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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Latest News

Immigration, Empathy and the Decline of Social Cohesion in Germany
Immigration, Empathy and the Decline of Social Cohesion in Germany

By: Shelby Steuart The idea that welfare benefits should be restricted to “native citizens” is one that has gained popularity within the political right, both in the United States and

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What Godzilla can teach us about nuclear weapons
What Godzilla can teach us about nuclear weapons

On March 22, 2019, Dr. Jeffrey D. Berejikian gave a talk at TEDxUGA. In this talk, Dr. Berejikian explores how our political participation can reset the Doomsday Clock and tackle

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Justin Conrad to lead CITS
Justin Conrad to lead CITS

Dr. Justin Conrad of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) will be joining the faculty of the School of Public and International Affairs, effective Fall 2019. Conrad will

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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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