Please join Dean John Keeler for a GSPIA alumni reception in Washington, DC on Monday June 27th from 5:30pm-7:00pm to be held at the DC office of Honeywell (101 Constitution Avenue, Suite 500W). If you haven’t already done so, click here to RSVP by June 20th.
New Student Orientation
GSPIA Alumni/Student Homecoming Reception
Friday, October 7, 2016
Alumni Hall, Fifth Floor, 4227 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15260
Centers & Initiative
2016 GSPIA Graduation
GSPIA associate professor Sabina Deitrick’s recent editorial in PennLive examines the current trends in digital governance among Pennsylvania’s municipalities. In the article, Deitrick explains how students in her capstone seminar on planning and governance conducted a survey of Pennsylvania municipalities to assess the state of digital governance in the Commonwealth. The students examined how local governments in Pennsylvania incorporated digital technologies into their governance structures and then explored the barriers municipalities face in making the transition from paper to digital.
GSPIA assistant professor Jeremy Weber’s paper “Crop Prices, Agricultural Revenues, and the Rural Economy” was selected as the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s Outstanding Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy Article. The paper explores the popular claim that federal farm subsidies are warranted because agriculture acts as the backbone of the rural economy.
GSPIA alumni Chad Serena (PhD '10), a political scientist, and Colin Clarke (PhD, '12), an associate political scientist at the RAND Corporation, recently produced two editorials published by Reuters. In their article, “A new kind of battlefield awaits the U.S. military – megacities,” they write on the growing trend of warfare in cities, especially in cities with a population of ten million or greater, and explore the unique challenges that urban combat presents. They argue that in order to adapt to new battlefields and defeat violent non-state actors while protecting civilians, improvements in monitoring, collecting, and interpreting data are imperative.
The United Nations, in establishing its 2016 Sustainable Development Goals, considered inclusive governance a core component of peaceful and just societies, and called for more monitoring of women’s participation in public institutions. GSPIA’s own Dr. Müge Finkel, Assistant Professor of International Development and Dr. Melanie Hughes, an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh, answered the call to lead an interdisciplinary group of graduate students in the search for data.
On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs held its annual Graduation Luncheon to commemorate the graduating class of 2016. Alison ‘Ali’ Bonebrake acted as the keynote speaker at the luncheon, where she shared her experience of beginning her career at the Social Security Administration (SSA), and eventually acting as a key player in the passing of the Affordable Care Act. “If you would have told me that the highlight of my career would be working on enacting health care reform, I would have thought you were crazy,” she recalls. “And yet, every day I come into my office and see a copy of the Affordable Care Act, signed by President Obama, hanging on my wall.”
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