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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Meet the Board: Kevin Abernethy (AB ’99)
Meet the Board: Kevin Abernethy (AB ’99)

Kevin Abernethy (AB ’99) is quick to acknowledge the people who have influenced his career path, and as a member of the SPIA Alumni Board, he hopes to curate avenues

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SPIA professor links terror attacks to social desirability bias in new article
SPIA professor links terror attacks to social desirability bias in new article

By: Rachael Andrews In his most recent research article, “Threat-Inducing Violent Events Exacerbate Social Desirability Bias in Survey Responses,” Dr. Shane Singh, along with his co-author, investigates the connection between

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SPIA Ranks Among Top 10 Global Institutions for Public Administration
SPIA Ranks Among Top 10 Global Institutions for Public Administration

The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at the University of Georgia (UGA) ranks among the top ten institutions worldwide for Public Administration according to the 2021 Global Ranking

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