Beth Rossman

VP, Government Relations, Honeywell International

Jonathan Russell

MPIA '14

Xiaotang Huang

MPIA '12

Rebecca Young

MID '14

Kevin Kearns

Professor Kevin Kearns

Sam Adcock

Senior VP, Government Relations, EADS North America

Camille Gockowski

MID '14

Eamonn Berry

MPIA '14

Lindsey Anderson

Senior Policy Advisor/Policy Unit Chief, FEMA

Caitlin Rice



New Student Orientation


GSPIA Alumni/Student Homecoming Reception
Friday, October 7, 2016
6-8 pm
Alumni Hall, Fifth Floor, 4227 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15260
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Interested in learning more about a GSPIA degree? All prospective students are invited to a reception at the Grand Concourse Restaurant ( on November 3, 2016, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. You’ll have a chance to meet and mingle with GSPIA faculty, current GSPIA students, and GSPIA admissions staff, who will answer your questions about the program and the application process. 

Recent News

July 15, 2016

Planners and evaluators must try to anticipate how threats and operating environments will change during a deployment. Accurately defining expected threats and resourcing the military to counter them is the sine qua non of military readiness. As threats and operational environments rapidly evolve, they make it harder to define, measure, and produce the desired levels of military readiness.

June 27, 2016

The United Kingdom's departure from the European Union has sent shockwaves of uncertainty throughout the world's financial markets. Tom Fontaine of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review addresses the implications of this historical vote with GSPIA's Dean John Keeler and other scholars. Read article. 

June 24, 2016

GSPIA Professor Louise Comfort, director of the Center for Disaster Management, has received the Distinguished Citizen Award from Macalester College. The Distinguished Citizen Award recognizes alumni who have exercised leadership in civic, social, religious and professional activities. Recipients demonstrate a practical acceptance of these obligations in their lives and work. Comfort graduated from Macalester in 1956. 

June 13, 2016

Assistant Professor Jennifer Murtazashvili was elected by the members of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) for a three-year term on the Board of that organization. CESS is an international  organization for scholars concerned with the Central Eurasian region, which includes the former Soviet Republics of Central Asia, the Caucasus, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, as well as Russia and China. The Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) seeks to promote high standards of research and teaching, to foster communication among scholars of Central Eurasia through meetings, publications, and networking, and to facilitate interaction among scholars at different stages in their career and in different places around the world.

June 13, 2016

Four faculty members from the University of Pittsburgh travelled to Shenzhen China in June 2016 to present their papers at the Chinese Economists’ Society annual meeting, hosted by Peking University HSBC Business School (PHBS). They presented their papers in the panel on China’s Clean Transition to Clean Technology. Dr. James Cook, the director of the Center for Asian Studies organized and moderated the panel. Dr. Gamper-Rabindran from GSPIA presented her work on "Information Disclosure in the Shale Industry: US Experience and Early Chinese Experience." Dr. Douglas Hanley from the Department of Economics presented his joint paper on “Competition, Cooperation and the Race to Clean Technology”. Dr. Ravi Madavan from the Katz Business School presented his joint paper “Mastering High End Equipment Manufacturing: Systems Integration Capabilities and Sustainable Development”. Two other colleagues, Dr. Yuejia Wang from Tsinghua University and Ms. Tong Zhu from University of Birmingham also presented their work at the panel. 

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Featured Publication
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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