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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09/04/2014

The Office of Career Services will host a networking event 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 4 at the Global Switchboard-305 24th Street in nearby Lawrenceville. If you are interested in nonprofits with an international mission, this event is for you! The Global Switchboard is the hub for international nonprofits based in the Pittsburgh region. Join us for this networking event and meet GSPIA alumni and organizational leaders--many of whom will soon be looking for interns! Please RSVP on Connections.

09/09/2014

The Office of Career Services will be on hand from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Wed., Sept. 9 in the student lounge to meet and greet students, answer questions, and to get to know you! Career Services offers a variety of valuable student services to help you prepare for life outside of GSPIA. Stop by for a treat and a chance to chat with us!

09/17/2014

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center will host an open house at 12:30 p.m., Wed., Sept. 17 in Posvar Hall room 3930. Meet the Director, Dr. Phil Williams and other faculty members while exploring research opportunities and how to become involved. Refreshments provided.

 

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