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.

Latest News

New Faculty Friday: Q&A with Margaret (Molly) Ariotti
New Faculty Friday: Q&A with Margaret (Molly) Ariotti

Margaret (Molly) Ariotti received her PhD from Pennsylvania State University with a focus in Comparative Politics, Political Methodology, and Geography. Her research interests include African politics, institutions, government composition and

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SPIA Professor’s Experiment Results in New Findings about Committee Voting
SPIA Professor’s Experiment Results in New Findings about Committee Voting

Earlier this year, SPIA professor Keith Dougherty published an article in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization about how stopping rules for committees affect the outcomes of committee voting.

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CITS Program Spreads Understanding about Trade Compliance
CITS Program Spreads Understanding about Trade Compliance

This summer, UGA’s Center for International Trade and Security (CITS) hosted a group of government officials representing India, Pakistan, and China for their annual Export Control Fellows Program (previously called

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Upcoming Events

SPIA Giving Day
6:00 PM - 6:00 PM
SPIA – UGA Tech and Policy Panel & Reception
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The City Club of San Francisco