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 NEW ALUMNI BOARD MEMBER BERT BRANTLEY
MEET NEW ALUMNI BOARD MEMBER BERT BRANTLEY

Over the years, Bert Brantley (ABJ ‘97, MPA ‘05) has held a number of leadership roles in the state of Georgia. Bert is currently the President and CEO of the

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NEW BOOK RELEASE FROM DR. ALEXA BANKERT
NEW BOOK RELEASE FROM DR. ALEXA BANKERT

Dr. Alexa Bankert, Associate Professor of Political Science, co-authored a book entitled When Politics Becomes Personal: The Effect of Partisan Identity on Anti-Democratic Behavior, in which she weighs the consequences

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SPIA @TEDxUGA: K. Chad Clay
SPIA @TEDxUGA: K. Chad Clay

SPIA Associate Professor K. Chad Clay wants to reduce human suffering, and he bets you do, too. In his TEDxUGA 2023 talk, Clay, the director of SPIA’s Center for the

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