Jonathan Russell

MPIA '14

Beth Rossman

VP, Government Relations, Honeywell International

Lindsey Anderson

Visiting Senior Lecturer

Xiaotang Huang

MPIA '12

Caitlin Rice


Camille Gockowski

MID '14

Adame Frances

Former Student Cabinet Vice President

Eamonn Berry

MPIA '14

Kevin Kearns

Professor Kevin Kearns

Sam Adcock

Senior VP, Government Relations, EADS North America

Jessica Smith

Former Student Cabinet President

Rebecca Young

MID '14

In the post-Crimea international arena, the Russian-speaking populations outside of the Russian Federation have once again become a central focus of journalistic enquiries and political analysis. Loyalties and identities of Russophones in Ukraine and Kazakhstan, where they are numerically the largest, and in Latvia and Estonia, where they make proportionally large share of the population, are under scrutiny. The lecture will focus on the conflictual interplay of regional security and stability strategies, Russia’s nation-building efforts and the questions of Russophone minority protection in post-Soviet space 25 years after the dissolution of USSR. 

For more information, click here. 

Monday, September 25, 2017
12:00 p.m.
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

The Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business will host Jeffery Sachs, Columbia University Professor at 12 p.m., Wed. Sept. 27 in Mervis Hall 115. In this special talk, Dr. Sachs will discuss a practical pathway to reforming U.S. healthcare and public health with aims of reducing disease, increasing longevity, and substantially cutting health care costs. The event will be moderated by CB Bhattacharya, H. J. Zoffer Chair of Sustainability and Ethics at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required. To register, click here. 

The Shale Gas Governance Center (SGGC) will host Justin Weber from Pepper Hamilton and Kevin Abbot of Reed Smith at 12:00 p.m., Wed., Oct. 11 in Posvar Hall, room 3911.  Mr. Weber and Mr. Hamilton will discuss legal issues surrounding royalty payments to owners of oil and gas rights, including important pending cases and proposed legislation to strengthen landowner protections.

Located in the world’s most prolific shale gas formation, GSPIA established the Shale Gas Governance Center in December 2015 to promote research, teaching, and outreach on governance issues associated with extracting natural gas from shale formations in Pennsylvania, the United States, and abroad. The SGGC demonstrates GSPIA’s commitment to “local to global” study by engaging in research that ranges from the effect of shale gas development on local property values, to the politics of hydraulic fracturing in Europe, to natural gas governance in Africa.

October 11, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Posvar Hall, 3911
To RSVP, click here. 


Recent News

September 19, 2017

This spring Jennifer Murtazashvili (GSPIA) and B. Guy Peters (Political Science) will host an international conference exploring the relationship between bureaucracy and conflict. The conference is supported by GSPIA, the Ford Center for Human Security, the Ridgway Center for Security Studies, and the Global Studies Center.  Deadline, October 15, 2017.

September 15, 2017

Dr. Diane Ryan will deliver the inaugural lecture of the Hesselbein Forum at 5:00 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 28 at the Twentieth Century Club.  During her talk, Dr. Ryan will explore values-based leadership development as well as share research that demonstrates the importance of quality, character, mind-set, values, and principles in today’s rapidly evolving world. 

September 15, 2017

GSPIA will host Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale (MPA ’97) at 11:45 p.m., Wed., Sept. 20 at the Twentieth Century Club (4201 Bigelow Blvd.). In this special talk, Mr. DePasquale will discuss the “Impact Fee” on unconventional gas wells in Pennsylvania.

September 15, 2017

John Mendeloff received a 2-year, $300,000 grant from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, part of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, to explain variations in fatality rates in the construction industry across the U.S. for the last 25 years. The research will look at policy variables like enforcement by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and and incentives provided by state workers' compensation programs.

September 14, 2017

Kyi Tha Tun was 10 years-old when he first realized it. Growing up in Burma (now called Myanmar), he recalls widespread poverty and waiting in lines for basic necessities at government cooperatives. What little they managed to find was poor in quality. His father explained why they had to wait in such long lines for very little: socialism, and a dictatorial military government that seized power in the coup of 1962. 

In 1988, the year Kyi turned 10, the same military junta still held power. Kyi began to see the country he grew up in as a prison, unaware that he would spend 14 years in an actual Burmese prison for helping to organize one of the largest student protests in the nation’s history. 

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