Jonathan Russell

MPIA '14

Camille Gockowski

MID '14

Lindsey Anderson

Senior Policy Advisor/Policy Unit Chief, FEMA

Caitlin Rice


Eamonn Berry

MPIA '14

Beth Rossman

VP, Government Relations, Honeywell International

Xiaotang Huang

MPIA '12

Sam Adcock

Senior VP, Government Relations, EADS North America

Rebecca Young

MID '14

Kevin Kearns

Professor Kevin Kearns


Wednesday, September 9, 2015
12:15 - 1:30 pm
3930 Posvar Hall
University of Pittsburgh Main Campus


Please stop by the Ford Institute open house to meet the Director, affiliated faculty and staff to learn about the opportunities and resources available to students.  We will discuss Ford’s publication series, student working groups, volunteer opportunities, and extensive resources that are available to all.  Connect with other GSPIA students majoring in Human Security and other students passionate about this topic.  Everyone is welcome!  Light lunch will be served. For more information, contact Diane Cohen,


United Nations representative Neal Walker (MPIA '82), will be on hand to discuss the unprecedented circumstances facing Ukraine at 12:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 9 in Posvar Hall, 3415. Walker is currently the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Ukraine. Prior to his current post in Ukraine, he served as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bangladesh (2011 - 2014) and in the Kyrgyz Republic (2006 - 2011). In addition to these senior positions, Neal has served with UN in Sudan, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala and (as briefly as possible) in UN HQ in New York.


The Matthew Ridgway Center will host a two-day conference, Sept. 10 - 11 entitled "Containing Treat Convergence, Exploiting Threat Divergence: U.S. Strategy in Dealing with Emerging Threats" in Ballroom B of the University Club.
The overall purpose of the conference is to examine the notion of convergence as it becomes increasingly prominent in discussions within the Department of Defense and the Department of State, as well as the Department of Homeland Security. In recent years, the notion of threat convergence has become central to much of the national security dialogue in the United States, providing the focus for congressional hearings, an initiative by the Fund for Peace, and the theme of many academic articles.

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August 31, 2015

As an international student from Guangzhou, China, Qianyu Mo (MPA ’16) was thrilled to experience first-hand how local government operates when he was awarded an internship with the Local Government Academy (LGA) for the Borough of Churchill this summer.  Attending the LGA summer internship fair in the spring semester of 2015, Qianyu spoke with an array of local government representatives and, after a brief waiting period, was brought in for an interview with Churchill where he was given a zoning ordinance internship before leaving the borough office.

August 20, 2015

According to data in the August 21, 2015 Chronicle of Higher Education, the endowment of the University of Pittsburgh now ranks #25 among all U.S. colleges and universities.  As recently as 2011 Pitt’s endowment was just over $2 billion.  In the 2014 data just released, Pitt’s endowment had increased to just under $3.5 billion.  Pitt’s endowment now ranks #7 among public research universities behind only those of the University of Texas, Texas A&M, the University of Michigan, the University of California, the University of Virginia and Ohio State.

August 07, 2015

On July 16 Dean John Keeler and Professor Lou Picard hosted a dinner at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, to present Distinguished Alumnus Awards to Pandelani Thomas Mathoma (MPIA ’94, PhD 2000) and Thomas Mathukhu Mogale (PhD ’97).  Both are alumni of the School of Governance (formerly P&DM) at “Wits” and wrote their dissertations under the supervision of Picard, who played a major role in assisting with the establishment of the school in the early 1990s and has been a frequent visitor ever since.. Our dinner thus also served as a celebration of the special partnership between GSPIA and the Wits policy school, whose primary purpose since its inception has been helping to build a post-apartheid public service in South Africa and to enhance public management throughout the region.  

July 20, 2015

GSPIA/Pitt is ranked #19 world-wide in the 2015 Foreign Policy magazine rankings of the top 25 master’s programs for those seeking a policy career in international relations.  GSPIA/Pitt ranked #16 among U.S. programs and #3 among programs at U.S. public universities, behind only UC-San Diego and UC-Berkeley.  The full rankings are included in the January/February 2015 issue of Foreign Policy.

July 02, 2015

Dean John Keeler and Director of Alumni Relations Jean Hale, along with Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Alastair Hamilton from our Washington Center, spent the third week in June meeting with many of our DC-based alumni at a variety of events large and small.

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