Sam Adcock

Senior VP, Government Relations, EADS North America

Jonathan Russell

MPIA '14

Lindsey Anderson

Senior Policy Advisor/Policy Unit Chief, FEMA

Xiaotang Huang

MPIA '12

Beth Rossman

VP, Government Relations, Honeywell International

Caitlin Rice


Camille Gockowski

MID '14

Rebecca Young

MID '14

Kevin Kearns

Professor Kevin Kearns

Eamonn Berry

MPIA '14


New Student Orientation


Interested in learning more about the Ford Institute GEPA Working Group and how you can get involved? Graduate Students from across campus, including GSPIA, Sociology, Political Science, Economics, and Public Health are invited to an information session on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. The session will be from 1:30pm - 2:30pm in room 3800 Wesley W. Posvar Hall. You will not only learn about the working group, but also meet the professors who direct the working group, ask questions, and network with other students who are already involved and newly interested. 


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

Recent News

August 22, 2016

On July 12 Dean Keeler hosted the annual Pitt/GSPIA reception for new students and alumni in Beijing, China; 10 GSPIAns were in attendance along with approximately 60 students from the Deitrich School of Arts & Sciences and five other professional schools.  Tina Zhang (MPA ’11), the Pitt representative at the university’s office in Shanghai, and Jean Hale, GSPIA’s Director of Alumni Relations and Development, were co-hosts for the event.

August 16, 2016

In an analysis of 150 cities across the US, WalletHub examined how well government officials are meeting their obligations to deliver services and asked a panel of experts to weigh in - including GSPIA’s own, Professor David Miller. Among other recommendations, Miller suggests that cities with limited resources consider the development of new horizontal intergovernmental systems between local governments to address these public policy concerns. Read more.

August 15, 2016

More than 80 GSPIA alumni, students and staff gathered for a reception in Washington, D.C. on June 27 at the office of Honeywell International on Constitution Avenue near the Capitol.  The host for the evening was Beth Rossman (MPA ’87), Honeywell’s Vice President for Military Markets and a member of the GSPIA Board of Visitors.  Alastair Hamilton, our Assistant Director of Career Services and Alumni Relations based in Pitt’s Washington Center, worked with Rossman and Jean Hale, Director of Alumni Relations and Development, to organize the impressive soirėe.    

August 12, 2016

Prof. Paul Nelson, Aya Okada (PhD ‘13) and Bokgyo Jonathan Jeong (PhD ‘13) met at the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) Conference in Stockholm, Sweden, June 2016.  Okada, now an Associate Professor at Kanazawa University’s Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Kanazawa, Japan, presented her research on “Leveraging the Power of Innovative Tools? Use of Social Media among Emerging Nonprofits.” Jeong, a Full-Time Lecturer at Kean University in Union, New Jersey, presented two research papers: a study of partnerships between NGOs and the United Nations, and a study of labor unions and models of civil society.  Nelson, Associate Dean at GSPIA, presented a paper on how NGOs, social movements and labor unions interact and influence municipal water service in low- and middle-income countries.  

August 11, 2016

The Allegheny Conference has announced that Rosamaria Cristello (MPPM) is the inaugural recipient of the Barbara McNees Spirit of ATHENA Award Scholarship. Cristello is the director of the Latino Family Center in the Hazelwood neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

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Informal Order and the State in Afghanistan

Despite vast efforts to build the state, profound political order in rural Afghanistan is maintained by self-governing, customary organizations. Assistant Professor Jennifer Murtazashvili explores the rules governing these organizations to explain why they can provide public goods. 


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