Dean Keeler to serve as President of APSIA



It was recently announced that GSPIA Dean John Keeler, currently the Vice President of APSIA, will become president of the association in December 2010.  Keeler will succeed the current President of APSIA, Dean Brian Atwood of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, when he leaves his academic position to become Chair of the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD (Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development) in Paris.

APSIA (the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs) comprises 34 member schools in North America, Asia and Europe dedicated to the promotion of excellence in professional, international affairs education worldwide by sharing information and ideas among member schools and with other higher education institutions, the international affairs community, and the general public.

The member schools of the APSIA are the primary sources of education for international affairs professionals in their respective countries. These schools prepare students for the global workplace of the 21st Century by combining multidisciplinary, policy-oriented, intercultural studies with career development. The APSIA schools are proud of their reputations for producing diverse, well-educated and sophisticated international affairs professionals, many of whom hold leadership positions in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors throughout the United States and the world.

The Ford Institute will host Dr. Paul B. Stares at 12:15 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 18 in Posvar Hall, room, 3431.  Dr. Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention & Director of the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations will lead a discussion about how America can avoid war in the 21st Century. 

Paul O’Neill Provides Valuable Insight on Leadership

By Sarah Boal

The students of the Leadership Portfolio Program recently met with former Secretary of the Treasury, Paul O’Neill. The retired Alcoa Chairman and CEO made the trip to campus to share his insights on leadership with the group.  Mr. O’Neill has long been known for the emphasis he places on workplace safety and has carried this ideal with him through posts in all three sectors at Alcoa, The RAND Corporation, and even the Department of the Treasury.

GSPIA Dean John T.S. Keeler

will present "The Politics of Shale Gas and Anti-Fracking Movements in France and the UK" at noon, Thursday, March 3 in Posvar Hall, room 4130. Lunch will be provided to preregistered attendees. To RSVP,

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The event is sponsored by the European Studies Center and The Shale Gas Governance Center.


Jeremy G. Weber, J. Wesley Burnett, Irene M. Xiarchos

We study the effects of the property tax base shock caused by natural gas drilling in the Barnett Shale in Texas–a state that taxes oil and gas wells as property. Over the boom and bust in drilling, housing appreciation closely followed the oil and gas property tax base, which expanded the total tax base by 23 percent at its height. The expansion led to a decline in property tax rates while maintaining or increasing revenues to schools. Overall, each $1 per student increase in the oil and gas property tax base increased the value of the typical home by $0.15. Some evidence suggests that the cumulative density of wells nearby may lower housing values, indicating that drilling could reduce local welfare without policies to increase local public revenues.

The European Studies Center will host a lecture by Dr. Bernard Goldstein, Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the Graduate School of Public Health at noon, Thurs. Feb. 11 in Posvar Hall, room 4217.

GSPIA will host an alumni gathering at 6 p.m., Wed., March 9 at the Beacon Hotel, 1615 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036. To register for the alumni and student networking reception, click here.

GSPIA Alumni Gathering
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
6-8 p.m.
The Beacon Hotel
1615 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036

The Shale Gas Governance Center will host Dr. Joseph Marchand at noon, Wed. Feb. 17 in Posvar Hall, room 3911. This talk will discuss the natural resources of Western Canada and how the boom and bust in energy prices has affected its local labor markets in terms of employment and earnings, inequality and poverty, as well as tasks and skills, and what this might mean for the future of the region. Dr. Marchand is an associate professor of economics at the University of Alberta. The event is sponsored by the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation and GSPIA.

2015 GSPIA Graduation

The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Oakland was the site of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs 2015 Honors and Graduation Ceremony.

2015 Spring Galla

The Heinz History Center was the site of this year’s annual student cabinet spring Gala on Friday, April 10, 2015.

2014 GSPIA Graduation

The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Oakland was the site of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs 2014 Honors and Graduation Ceremony.

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
3601 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260