Eamonn Berry

MPIA '14

Camille Gockowski

MID '14

Lindsey Anderson

Senior Policy Advisor/Policy Unit Chief, FEMA

Sam Adcock

Senior VP, Government Relations, EADS North America

Kevin Kearns

Professor Kevin Kearns

Beth Rossman

VP, Government Relations, Honeywell International

Xiaotang Huang

MPIA '12

Caitlin Rice


Rebecca Young

MID '14

Jonathan Russell

MPIA '14


GSPIA Alumni/Student Homecoming Reception
Friday, October 7, 2016
6:30-8:30 pm
Alumni Hall, Fifth Floor, 4227 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15260
To RSVP, click here.


2016 Emerging Leader Award
Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership 
Honoring Mr. Alec Karakatsanis
October 19th at 4 p.m., Ballroom A, University Club, University of Pittsburgh

Alec is the founder of an organization called Equal Justice Under Law.  He was recently named Trial Lawyer of the Year by Public Justice.  We are giving Alec our 2016 Emerging Leader Award for his remarkable work in pursuit of justice for persons who have been ignored or, worse, systematically disadvantaged under the current justice system. Largely in Southern states, Alec has successfully fought successfully against the money bail system, debtors’ prisons, and many other injustices that have ruined lives and fractured families, and clogged our legal system and our correctional facilities with people who have committed non-violent crimes.  You can learn a bit more about his work in this video.


RSVP: lfmcshane@pitt.edu or 412-648-1336


Interested in learning more about a GSPIA degree? All prospective students are invited to a reception at the Grand Concourse Restaurant (www.grandconcourserestaurant.com) on November 3, 2016, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. You’ll have a chance to meet and mingle with GSPIA faculty, current GSPIA students, and GSPIA admissions staff, who will answer your questions about the program and the application process. 

Recent News

September 21, 2016

The Academy of Management, Public and Nonprofit Division, awarded Associate Professor Nuno Themudo with the 2016 Best Book Award for his book Nonprofit in Crisis. Dr. Themudo's research asks the question: Why do some countries have a vibrant nonprofit sector while others do not? Nonprofits in Crisis explores the theory of risk as a major mechanism through which economic development influences the nonprofit sector. Nuno S. Themudo elaborates this idea by focusing on Mexican nonprofit organizations, which operate and strive to survive in a risky environment. The study of these nonprofits generates broader lessons about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector that complement wider cross-national statistical analysis.

September 13, 2016

Despite vast efforts to build the state, profound political order in rural Afghanistan is maintained by self-governing, customary organizations. Assistant Professor Jennifer Murtazashvili’s new book Informal Order and the State in Afghanistan explores the rules governing these organizations to explain why they can provide public goods. Instead of withering during decades of conflict, customary authority adapted to become more responsive and deliberative.

September 09, 2016

The Ford Institute for Human Security has awarded the Simon Reich Human Security Writing Award for the best student paper on a human security topic to Tara Devezin (MID ’16).  Devezin’s paper focused on improving women’s health in the East African countries of Malawi and Uganda. 

September 08, 2016

Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP have selected 40 individuals under the age of 40 whose creativity, vision and passion enrich the Pittsburgh region. We are proud to announce that four GSPIAns are among the honorees; they are:

Rev. Paul Abernathy (MPIA ’06), Director, FOCUS Pittsburgh
Betty Cruz (MPIA ’11), Director, Change Agency 
Amanda Laichak (MID ’11), Director of Education, Junior Achievement of Western PA
Rosamaria Cristello (current student), Allegheny Intermediate Unit

September 08, 2016

Now in its fourth year, the USAID/West Africa Regional Peace and Governance Office Evaluation and Analytic Services Project is carrying out a Certificate Training Program in Program Monitoring and Evaluation skills for democracy and governance nongovernmental organization members throughout West Africa.

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Commanding Military Power offers a new explanation of why some armed forces are stronger than others. Ryan Grauer advances a ‘command structure theory’ which combines insights from organization theory, international relations, and security studies literatures to provide a unique perspective on military power. 


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