The Department of International Affairs was formed in 2001 when the School of Public & International Affairs was founded.  Formerly, the department had been part of the larger Political Science department in Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. We currently offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs, two master’s degrees (Master of International Policy and a Master of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs), and a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Affairs.

We currently have 24 tenured and tenure-track faculty and lecturers in the department that specialize in a wide array of topics, including international conflict, human rights, political institutions, extremism, political economy, and the environment. Many of our faculty have won prestigious teaching awards at the school and university levels. Our faculty are also world-renowned researchers, often winning research awards and external grants and serving in editorial positions at top peer-reviewed journals.

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Q&A with Dean Auer: COVID-19 Crisis Communications: The Challenges for Environmental Organizations
Q&A with Dean Auer: COVID-19 Crisis Communications: The Challenges for Environmental Organizations

By: Rachael Andrews Dr. Matthew R. Auer, Dean of the School of Public and International Affairs, recently investigated COVID-19’s impacts on environmental organizations. His article, titled, “Covid-19 Crisis Communications: The

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The Opportunity of a Lifetime
The Opportunity of a Lifetime

In the summer of 2019, Elena Tothazan (AB ’19) received the internship opportunity of a lifetime – one she never imagined possible. Originally from Romania, Elena immigrated to the United

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SPIA student reflects on her experience amidst prestigious new internship
SPIA student reflects on her experience amidst prestigious new internship

By: Rachael Andrews Hannah Kelley, a graduate student in the Master of International Policy (MIP) program, has recently accepted a prestigious internship with the United States Department of Commerce. Hannah’s

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2017 Networking Night

On April 21, 2017, the third annual SPIA Networking Night was hosted at the Holiday Inn in Athens, GA. There were over 250 alumni, faculty, students, and organizations in attendance.

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SPIA DC Reception & Program

On November 16, 2016, the School of Public and International Affairs hosted its annual reception and program for alumni and friends in Washington DC. The event’s program featured a post-election

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory Trip

In March 2014, fifteen students from the Masters of International Policy and Doctorate in International Affairs programs, accompanied by the director and staff of the Center for International Trade and

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This is our spring at UGA

Spring arrives early here at UGA. We start wear sandals in January, shorts and t-shirts in February and you can catch us walking barefoot through the grass on North Campus

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It’s pretty quiet here… except on Saturdays

Some would say that fall is the best time of year at UGA. And they’d be 30% right. Spring and summer are great, too. Maybe it’s the smell of coffee

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