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Aerial photo of Posvar Hall
April 9, 2024

U.S. News & World Report Rankings for Best Public Affairs Programs show Pitt on the move

The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh has moved up in the 2024 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Public Affairs Graduate Schools rankings.
Associate Dean Erica Owen
April 3, 2024

Associate Dean part of new Center addressing cybersecurity and the energy sector

The University of Pittsburgh's Cyber Energy Center will work to improve cybersecurity of the region's energy system thanks to funding from the DOE.
Students in the Weaponization of Space working group
April 1, 2024

Weaponization of Space working group briefs policymakers at the Pentagon

Five members from the Ridgway Center's Weaponization of Space working group presented their research and policy recommendations to officials at the Pentagon.
University of Pittsburgh campus from above
March 19, 2024

Pitt center helps launch University Network for Afghan Women

A Pitt research center, under the direction of Professor Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili, focuses on women's education and empowerment in Afghanistan with participation in a new network.
Headshot of Michael Kenney with CNBC logo
March 5, 2024

CNBC: ‘Cyber-Physical Attacks’ Fueled by AI Are a Growing Threat, Experts Say

Professor Michael Kenney, Director of the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security, among experts leading conversations about the rise in artificial intelligence and issues of cybersecurity.
Assistant Professor of International Affairs Dr. So Jin Lee
February 29, 2024

New faculty spotlight: So Jin Lee

Dr. So Jin Lee will join the Pitt community this fall as an Assistant Professor of International Affairs with a focus on international security. Her research focuses on questions related to economic statecraft, nuclear weapons, and interstate conflict with a regional focus on East Asia.
Alumnus Dan Law (MPIA '12) speaks with current students
February 29, 2024

Career Development series Careers & Coffee: Dan Law

Alumnus Dan Law (MPIA '12), Associate Director of the Andy Warhol Museum, returns to campus to speak with students as part of Careers & Coffee series.
MPA student Myles Cramer presents at the Hacking4Humanity event
February 26, 2024

Public Administration student wins ‘Hacking4Humanity’ competition with presentation focused on protecting youth online

For the second year in a row, MPA student Myles Cramer has won the policy track of Duquesne University’s annual Hacking4Humanity hackathon.
PMF Finalists Alexis Boytim, Uchenna Mbawuike, Maria Salazar, and Laura Short
February 23, 2024

Current student & recent graduates named as Presidential Management Fellowship finalists

Four members of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs community have been chosen as Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) finalists.
Calendar with date of Pitt Day of Giving circled
February 15, 2024

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs looks forward to 2024 Pitt Day of Giving

Pitt Day of Giving returns on February 27th, and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs is looking forward to celebrating once again with the larger university community.
Shannon Huffman Polson presents as part of Hesselbein Lecture Series
February 2, 2024

Hesselbein Lecture Series welcomes Army veteran and award-winning author to campus

Army veteran, author, and leadership speaker Shannon Huffman Polson visited campus this week as the latest presenter in the Hesselbein Lecture Series.
Undergraduate student sits at desk with Pitt water bottle
January 26, 2024

First group of Public and International Affairs undergrads end semester with presentation to PA Department of Environmental Protection

The undergraduate students in Professor Jeremy Weber’s class "Skills for Policy Research and Analysis" put their coursework into practice with a presentation to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in December.  

Pittsburgh Business Times Power 100 logo
January 24, 2024

Annual Power 100 list recognizes four alumni

Four Public and International Affairs alumni were recognized on Pittsburgh Business Times Power 100 list: Brandon Mendoza (MPA '11), Susheela Nemani-Stanger (MPA '07), David K. Roger (MPIA '93), and Bobbi Watt Geer (PhD '09).
Photo of Erica Owen
January 19, 2024

Associate Dean chosen to participate in the 2024 ACC Academic Leaders Network program

Dr. Erica Owen, associate dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, is among five faculty members selected to represent the University of Pittsburgh in the 2024 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Academic Leaders Network program. 

Photo of Downtown City-County Building by Ronald Woan
December 20, 2023

Twelve alumni selected for leadership roles on Allegheny County Executive transition team

Twelve alumni have been recognized as experts in their respective fields with nominations to the transition team for Allegheny County Executive-Elect Sara Innamorato.

Photo of Dr. Sera Linardi
December 14, 2023

Associate Professor leading an interdisciplinary approach to social impact

Associate Professor Sera Linardi will be leading an organization focused on using interdisciplinary research to improve equity and access to opportunity in historically under-served communities.

Professors host event focused on compassion and understanding
December 6, 2023

Events co-led by Professor encourage understanding and compassion amid conflict

As the Israel-Hamas war nears its two-month mark, an upswing in anger, protests, and divisive rhetoric has been evident in cities and on college campuses across the United States.  Here at Pitt, two professors with religious and cultural backgrounds on opposite sides of the conflict are looking to fight against this division with events designed to foster a culture of understanding and compassion among students and faculty.

Photo of Glen and LaVonne Johnson
December 1, 2023

Remembering and honoring the legacy of LaVonne Johnson, MPA '80

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of LaVonne Johnson, an alumna (MPA ‘80), benefactor, and friend of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA).  LaVonne demonstrated a passion for public service throughout her life, and she credited her GSPIA education for preparing her and empowering her with a sense of purpose and mission.  She also believed that young people could make a difference in tackling the world’s greatest challenges and wanted to use her philanthropy to help prepare them to do so.  In the late 1990s, LaVonne and her husband Glen expressed…

Ford Institute event guest speakers to celebrate 20th anniversary.
November 27, 2023

Ford Institute marks anniversary with launch of new research program on online violence against women in politics

The Ford Institute for Human Security at the University of Pittsburgh recently celebrated its 20thanniversary with an event launching its new research program, “Online Violence Against Women in Politics.” The kickoff event, held on campus last month, featured a keynote speaker and panel discussion.

Pitt students visiting the GAO building in Washington, DC
November 20, 2023

Grads host Government Accountability Office (GAO) information session for current students

It’s always a great day when we welcome our alumni back to Posvar Hall.  Josh Timko (MPIA ’21), Mairé Gebhard (MPIA ’22), Mario Tiberie (MPIA ’22), and Matt Whalen (MID ’20) work as analysts at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and returned to campus to host an information session about the agency.

Photo of Seth Hufford
November 18, 2023

In memoriam: Seth Hufford

We're saddened to share the news of the passing of Seth Hufford, an alumnus, dedicated volunteer and inspiring nonprofit leader. His obituary, included below and originally shared by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette on November 18th, highlights his incredible impact and life. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues and former classmates. 

 

Obituary: Seth Hufford helped guide corporate and nonprofit leaders

Aug. 31, 1974 — Nov. 4, 2023

Photo of Austin Ransom and Adam Gunn
November 6, 2023

Alumni Feature: A lifelong Pitt friendship forged on and off the field

When Austin Ransom (MPA '09) came to the University of Pittsburgh in 2004, he thought his football days were behind him.  Despite a strong high school career in western New York, Ransom had no plans to play for the Panthers when he arrived in Oakland. But it didn’t take long for him to feel like something was missing. 

Photo of Jill Stemple
November 2, 2023

Current Public Policy & Management student selected for the Medicaid Pathways Program

Jill Stemple, a second year Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM) student at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, was one of 20 rising agency leaders selected for the Center for Health Care Strategies’ (CHCS) Medicaid Pathways Program that begins this fall. 

Photo of researcher team
October 30, 2023

Researchers from the Center for Governance and Markets awarded Elinor Ostrom Prize

A group of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Governance and Markets has been awarded the prestigious Elinor Ostrom Prize for their article, “Community policing on American Indian reservations: a preliminary investigation.” Adam Crepelle, Tate Fegley, Ilia Murtazashvili, and Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili received the

40 Under 40 Award photo
October 19, 2023

Meet the alumni on this year’s 40 Under 40 list by PUMP and Pittsburgh Magazine

Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their 40 Under 40 awards with an inspiring class of changemakers hard at work in the region. Among the list are two GSPIA alumni, Sabrina Yow-Chyi Liu and Dan Law.

Photo of Kimberly Turner
September 29, 2023

New faculty spotlight: Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner is an Assistant Professor of International Affairs. Her research focuses on the causes and outcomes of mass movements. Her methodological work develops new measures of non-violent resistance efficacy, while her substantive work analyzes the linkages between skilled labor’s employment and wage grievance to the onset and outcomes of contentious politics within authoritarian settings.

Dr. Jeremy Weber's new book cover photo
September 8, 2023

Forthcoming book from Professor Jeremy Weber offers guide on using statistics in policy work

It's set for a January release, and we can't wait to read it. GSPIA Professor Jeremy Weber's new book, published by University Chicago Press, will be available in early 2024.

Photo of Abby Post
August 30, 2023

Center Associate joins Ridgway Center for International Security Studies

A new expert in international security has joined our team. The Ridgway Center for International Security Studies at GSPIA recently welcomed Abigail Post as a Center Associate. 

Ryan Yeager pictured with Executive Director Ruby Mundok
August 16, 2023

Current student appointed to Governor's advisory commission

Current GSPIA student Ryan Yeager was just sworn in as Chair of Governor Shapiro’s inaugural Advisory Commission for Next Generation Engagement. Ryan is second year student public administration student concentrating on social policy.

Photo of Dr. Marcela González Rivas
July 26, 2023

Associate Professor co-hosts webinar discussing lead pipe exports and environmental justice implications

Dr. Marcela González Rivas, an associate professor at GSPIA and leader of the research working group Closing the Water Gap, led a recent webinar focused on discussing the environmental impact of the export of lead water pipes. 

"Headshots of Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili and Ilia Murtazashvili"
May 31, 2023

Research from Center for Governance and Markets shortlisted for Elinor Ostrom Prize

Professor Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili and Associate Professor Ilia Murtazashvili are shortlisted for the Elinor Ostrom Prize for co-authoring new research paper.
headshots of Itha Cao, Kannu Sahni and Marian Lien
May 30, 2023

Meet the alumni on City & State’s AAPI Power 100 list

Three GSPIA alumni were recognized this month on City & State’s Power of Diversity: AAPI 100 list: Itha Cao (MID ’15), Marian Lien (MPPM '14), and Kannu Sahni (MPPM ’13).
3 smiling people wearing graduation regalia stand together in front of the Cathedral of Learning.
May 10, 2023

GSPIA Celebrates the Class of 2023 at Commencement Ceremony

On Thursday, April 27, GSPIA graduates, faculty, staff, friends and family gathered in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall to celebrate the Commencement of the Class of 2023.
Topher Hoffmann addresses GSPIA students in a classroom
May 1, 2023

5 tips for landing your federal dream job in DC

During the DC Career Trip, Topher Hoffmann (MPA '16), a Senior Analyst at the US Government Accountability Office, shared tips for GSPIA students looking to start their federal careers.
Group of students pose for a photo at the airport
April 24, 2023

Students reflect on international research trip on post-COVID culture regeneration

Over Spring break, eight GSPIA students engaged in international field research in Newcastle, UK, as part of the course Urban Cultural Regeneration After Crisis: International Comparative Research.
Lisa Nelson headshot
April 18, 2023

Associate Professor appointed as Co-Director of Collaboratory Against Hate

Pitt’s Office of the Provost announced that GSPIA Associate Professor Lisa Nelson has been selected as co-director for the Collaboratory Against Hate (CAH).
Simiao "May" Wang (MPA ‘24), Yuliana “Nike" Ndaumanu (MPIA ‘24), and Jingyan Cheng (MPA ‘23)
April 12, 2023

A team of GSPIA students are finalists in Pitt’s Big Idea Competition

Yuliana “Nike" Ndaumanu (MPIA ‘24), Jingyan Cheng (MPA ‘23), and Simiao "May" Wang (MPA ‘24) are in competition with 16 other teams from schools across Pitt.
FBI-Ridgway working group holds their diplomas
April 11, 2023

FBI and Ridgway Center conclude another year of successful partnership

The FBI-Ridgway working group made their final presentation of the year to the Pittsburgh Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Closing the Water Gap members at the UN Water Conference
April 3, 2023

Student working group participates in UN Water Conference

Several students from the Ford Institute working group Closing the Water Gap participated in the 2023 UN Water Conference in New York City, “a once-in-a-generation opportunity to unite the world around solving the water and sanitation crisis."
"Headshot of Jarah Doosé and Kaitlyn Hendrickson with logo '30 Under 30 - Pittsburgh Business Times"
March 27, 2023

Meet the alumni on this year's Business Times '30 Under 30' list

GSPIA graduates Jarah Doosé (MPA ‘22) and Kaitlyn Hendrickson (MPA ‘19) were recognized as young business and community leaders in the Pittsburgh region who are already making an impact.
Muge Finkel headshot
March 23, 2023

Müge Kökten Finkel voted best grad professor across Pitt schools

Students across all Pitt schools voted GSPIA Assistant Professor Müge Kökten Finkel as the best grad professor in The Pitt News’ “Best Of” survey.
Justin Forzano headshot with CBS logo
March 21, 2023

Alumni CEO of refugee soccer nonprofit featured on CBS

“We use soccer because it’s such a cultural force across the globe. It creates a sense of belonging,” said Forzano in his recent interview with KDKA’s Briana Smith. 
Sundaa Bridgett-Jones headshot
March 16, 2023

Announcing 2023 Commencement Speaker, Sundaa Bridgett-Jones

The Vice President for the Americas and Chief Partnerships Officer at The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) will deliver this year's address at GSPIA's Commencement ceremony.
Patrick Cornell headshot
March 15, 2023

Alumni-In-Residence: Pittsburgh's Chief Financial Officer

Patrick Cornell (MPA '15), the current Chief Financial Officer for the City of Pittsburgh, will serve as GSPIA's next Alumni-in-Residence visitor and connect one-on-one with current students.
Mindy Haas headshot with The Intercept logo
March 13, 2023

Assistant Professor speaks on the Nord Stream bombing plot

The Intercept featured Assistant Professor Melinda Haas in an article on the conflicting reports surrounding the Nord Stream pipeline bombing plot.
Julia Santucci headshot
March 6, 2023

Faculty member appointed to President Biden’s Intelligence Advisory Board

President Biden announced the appointment of Julia Santucci, GSPIA Senior Lecturer in Intelligence Studies, to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board.
Sera Linardi headshot
March 2, 2023

Professor wins Chancellor’s Distinguished Service Award

Associate Professor Sera Linardi was recognized for her compelling vision and leadership in community-university engagement as a recipient of the 2023 University of Pittsburgh Chancellor's Distinguished Service Award.  
Posvar building reflection
February 28, 2023

Capstone class publishes policy report with Government Accountability Office

Associate Professor Jeremy Weber’s Capstone Seminar class worked on a policy analysis request from the federal Government Accountability Office. Their final report just went public.
Ron Idoko holding mic
February 27, 2023

Alum editorial: Finding the vaccine for racism

"When we tacitly allow the ongoing marginalization of any racial group, we are maintaining a society that is less just, less equitable and less healthy for everyone," writes alumnus Ron Idoko for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Muge Finkel headshot
February 15, 2023

'My mother tongue weighs heavy’; Faculty member mourns after Turkey earthquakes

In her personal essay published by Public Source, Dr. Müge Kökten Finkel reflects on the destruction and loss of human life in her home country.
Carla Gomez Briones
February 10, 2023

Global-shaping student calls for “bold collective action” at Davos

Carla Gómez Briones (MID ‘23) presented her ideas for building a sustainable future on at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting. “The future we need is a radical departure from the present,” she said.
Isaac Dietrich headshot
February 6, 2023

New alum begins federal career in national security

Isaac Dietrich (MPIA ‘22) began his fellowship with the National Security Division of the USDA’s Office of Homeland Security.
Andrea Peña-Vasquez headshot
February 3, 2023

New faculty spotlight: Andrea Peña-Vasquez

Dr. Andrea Peña-Vasquez is GSPIA’s newest incoming Assistant Professor. Her research focuses broadly on topics of migration and citizenship in Western Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, especially the intersection between race, legal status, and governance.
Allison Iannarino celebrates clap out
February 2, 2023

Alumna "claps out” after impactful appointment under Biden Administration

GSPIA alumna Allison (Varricchio) Iannarino (MID ‘15) just ended her 18-month appointment as Director for Afghanistan on the National Security Council at the White House.
Graphic: City & State Pennsylvania logo
January 31, 2023

This year’s Pittsburgh Power 100 features several GSPIA alumni

Seven GSPIA graduates were recognized for strengthening the City of Pittsburgh in politics, business, and nonprofits.
Pitt student on laptop
January 24, 2023

Virtual Alumni Panel: The Future of DEI in the Workplace

We kicked off our first GSPIA alumni panel of 2023 with the virtual event, The Future of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace. The group discussed the development & evolution of DEl initiatives in their workplace and community. 
Carla Gómez Briones headshot, the TIME logo underneath
January 13, 2023

TIME: GSPIA student brings sustainability solutions to World Economic Forum at Davos 2023

Carla Gómez Briones (MID '23) is leading conversations about clean energy on global stages. As a Global Shaper, she'll be presenting her ideas for a sustainable future at the annual forum in Davos, Switzerland.
"Major General Joel “JB” Vowell, Commander of U.S. Army Japan (left) and Colonel Geoffrey Heiple, Director of Army Reserve Affairs (right), at the dedication of Quarters 1000 as The General Roscoe Robinson Jr Quarters in Japan. The two men stand outside Quarters 1000 in army uniforms around a placard with information about Roscoe Robinson."
January 3, 2023

U.S. Army Japan base dedicated to alumnus Roscoe Robinson Jr., first African American four-star general

Col. Geoffrey Heiple (MPPM ‘11), Director of U.S. Army Japan Reserve Affairs, observed the dedication of Quarters 1000—the home of the Commanding General for the U.S. Army Japan—as The General Roscoe Robinson Jr Quarters.
Photo of Frances Hesselbein in cap and gown.
December 11, 2022

Distinguished Alumna and Pitt Legacy Laureate, Frances Hesselbein, Passes Away

The University of Pittsburgh, together with The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum and its Boards of Advisors, staff, and supporters, mourn the peaceful passing of Frances Hesselbein on December 11, 2022.
Prof Michael Kenney moderates Q&A with General Thompson on stage; backs of audience heads
December 5, 2022

General David D. Thompson addresses Pittsburgh's future as Space Force hub

In his campus talk on the Geopolitics of Space, Four Star General David D. Thompson, U.S. Space Force Vice Chief of Space Operations, inspired students before the launch of the new AFWERX Hub on Pittsburgh's North Side.
Headshot of Madee Bredice
November 18, 2022

First-year student wins fellowship to craft policy fighting homelessness

First-year MPIA student Madee Bredice was named an Ambassador for Civic Engagement (ACE) Fellow with the Institute of Politics at Pitt, where she will help create policy with the Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF).
"Carissa Slotterback smiles, holding a glass award plaque. She sits in an office in front of a full bookshelf."
November 10, 2022

Dean receives Margarita McCoy award for uplifting women in planning

At the 2022 Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference, Dean Carissa Slotterback received the Margarita McCoy Award for her contributions to advancing women in planning at institutions in higher education through service, teaching, and research.
Marie Yovanovitch and Carissa Slotterback sit opposite each other on a stage, talking.
November 9, 2022

LISTEN: 3 lessons from Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch for a career in foreign service

Listen to the entire conversation with three-time U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch (ret.) where she reflects on the arc of her fascinating life and courageous career in foreign policy and diplomacy. Or, check out our highlights for a quick dose of Yovanovitch’s hard-won wisdom.
"Professor Sera Linardi holds a marker in front of a whiteboard full of graphs and equations"
November 4, 2022

Professor wins XPRIZE Racial Equity Alliance Ideas Competition

Associate Professor Sera Linardi and her colleagues worked together on a winning idea for the XPRIZE Racial Equity Alliance Ideas Competition that connected students in social justice with students in data science to support racial justice. 
Headshot of Dean Carissa Slotterback
October 26, 2022

Dean Slotterback named Chair of national Deans Summit

Dean Carissa Slotterback was selected to serve as Chair of the annual Deans Summit for deans and directors of the nation’s schools of public service to propel innovation and shed competitive posture in favor of collective action. 
Jen Murtazashvili
October 11, 2022

Professor named IHS Distinguished Fellow for work in Peace and International Cooperation

Professor Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili was named a 2022-23 Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) for the Study of Liberalism and a Free Society, recognizing her work in Peace and International Order.  
GSPIA reception at Cafe Carnegie
October 11, 2022

GSPIA celebrates Homecoming 2022 with alumni reception

On Friday, October 7, GSPIA alumni returned to their Oakland alma mater to reminisce, share their achievements, and connect with fellow graduates, students, faculty and staff.  
Washington DC city landscape
October 6, 2022

RECAP: Federal careers alumni panel

GSPIA alums Maria Soledad Calvino, Kiersten Edwards, and Jacob Garcia shared their insights on working in the federal government and offered advice to students seeking careers in Washington, D.C.
Danae Williams headshot
October 5, 2022

GSPIA welcomes new Director of Recruitment and Admissions, Danae Williams

In her role as Director, Williams will develop and implement the school's recruitment, admissions, and financial aid strategies. She joins GSPIA after serving 7 years at the University of Pittsburgh in various admissions roles.
Shanti Gamper-Rabindran speaks at GCEAF
September 23, 2022

Professor Shanti Gamper-Rabindran on visions of Pittsburgh's hydrogen future

The Pittsburgh Business Times featured Dr. Shanti Gamper-Rabindran and her panel on zero-carbon resources in an article highlighting the 2022 Global Clean Energy Action Forum.
Pittsburgh bridge
September 22, 2022

Center for Governance and Markets wins $2.4 million grant to study social divisions

A research team led by GSPIA's Center for Governance and Markets (CGM) will use a new three-year, $2.4 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to examine the ways societies can manage — and overcome — polarization and social divisions.
GCEAF logo
September 21, 2022

GSPIA student and professor to present at Global Clean Energy Action Forum

On Thursday, September 22, Dr. Shanti Gamper-Rabindran and MID student Carla Gomez Briones will be speaking at the first U.S. Global Clean Energy Action Forum (GCEAF) to discuss the most pressing challenges toward a global green transition.
Shanti Gamper-Rabindran
September 20, 2022

Professor Op-Ed: Shanti Gamper-Rabindran on blue hydrogen and carbon capture

Dr. Shanti Gamper-Rabindran writes for The Hill: Should taxpayers gamble on blue hydrogen and carbon capture?
Pitt flag with shield
September 16, 2022

GSPIA faculty promotions: 3 Professors, 1 Associate Professor

Dr. Shanti Gamper-Rabindran, Dr. Jennifer Murtazashvili, and Dr. Paul Nelson have been promoted from Associate Professor to Professor. Dr. Marcela Gonzáles Rivas has been promoted from Assistant to Associate Professor.  
GSPIA PMF Class of 2022
September 14, 2022

PMF Program selects three GSPIA graduates for prestigious federal fellowships

Recent GSPIA alumni Karla Bonilla, Ethan Trott, and Jacob Curry have officially begun their fellowships with the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Class of 2022, a launchpad into a career in the federal sector.
Marie Yovanovitch
September 13, 2022

Upcoming Event: A Conversation with Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

On October 13, GSPIA will host former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch (ret.) for a discussion of her 33-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, most recently in Kyiv as the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine.
Dr Huafang Li
September 9, 2022

New faculty spotlight: Huafang Li

Dr. Huafang Li is an Assistant Professor of Public and Nonprofit Management. His research examines government and nonprofit communication and its influence on individual coproduction and donation decisions.
Dr. Brooke Shannon headshot
September 2, 2022

New faculty spotlight: Brooke Shannon

Dr. Brooke Shannon is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation. Her research focuses on American urban politics, local institutions, policy agendas, and political development. 
Nick Wolk crosses race finish line
August 31, 2022

Internship highlight: Student aspires to run races and nonprofits

MPA student Nick Wolk found his perfect summer internship with the Pittsburgh Track Club, which combined his love for running with nonprofit management.
Siyao Li
August 26, 2022

New faculty spotlight: Siyao Li

Dr. Siyao Li is an incoming Assistant Professor of International Affairs with a focus on international political economy. Her research focuses on the politics of foreign direct investment and trade, and business-government relations.
Kory Winning in rural East Africa
August 24, 2022

Internship highlight: Student provides aid to rural “hidden peoples” in Kenya and Uganda

MID student Kory Winning's internship in Kenya and Uganda provided him a new lens to see the nature of international aid.
Dr. Muge Finkel
August 24, 2022

Dr. Müge Finkel appointed Director of the Ford Institute for Human Security

After serving as the Interim Director during 2021-22, Dr. Müge Kökten Finkel was named the Director of the Ford Institute for Human Security for a three-year term. 
Professor Rashad Williams headshot
August 19, 2022

New faculty spotlight: Rashad Williams

Dr. Rashad Williams is an incoming Assistant Professor of Race & Social Justice in Public Policy. His research crosses the boundaries of urban planning, urban politics, and the critical philosophy of race to study the urban expressions of the Black reparations movement.
Prof Sera Linardi
August 10, 2022

Professor Linardi’s Grief to Action Proposal advances to Phase 4 of Pitt Seed Competition

Linardi's project, Building Data Science for Social Justice (DS4SJ) Ecosystems: Sustaining Impact, has been selected as one of ten semifinalists to receive an award of up to $75,000 to continue developing their proposals.
Prof Marcelas Gonzales Rivas
August 8, 2022

Professor Marcela González Rivas on the War Over Public Water

Professor Marcela González Rivas speaks with the Nation about water privatization in Pennsylvania. “Climate change is putting costly pressures on the ability to operate and provide clean, safe, affordable water. Who’s going to pay for it?”
Pitt shield logo flags
August 5, 2022

Inaugural Faculty Research Grant Program funds three faculty projects

These faculty research projects contribute to key priorities of increasing international research and collaborations, and funding pilot research and proposal developments.   
Dr. Jennifer Murtazashvili
July 21, 2022

Professor Jennifer Murtazashvili nominated for World’s Top Thinker

UK-based Prospect Magazine released their annual list of the world’s top 100 thinkers, including Elon Musk, Kendrick Lamar, and GSPIA Professor Jen Murtazashvili. 
Dr. Eliada Griffin-EL
July 15, 2022

Griffin-ELs' bookstore startup inspires young readers to dream

Alumni Drs. Eliada and Nosakhere Griffin-EL went looking for children’s books with Black protagonists for their two young sons. But when their local bookstores let them down, they started their own.
Lucia Dammert
July 13, 2022

Alum Lucia Dammert helps Chile usher in a new era

Lucia Dammert (GSPIA ’97) is at the center of Chile's rebirth as the chief of advisors to President Gabriel Boric. “Everything is possible with this young, bright team,” Dammert says.
America's Energy Gamble by Shanti Gamper-Rabindran
July 8, 2022

Shanti Gamper-Rabindran's new book on the climate crisis urges action, not doomism

Like a detective novel or exposé, America's Energy Gamble dissects the dire missteps of the America First Energy Plan and asks: Where can we go from here? 
Inclusion Award laurel
June 29, 2022

GSPIA wins APSIA Inclusion Award for Out of Afghanistan Project

APSIA awarded CGM's Out of Afghanistan Project, which welcomed threatened Afghan scholars to the University of Pittsburgh and supported newly resettled refugees in the state.
Volunteering in Ukraine
June 28, 2022

Foreign Affairs features Professor Jennifer Murtazashvili on the war in Ukraine

In a piece published by Foreign Affairs, Professor Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili explains the paradox of how Ukraine strengthened its state by decentralizing power.
Lauren Lowen
June 14, 2022

MID student leads program tackling local government issues

Lauren Lowen (MID '23) will be leading Local Government Academy’s 2022 Municipal Intern Program (MIP) as the Project Coordinator.
Dr. Phil Williams
June 14, 2022

Professor Phil Williams retires after esteemed career in international security

Dr. Williams celebrated his retirement virtually with his colleagues, friends, and former students, who reflected on his many contributions to GSPIA.
Betty Cruz, president and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh; Credit: Jim Harris, PBT*
June 8, 2022

Alum Betty Cruz talks running the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Current Board of Visitors member Betty Cruz (MPA ‘11) talked to the Pittsburgh Business Times about her role as the CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.
Professor Kevin Kearns
June 2, 2022

Professor Kevin Kearns celebrates retirement after impactful 35 years at GSPIA

Over 150 former students, colleagues, friends, and family joined together over Zoom to thank Professor Kevin Kearns for the difference he made in their lives.
"Carey Harris headshot"
May 27, 2022

Alum Carey Harris wins Woman of Influence Award

On May 25, GSPIA alum Carey Harris (MPIA '95) was honored with a 2022 Women of Influence Award by the Pittsburgh Business Times for her work as the CEO of Literacy Pittsburgh.
William N. Dunn
May 17, 2022

Remembering Professor William N. Dunn

In 1969, Dunn joined the GSPIA faculty where he spent the next 50 years teaching and conducting research as an interdisciplinary, globally respected scholar.
Mayor Gainey with CONNECT staff
May 16, 2022

City of Pittsburgh declares May 16th CONNECT Day

As jointly proclaimed by the City of Pittsburgh Council and Office of the Mayor, May 16 is officially CONNECT Day. 
Students are seated around a conference table with a GSPIA alumni working in DC.
May 10, 2022

Students connect with GSPIA alumni at DC Career Week

GSPIA students and recent graduates traveled to Washington, DC, for a week packed full of exclusive site visits, networking events, and chats with alumni living and working in the city.