UGA School of Public and International Affairs

UGA School of Public and International Affairs The UGA School of Public and International Affairs is leading the field in public service education.

The UGA School of Public and International Affairs has over 14,000 alumni serving around the world. To develop and maintain ties to one another, to SPIA, and to UGA, the SPIA Alumni Board was founded in 2012 and is comprised of 16 SPIA graduates. This group is committed to fostering and sustaining a culture of involvement and giving back to SPIA among its alumni. To receive information on the School's Alumni Board, please contact [email protected].

Congratulations to UGA's Moot Court team who competed at the AMCA Mid-Atlantic Regional hosted by Regent University Law ...
11/12/2019

Congratulations to UGA's Moot Court team who competed at the AMCA Mid-Atlantic Regional hosted by Regent University Law School! Gigi Scerbo and Rosa Brown placed second out of 50 teams, positioning them to compete at the National Tournament in January. Great work, students!

Today's Faculty Friday features Dr. David Cottrell! His main research interests are the way electoral rules shape repres...
11/08/2019

Today's Faculty Friday features Dr. David Cottrell! His main research interests are the way electoral rules shape representation in the United States. Electoral rules can include everything from the rules that map voters to legislative districts, to the rules that regulate who can vote and who cannot, to the rules that determine how votes get cast on Election Day. His research uses data science and computational techniques to discover which of these rules is most important to electoral systems and American democracy. When he’s not working, he likes to spend his time doing CrossFit.🏃‍♂️

https://spia.uga.edu/new-faculty-friday-qa-with-david-cottrell/

Join us on Friday at 4pm to hear from Department of State Diplomat in Residence Mr. Allen Dubose. All majors and years a...
11/06/2019

Join us on Friday at 4pm to hear from Department of State Diplomat in Residence Mr. Allen Dubose. All majors and years are welcome to attend.

Support a SPIA student by attending the TEDxUGA Student Idea Showcase on November 20th!
11/06/2019

Support a SPIA student by attending the TEDxUGA Student Idea Showcase on November 20th!

Meet Jeffery John!

Jeffery John is a second-year undergraduate studying Computer Science in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and Public Policy in the UGA School of Public and International Affairs. John's longtime passion for creative spaces led him to find his niche in the world of 3D printing. In his talk, John will illuminate how bringing our ideas to life through makerspaces and 3D printing can inspire a shift in how we view innovation.

Join us on November 20th at the TEDxUGA Student Idea Showcase to hear Jeffery's talk!

SPIA's Interview and Networking Workshop is next week. RSVP today to save your spot! tinyurl.com/spiaworkshop.
11/01/2019

SPIA's Interview and Networking Workshop is next week. RSVP today to save your spot! tinyurl.com/spiaworkshop.

Register now for #ELGLInspire at the University of Georgia!November 18th, 12:00pm-3:30pm. Join us for a free lunch and l...
10/28/2019

Register now for #ELGLInspire at the University of Georgia!
November 18th, 12:00pm-3:30pm. Join us for a free lunch and learning session about finding a job with a city or county.
Learn more and complete the required RSVP at this link: https://elgl.org/event/elglinspire-at-university-of-georgia/

10/21/2019
UGA Mentor Program

Did you know over 700 mentoring pairs have formed since UGA Mentor Program launched in August? That's 700 alumni who have found an hour or two each month to connect with a student who stands where they once stood. That is 700 students who have someone they can ask authentic questions of while figuring out what is next for them. SPIA students you can sign up today and search through the mentors available to find someone who is where you want to be. https://mentor.uga.edu/

Today's new faculty Friday is none other than Justin Conrad. Dr. Conrad is the Director of the Center for International ...
10/18/2019
New Faculty Friday: Q&A with Justin Conrad -

Today's new faculty Friday is none other than Justin Conrad. Dr. Conrad is the Director of the Center for International Trade and Security and an Associate Professor in International Affairs. His main research areas are international security issues, including terrorism, insurgency and political violence, as well as interstate conflict. When he’s not working, he spends his time chasing around his young children 🏃‍♂️ and spending time outdoors 🏞.

https://spia.uga.edu/new-faculty-friday-qa-with-justin-conrad/

SPIA is excited to introduce Justin Conrad! Justin Conrad, Director of the Center for International Trade and Security and Associate Professor of International Affairs, received his PhD from Florida State

Are you on the job or internship hunt? SPIA is excited to host Aimee Symington, CEO of Finesse Worldwide, Inc. (FinesseW...
10/17/2019

Are you on the job or internship hunt? SPIA is excited to host Aimee Symington, CEO of Finesse Worldwide, Inc. (FinesseWorldwide.com) for an exclusive Interview and Networking Skills Workshop. This event is free and open to all SPIA students.

Today's New Faculty Friday is Roberto Carlos, assistant professor of political science. His main research areas are race...
10/04/2019

Today's New Faculty Friday is Roberto Carlos, assistant professor of political science. His main research areas are race, ethnicity, and politics, with a particular focus on Latinx politics, immigration, representation, political behavior, and socialization. When he’s not working, he and his wife enjoy traveling in search of phenomenal food and drink. Click the link below to learn more about Dr. Carlos!

https://spia.uga.edu/new-faculty-friday-qa-with-roberto-carlos/

SPIA is excited to introduce Nora Webb Williams for today's New Faculty Friday. Dr. Williams is an assistant professor o...
09/27/2019

SPIA is excited to introduce Nora Webb Williams for today's New Faculty Friday. Dr. Williams is an assistant professor of international affairs studying economic resilience and the impact of colonialism on social trust, with an emphasis on the former Soviet Union. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time in nature, hiking, and running. Can you guess her fun fact? Hint:⛷

https://spia.uga.edu/new-faculty-friday-qa-with-nora-webb-williams/

Today we are featuring Harrison Frye on our New Faculty Frye-Day (see what we did there?). Dr. Frye is an assistant prof...
09/20/2019

Today we are featuring Harrison Frye on our New Faculty Frye-Day (see what we did there?). Dr. Frye is an assistant professor in the UGA Political Science Department. His research interests lie in the nature of a free society and understanding the ways that people rely on various informal social practices to live out their lives with other people. Outside of the office, Dr. Frye has many talents and interests. Can you guess his aspirational pet? Click the link below to find out!

https://spia.uga.edu/new-faculty-friday-qa-with-harrison-frye/

Did you ever think Model UN could be the beginning of a love story? SPIA grads Jill and Lucas Puente share how the Bulld...
09/19/2019
Jill and Lucas Puente: The Silicon Valley Connection - Georgia Magazine

Did you ever think Model UN could be the beginning of a love story? SPIA grads Jill and Lucas Puente share how the Bulldog family and connections helped them find their passions and open doors to where they are today.

https://news.uga.edu/jill-and-lucas-puente-the-silicon-valley-connection/?fbclid=IwAR3u64dLLgYGh8ssZsZ9K3U4-AEBk_B7_Pvi3wcmxGgLOJ5ELj53GGufIGQ

UGA alumni couple encourages building a supportive network as the first step to success.

This week, international soccer journalist Manuel Veth will present "The Integration of Soccer and Politics in the 21st ...
09/16/2019

This week, international soccer journalist Manuel Veth will present "The Integration of Soccer and Politics in the 21st Century." Come out on September 19th! ⚽️

SPIA's fourth annual Giving Day starts NOW! For 24 hours, we are asking our entire community to join the movement and ma...
09/12/2019

SPIA's fourth annual Giving Day starts NOW! For 24 hours, we are asking our entire community to join the movement and make an impact on our school. With your support we can reach our goal of 150 gifts in 24 hours! Show your SPIA pride by making a gift today. https://dar.uga.edu/funder/campaigns/spia-giving-day-2019/

"I give because my students are the most important aspect of my work here at the University and I want to support them b...
09/12/2019

"I give because my students are the most important aspect of my work here at the University and I want to support them beyond what I do in the classroom. I recognize that my gift to SPIA provides for opportunities – chances for them to learn more and be more. I also recognize that my contribution is really just an investment in the future – and when you invest in SPIA’s students, you are investing in the leaders of tomorrow." - Dr. Audrey Haynes (MA '91)

Join professors like Dr. Haynes for our fourth annual Giving Day starting at 6pm TODAY.

https://dar.uga.edu/funder/campaigns/spia-giving-day-2019/

“We give because so many gave on our behalf. Our parents and grandparents. Our home churches. The teachers, administra...
09/11/2019

“We give because so many gave on our behalf. Our parents and grandparents. Our home churches. The teachers, administrators and staff in the Troup County and Thomasville City School Systems. The communities in which we were raised. UGA alums and supporters who came before us. Our professors, the coaches, administrators and all of the support staff while we were students at UGA. They all gave of their time, effort, talent, and/or resources. So, we give to pay it forward.” - Carla G. (MPA '91) and Brian N. Williams (AB '88, MPA '91, PhD '95)

Carla Williams is the first African American female athletic director at a Power Five institution. Brian Williams is a triple SPIA Dawg and a former professor in the department of public administration and policy.

Join Alumni like Carla and Brian for our fourth annual Giving Day ‪starting at 6pm on September 12.
https://dar.uga.edu/funder/campaigns/spia-giving-day-2019/

And the winner of our 2019 Study Abroad Photo Contest is...Hannah Lynch with "Guardian of the Old City". Congratulations...
09/10/2019

And the winner of our 2019 Study Abroad Photo Contest is...Hannah Lynch with "Guardian of the Old City". Congratulations. Hannah!

"I give because I have benefited immeasurably from the internal and external opportunities afforded to SPIA students, th...
09/09/2019

"I give because I have benefited immeasurably from the internal and external opportunities afforded to SPIA students, the selfless mentorship of countless professors, and the close community of students who are genuinely passionate about making the world a better place." - Elizabeth Carter (AB '21, MIP '21)

Join students like Elizabeth for our fourth annual Giving Day starting at 6pm on September 12.

https://dar.uga.edu/funder/campaigns/spia-giving-day-2019/

We are launching the voting phase of our 2019 Study Abroad Photo Contest. Vote for your favorite photos with a reaction!...
09/03/2019

We are launching the voting phase of our 2019 Study Abroad Photo Contest. Vote for your favorite photos with a reaction! The image with most reactions by Friday wins. Good luck to all our participants!

React to the images you want to vote for! The image with the most reactions by Friday will win. Good luck to all our participants.

React to the images you want to vote for! The image with the most reactions by Friday will win. Good luck to all our par...
09/03/2019

React to the images you want to vote for! The image with the most reactions by Friday will win. Good luck to all our participants.

React to the images you want to vote for! The image with the most reactions by Friday will win. Good luck to all our participants.

Constitution Day is right around the corner! Don't miss out on Monday, September 16, 2019. The centerpiece of festivitie...
08/30/2019

Constitution Day is right around the corner! Don't miss out on Monday, September 16, 2019. The centerpiece of festivities is a lecture by Alan Taylor, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit spia.uga.edu/constitution-day.

This fall, SPIA welcomed seven new faculty members to campus. Today, we feature Assistant Professor Molly Berkemeier on ...
08/30/2019

This fall, SPIA welcomed seven new faculty members to campus. Today, we feature Assistant Professor Molly Berkemeier on our New Faculty Friday Q&A. Find out more about her research interests and why she chose UGA. Her fun fact will "flip" you out 🎪!

https://spia.uga.edu/new-faculty-friday-qa-with-molly-berkemeier/

Dr. Audrey Haynes, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor and Associate Professor of Political Science, was inter...
08/09/2019
Dr. Audrey Haynes on Australia Today - 08-02-2019

Dr. Audrey Haynes, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor and Associate Professor of Political Science, was interviewed on Australia TODAY to comment on the six women running for U.S. president. https://vimeo.com/352982091

This is "Dr. Audrey Haynes on Australia Today - 08-02-2019" by Kalah Mingo on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

We are excited for our new MPA students to #CommitToPublicService. Go Dawgs! #WelcomeUGA
08/08/2019

We are excited for our new MPA students to #CommitToPublicService. Go Dawgs! #WelcomeUGA

We’re introducing master of public administration students in the UGA School of Public and International Affairs to our professional skills course, starting with an icebreaker where MPA students share a one-word description of public service. Find out about our other student programs at https://t.uga.edu/3C6. #UGAServes

Congratulations to the UGA Alumni Association's 40 Under 40 Class of 2019! The SPIA honorees are:-David B. Dove, 2009, 2...
06/27/2019

Congratulations to the UGA Alumni Association's 40 Under 40 Class of 2019! The SPIA honorees are:

-David B. Dove, 2009, 2014, Marietta, executive counsel, Office of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp
-Tim Fleming, 2005, Covington, chief of staff, Office of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp
-Christina Guillen, 2004, Fairburn, executive director, YouthServ360 Inc.; head of schools, 7 Pillars Career Academy
-Ling-Ling Nie, 2001, Peachtree City, general counsel and vice president, Georgia Institute of Technology
-Blake Tillery, 2006, 2010, Vidalia, managing partner, Smith & Tillery; state senator for District 19
-Bob Watts, 2010, Atlanta, associate, Jones Day
-Scott Zweigel, 2002, 2005, Brookhaven, partner, Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP

UGA School of Public and International Affairs
05/22/2019

UGA School of Public and International Affairs

SPIA convocation pictures of the class of 2019. Photos by Wingate Downs.
05/22/2019

SPIA convocation pictures of the class of 2019. Photos by Wingate Downs.

SPIA convocation pictures of the class of 2019. Photos by Wingate Downs.

Want to join an amazing group of SPIA graduates to make an impact on our students, faculty, and programs? Apply to join ...
05/17/2019

Want to join an amazing group of SPIA graduates to make an impact on our students, faculty, and programs? Apply to join the SPIA Alumni Board before May 22!

Click here to apply: https://tinyurl.com/yy7gzlhp

Once a dawg, always a dawg. So, it's not goodbye... it's SPIA later! Tag your graduation photos and memories with #SPIAl...
05/08/2019

Once a dawg, always a dawg. So, it's not goodbye... it's SPIA later! Tag your graduation photos and memories with #SPIAlater2019!

Join us tomorrow for the 2019 Parthemos Lecture!
04/25/2019

Join us tomorrow for the 2019 Parthemos Lecture!

It’s Georgia Giving Week and the University of Georgia is #CallingAllDawgs to show their support! Join your fellow daw...
04/24/2019

It’s Georgia Giving Week and the University of Georgia is #CallingAllDawgs to show their support! Join your fellow dawgs and designate your gift to SPIA today: givingweek.uga.edu

Join us for the annual George S. Parthemos Lecture on April 26, 2019 at 3:30pm in Baldwin Hall room 480! This event is f...
04/16/2019

Join us for the annual George S. Parthemos Lecture on April 26, 2019 at 3:30pm in Baldwin Hall room 480! This event is free and open to the public.

SPIA faculty member Dr. Jason Anastasopoulos did an interview with Sage Research Methods where he discusses his deep lea...
04/12/2019
Researching Politicians’ Use of Images in Communication using Deep Learning - SAGE Research Methods

SPIA faculty member Dr. Jason Anastasopoulos did an interview with Sage Research Methods where he discusses his deep learning research on politician's image use in communications.

http://methods.sagepub.com/video/srmpromo/oSUe5p/researching-politicians-use-of-images-in-communication-using-deep-learning

Jason Anastasopoulos, PhD, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Georgia, discusses his deep learning research on politician's image

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ABOUT THE SCHOOL SPIA prepares undergraduate 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. DEGREE PROGRAMS • International Affairs: A.B., M.I.P • Political Science: A.B. • Political Science and International Affairs (joint): M.A., Ph.D. • Public Administration: M.P.A. (ranked 6th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report) and Ph.D. • Criminal Justice Studies: A.B. (co-offered with the Franklin College) RESEARCH CENTERS • The renowned Center for International Trade and Security (CITS) analyzes international export controls for weapons of mass destruction as well as provides research and training to U.S. and foreign officials to prevent the spread of these weapons. There are many opportunities for undergraduate/graduate student involvement at CITS. • The Center for the Study of Global Issues (GLOBIS) organizes study abroad experiences to Verona, Italy, Kyoto, Japan, and Stellenbosch, South Africa. GLOBIS also administers the certificate program in Global Studies available to any UGA undergraduate. STUDENT PROFILE & UNDERGRADUATE OFFICE • 1,639 Undergraduate Students: 879 Political Science majors 760 International Affairs majors • 301 Graduate Students in Political Science, International Affairs and Public Administration • Over 15,000 alumni For more information on the School’s undergraduate programs, visit us online or contact Paul Welch, Director of Undergraduate Student Services: 706-542-0096 or [email protected] FACULTY PROFILE • 50 Full-time Faculty Members • Four recipients of the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship • Four recipients of the Richard B. Russell Undergraduate Teaching Award • Three recipients of the Honoratus Medal for Outstanding Teaching DEVELOPMENT The School’s Development Office manages private gifts to the School for the benefit of students and faculty. Contact Sarah Baines, Director of Development, for more information on how your gift can make a world of difference at the School of Public and International Affairs: 706-542-9661 or [email protected] PUBLIC RELATIONS For more information about the School, please contact Caroline Paczkowski, Director of Communications: 706-542-7849 or [email protected] Visit us online: http://www.spia.uga.edu ALUMNI BOARD The Alumni Board was founded in 2012 and grew out of the SPIA Young Alumni Network. The board is comprised of 16 SPIA graduates. To learn more about the Alumni Board, contact Lauren Ledbetter at [email protected]

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