Jonathan Russell

MPIA '14

Sam Adcock

Senior VP, Government Relations, EADS North America

Eamonn Berry

MPIA '14

Camille Gockowski

MID '14

Rebecca Young

MID '14

Xiaotang Huang

MPIA '12

Caitlin Rice


Jessica Smith

Former Student Cabinet President

Lindsey Anderson

Senior Policy Advisor/Policy Unit Chief, FEMA

Kevin Kearns

Professor Kevin Kearns

Adame Frances

Former Student Cabinet Vice President

Beth Rossman

VP, Government Relations, Honeywell International

Please join the Ridgway Center for International Security Studies for a panel discussion on “What the U.S. Can Do About Terrorism” with two of the most renowned experts in the field of terrorism studies -- Marc Sageman, M.D., Ph.D. and Martha Crenshaw, Ph.D.  The panel will be moderated by Dr. Michael Kenney, Associate Professor of International Affairs at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, himself an expert on terrorism. 

Monday, April 24, 2017
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Alcoa Room, 2nd Floor
Barco Law Building
Refreshments served

GSPIA will hold its annual graduation luncheon at 12:00 p.m., Wed. April 26 in Ballroom B of the University Club.

GSPIA Graduation Luncheon
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Ballroom B, University Club

All graduating students** are invited to attend a special luncheon to celebrate their accomplishments and transition into professional life.  The luncheon will be a time for students to reflect on their personal and professional experiences at GSPIA and also consider how they will meet the challenges posed by leading careers in public service.


**only graduating students (no family or friends) are invited to the luncheon due to space constraints

GSPIA will hold its 2017 Honors and Graduation Ceremony at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, April 27 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Oakland. 

Thursday, April 27, 2016
4:00 p.m
Class photo will be taken at 3:00 p.m.
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum
4141 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Recent News

April 17, 2017

GSPIA will host an information session for its Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM) online program at noon on Friday, May 19. The 30-credit MPPM online program gives professionals with at least five years of full-time work experience an opportunity to advance their careers at a time and place that is convenient for them. To RSVP, click here.

April 14, 2017

The editorial board is pleased to announce the release of the 2017 edition of the Pitt Policy Journal (PPJ). PPJ is a student-led initiative with a mission to provide an avenue for students to contribute exemplary research, inquisitive debate, and constructive dialogue to peers and practitioners of public policy. It is the board's hope that the journal will serve as an incubator to foster new ideas and encourage the intellectual curiosity of GSPIA students.

April 14, 2017

By Mamadou Ndiaye Jr.

On March 28, Dr. Jim Withers received the Exemplary Leadership Award from the Johnson Institute. Dr. Withers was recognized for his work with Operation Safety Net and the Street Medicine Institute. These organizations focus on healthcare provision to the homeless in communities in Pittsburgh and across the globe. At the luncheon held in his honor, Withers spoke about his career path and the need within the healthcare system to become more "humanized.” 

April 13, 2017

The University Times recently featured Kristen Maser Michaels in a new series, "Making Pitt Work." The goal of the series is to profile University staff by providing a glimpse of some of the less recognized employees whose primary business is making Pitt work. Kristen is the Executive Director of CONNECT (Congress of Neighboring Communities), but as the article conveys is probably much better known outside the University.

April 04, 2017

GSPIA students from Professor Sabina Deitrick’s Fall 2016 PIA 2755 course on Neighborhood and Community Development attended the Pitt Day in Harrisburg event. With Governor Wolf’s budget proposal to flat fund the state-related universities, GSPIA students joined the Pitt Advocates group to collaborate with elected officials and others in support of the University.

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