Sam Adcock

Senior VP, Government Relations, EADS North America

Beth Rossman

VP, Government Relations, Honeywell International

Rebecca Young

MID '14

Xiaotang Huang

MPIA '12

Kevin Kearns

Professor Kevin Kearns

Jonathan Russell

MPIA '14

Caitlin Rice


Lindsey Anderson

Senior Policy Advisor/Policy Unit Chief, FEMA

Camille Gockowski

MID '14

Eamonn Berry

MPIA '14


Ford Institute / Ridgway Center Open Houses
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
3930 Posvar Hall


Interested in learning more about the Ford Institute and how you can get involved? All GSPIA students are invited to an information session on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. The session will be from 1:30pm - 2:30pm in room 3431 Wesley W. Posvar Hall. You will learn about the various research working groups, meet the professors who direct the working groups, ask questions, and network with other students who are interested.

Please note that this opportunity is open to graduate students from all majors in GSPIA.
By volunteering just a few hours a week, you will improve your research and writing skills, establish connections with the GSPIA community, and gain significant experience in a subject of interest.

We look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions, contact:
Diane Cohen | Assistant Director | Ford Institute for Human Security |


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. 

Recent News

August 30, 2016

President Obama will travel to Pittsburgh Oct. 13 to host the White House Frontiers Conference, a national convening that the White House is cohosting with the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University to explore the future of innovation here and around the world. The convening will include topics in the November issue of WIRED, which will be guest-edited by the president on the theme of “Frontiers.” The conference will focus on building U.S. capacity in science, technology, and innovation, and the new technologies, challenges, and goals that will continue to shape the 21st century and beyond.

August 29, 2016

The 2016 issue of GSPIA Perspectives features the Master of International Development (MID) program. Dean Keeler notes the training of specialists in international development has been a central component of GSPIA, since its founding in 1958. The MID program is one of three two-year master’s degrees at GSPIA. The program emphasizes the intellectual rigor and practical skills needed by organizations working in development, preparing students to make a difference locally, nationally and globally. This issue of Perspectives captures the “ethos” of alumni working in the field and documents some of their journeys. The magazine also features recent accomplishments of the school’s distinguished alumni, and faculty. It highlights the invaluable work of the school’s research centers, as well as student working groups, accomplishments and learning experiences. Lastly, GSPIA Perspectives provides a snapshot of the people dedicated to making the world a better place. Read more. 

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.    

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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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