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 22 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-renown researchers, often winning research awards and external grants and serving in editorial positions at top peer-reviewed journals.

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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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Developing a Theory to Understand Women’s Involvement in Religious Conflict
Developing a Theory to Understand Women’s Involvement in Religious Conflict

Dr. Lihi Ben Shitrit’s first book “Righteous Transgressions: Women’s Activism on the Israeli and Palestinian Religious Right” was published by Princeton University Press in 2015. Although it was a monumental

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Questioning the Democratizing Power of the Internet
Questioning the Democratizing Power of the Internet

Dr. Rongbin Han’s recent book, “Contesting Cyberspace in China” discusses how although the internet has allowed citizens in some countries to fight authoritarian control, China’s government has found ways to

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Upcoming Events

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SPIA – UGA Tech and Policy Panel & Reception
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The City Club of San Francisco

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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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Globis Asia Study Abroad Program

The Globis Asia Study Abroad Program offers students a tremendous opportunity to experience the unique culture, politics, and historical sites of Japan, China, and the Korean Peninsula. Through both classroom

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