Getzen Lecture to feature Inspector General of the U.S. Department of the Interior

Athens, Ga – Inspector General Mark Greenblatt will deliver the annual Getzen Lecture on Government Accountability sponsored by the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs and the

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