Lindsey Anderson

Senior Policy Advisor/Policy Unit Chief, FEMA

Xiaotang Huang

MPIA '12

Camille Gockowski

MID '14

Beth Rossman

VP, Government Relations, Honeywell International

Jonathan Russell

MPIA '14

Eamonn Berry

MPIA '14

Kevin Kearns

Professor Kevin Kearns

Caitlin Rice


Rebecca Young

MID '14

Sam Adcock

Senior VP, Government Relations, EADS North America


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
To RSVP, click here.


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 25, 2016

By Karen Woolstrum

On a recent Thursday, Nicole Xu (MPIA, '16), Lujing Gao (MPA, '16), and John Frazier (MPIA, '15) took a break from sales projections and strategy discussions inside their new office space at the AlphaLab business accelerator in East Liberty to reminisce about how a year ago none of them could have anticipated any of this. “The three of us came up with the idea at the Pitt Startup Blitz. At the time it was just something to do for fun over the weekend. We never thought we’d suddenly become full-time entrepreneurs,” said CEO and co-founder John Frazier. And it certainly has been a sudden rise for these recent Pitt grads from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Last October, Xu and Gao invited Frazier to join their team to participate in the Pitt Startup Blitz pitch competition with their idea for providing more efficient and cost effective language translation services.

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.

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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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