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 Dr. Emily Lawler
New Faculty Friday: Q&A with Dr. Emily Lawler

Emily Lawler received her PhD in Economics from Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses include health economics, development economics, and applied microeconomics. Lawler is particularly interested in analyzing the effects of

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Dr. Crepaz Wins Prestigious Study Abroad Award
Dr. Crepaz Wins Prestigious Study Abroad Award

Dr. Crepaz won the Forum on Education Abroad’s 2018 Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design for his course called “Political Development” and will be presented the award in

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CITS Enters into New Cooperative Agreement with State Department
CITS Enters into New Cooperative Agreement with State Department

UGA’s Center for International Trade and Security (CITS) recently entered into two new cooperative agreements with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction. The agreements are part

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