Jonathan Russell

MPIA '14

Eamonn Berry

MPIA '14

Xiaotang Huang

MPIA '12

Sam Adcock

Senior VP, Government Relations, EADS North America

Camille Gockowski

MID '14

Lindsey Anderson

Senior Policy Advisor/Policy Unit Chief, FEMA

Kevin Kearns

Professor Kevin Kearns

Caitlin Rice


Beth Rossman

VP, Government Relations, Honeywell International

Rebecca Young

MID '14


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.


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

Recent News

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.

June 13, 2016

Four faculty members from the University of Pittsburgh travelled to Shenzhen China in June 2016 to present their papers at the Chinese Economists’ Society annual meeting, hosted by Peking University HSBC Business School (PHBS). They presented their papers in the panel on China’s Clean Transition to Clean Technology. Dr. James Cook, the director of the Center for Asian Studies organized and moderated the panel. Dr. Gamper-Rabindran from GSPIA presented her work on "Information Disclosure in the Shale Industry: US Experience and Early Chinese Experience." Dr. Douglas Hanley from the Department of Economics presented his joint paper on “Competition, Cooperation and the Race to Clean Technology”. Dr. Ravi Madavan from the Katz Business School presented his joint paper “Mastering High End Equipment Manufacturing: Systems Integration Capabilities and Sustainable Development”. Two other colleagues, Dr. Yuejia Wang from Tsinghua University and Ms. Tong Zhu from University of Birmingham also presented their work at the panel. 

June 10, 2016

Gary R. Stofko (GSPIA, MPA ‘02), a 2015 recipient of GSPIA's "4 Under 40" award, graduated with a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School of National Security and Resourcing Strategy at National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington, DC. The Eisenhower school (formerly the Industrial College of the Armed Forces) prepares both civilian and military professionals to become the nation's next generation of national security and strategic leaders through an exhaustive, year-long and full time, executive-level master's program. Upon graduation, Gary will return to the Veterans Affairs and Defense Health Branch in the National Security Division at the Office of Management and Budget.

June 07, 2016

Tyler O'Daniel (MPIA '17), a member of the Johnson Institute Leadership Portfolio Program, was recently chosen to participate in the selective Hesselbein Global Leadership Summit.  The Summit, which will take place July 23-26 at the University of Pittsburgh, prepares students to excel as effective, ethical, and innovative global leaders. Fifty participants from around the world work alongside distinguished mentors who share their experience and guide students through leadership training.  The Summit is named in honor of Frances Hesselbein, one of the most highly respected experts in the field of contemporary leadership development, who has joined with the University of Pittsburgh and colleagues worldwide to strengthen leadership among college-age students.

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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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