Chrystal Alexander

 
GSPIA MPIA '13
 
 

University of Pittsburgh - 225 Years of Building Better Lives

Graduate School of Public & International Affairs

GSPIA's mission is to prepare leaders with the skills, vision and knowledge to build a better world. Founded on and committed to the values of public service, diversity and excellence, GSPIA provides preeminent research and educational programs in public and international affairs. With our nearly 8,000 alumni worldwide, GSPIA’s collective mind makes a difference every day in careers spanning all sectors—public, private and nonprofit.

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One of Ten
Founding Members


#16 top
U.S. master's programs
for international relations,
Foreign Policy, 2009

GSPIA’s Washington Connection has three components: a semester-long program of study; a new Center offering services to GSPIA students and alumni; and a network of alumni in scores of offices throughout the nation’s capital.

Cordelia Yuan, who has served as our principal contact in the Pitt Shanghai office, has left the office to take another position.  Tina Zhang, who has been working with Cordelia, has been promoted to be our principal contact. Tina earned an MPA at GSPIA in 2011, majoring in Public Policy Research and Analysis. Before she went to the U.S., she studied at Fudan University, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and East China Normal University, and holds two Bachelor Degrees -- in Public Administration and Economics. 

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We are pleased to announce that Frank Hofmann, a recently retired Senior Manager and Operations Officer in the CIA, will serve this coming year as a Visiting Senior Lecturer at GSPIA.  Hofmann will teach a variety of intelligence studies courses in the SIS major and be available to provide guidance for students interested in pursuing careers in the intelligence field.  Hofmann served from 2007-2010 as a CIA Officer-in-Residence at GSPIA and also taught a course for the school as an adjunct last spring.  

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RAND researcher Colin Clarke and Associate Professor Michael Kenney recently spoke with reporter Andrew Conte about the US’s bombings of ISIS militants in Iraq.

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08/27/2014

The Office of Career Services will host a networking event 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Wed., August 27 in Posvar Hall, room 3911. Students will have the opportunity to mingle, meet new students and learn about GSPIA student groups, local organizations and professional associations in the Pittsburgh region. Whether you're new to Pittsburgh, new to GSPIA, or a veteran of either, this is a great place for you network! Please RSVP on Connections.  For more information, email egrif@pitt.edu

09/18/2014

Guest speaker Shawn Bird will be on hand to discuss career opportunities in the intelligence community at 12:30 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 18 in Posvar Hall room 3431. RSVP, beb38@pitt.edu

09/25/2014

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center will host a conference entitled "Avoiding a Nuclear Sarajevo: Lessons from WW I for Crisis Management in the Twenty-First Century" from 9 am - 3 pm, Thur. Sept. 25 at the University Club, Ballroom B.

 

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
3601 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260