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.

Sabina Deitrick Explores the State of Digital Governance in Pennsylvania

GSPIA associate professor Sabina Deitrick’s recent editorial in PennLive examines the current trends in digital governance among Pennsylvania’s municipalities. In the article, Deitrick explains how students in her capstone seminar on planning and governance conducted a survey of Pennsylvania municipalities to assess the state of digital governance in the Commonwealth.  The students examined how local governments in Pennsylvania incorporated digital technologies into their governance structures and then explored the barriers municipalities face in making the transition from paper to digital.

Jeremy Weber Wins “Outstanding Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy Article”

GSPIA assistant professor Jeremy Weber’s paper “Crop Prices, Agricultural Revenues, and the Rural Economy” was selected as the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s Outstanding Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy Article. The paper explores the popular claim that federal farm subsidies are warranted because agriculture acts as the backbone of the rural economy.  

GSPIA alumni Chad Serena (PhD '10), a political scientist, and Colin Clarke (PhD, '12), an associate political scientist at the RAND Corporation, recently produced two editorials published by Reuters.  In their article, “A new kind of battlefield awaits the U.S. military – megacities,” they write on the growing trend of warfare in cities, especially in cities with a population of ten million or greater, and explore the unique challenges that urban combat presents.  They argue that in order to adapt to new battlefields and defeat violent non-state actors while protecting civilians, improvements in monitoring, collecting, and interpreting data are imperative.

Please join Dean John Keeler for a GSPIA alumni reception in Washington, DC on Monday June 27th from 5:30pm-7:00pm to be held at the DC office of Honeywell (101 Constitution Avenue, Suite 500W). If you haven’t already done so, click here to RSVP by June 20th.

The Goldilocks of gender data: Searching for “just right” on women in public institutions

The United Nations, in establishing its 2016 Sustainable Development Goals, considered inclusive governance a core component of peaceful and just societies, and called for more monitoring of women’s participation in public institutions.  GSPIA’s own Dr. Müge Finkel, Assistant Professor of International Development and Dr. Melanie Hughes, an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh, answered the call to lead an interdisciplinary group of graduate students in the search for data.  

Ali Bonebrake (MPA’99) Encourages Grads to Leave Comfort Zone and Explore Specialization

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs held its annual Graduation Luncheon to commemorate the graduating class of 2016.  Alison ‘Ali’ Bonebrake acted as the keynote speaker at the luncheon, where she shared her experience of beginning her career at the Social Security Administration (SSA), and eventually acting as a key player in the passing of the Affordable Care Act.  “If you would have told me that the highlight of my career would be working on enacting health care reform, I would have thought you were crazy,” she recalls. “And yet, every day I come into my office and see a copy of the Affordable Care Act, signed by President Obama, hanging on my wall.”

Dean Keeler Gives Talk at Nanjing University

On May 4 Dean Keeler visited Nanjing University to meet with faculty and students from the School of Government and the School of the Environment and to give a presentation of his research on the politics of shale gas in France and the United Kingdom.  Interest in the shale gas topic has increased substantially in China since the agreement in March 2016 between BP and the China National Petroleum Corporation for collaborative exploration and production of shale gas in the Sichuan Basin.

Sabina Deitrick Discusses Pennsylvania’s Role in Presidential Election

Sabina Deitrick, GSPIA faculty member and co-director of the Urban and Regional Analysis Program at the University Center for Social and Urban research at the University of Pittsburgh was recently featured in a segment of NPR on the show Hear and Now with Jeremy Hobson.  She discussed the history of Pennsylvania and its influence on the 2016 Presidential election.  

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

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