Announcing 2023 Commencement Speaker, Sundaa Bridgett-JonesThe 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.
Alumni-In-Residence: Pittsburgh's Chief Financial OfficerPatrick 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.
Assistant Professor speaks on the Nord Stream bombing plotThe Intercept featured Assistant Professor Melinda Haas in an article on the conflicting reports surrounding the Nord Stream pipeline bombing plot.
Faculty member appointed to President Biden’s Intelligence Advisory BoardPresident Biden announced the appointment of Julia Santucci, GSPIA Senior Lecturer in Intelligence Studies, to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board.
Professor wins Chancellor’s Distinguished Service AwardAssociate 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.
Capstone class publishes policy report with Government Accountability OfficeAssociate 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.
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.
Business Times '30 Under 30' list unveils alumni honoreesGSPIA 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.
'My mother tongue weighs heavy’; Faculty member mourns after Turkey earthquakesIn her personal essay published by Public Source, Dr. Müge Kökten Finkel reflects on the destruction and loss of human life in her home country.
Global-shaping student calls for “bold collective action” at DavosCarla 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.
New alum begins federal career in national securityIsaac Dietrich (MPIA ‘22) began his fellowship with the National Security Division of the USDA’s Office of Homeland Security.
New faculty spotlight: Andrea Peña-VasquezDr. 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.
Alumna "claps out” after impactful appointment under Biden AdministrationGSPIA 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.
This year’s Pittsburgh Power 100 features several GSPIA alumniSeven GSPIA graduates were recognized for strengthening the City of Pittsburgh in politics, business, and nonprofits.
Virtual Alumni Panel: The Future of DEI in the WorkplaceWe 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.
TIME: GSPIA student brings sustainability solutions to World Economic Forum at Davos 2023Carla 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.
U.S. Army Japan base dedicated to alumnus Roscoe Robinson Jr., first African American four-star generalCol. 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.
Distinguished Alumna and Pitt Legacy Laureate, Frances Hesselbein, Passes AwayThe 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.
General David D. Thompson addresses Pittsburgh's future as Space Force hubIn 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.
First-year student wins fellowship to craft policy fighting homelessnessFirst-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).
Dean receives Margarita McCoy award for uplifting women in planningAt 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.
LISTEN: 3 lessons from Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch for a career in foreign serviceListen 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 wins XPRIZE Racial Equity Alliance Ideas CompetitionAssociate 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.
Dean Slotterback named Chair of national Deans SummitDean 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.
Professor named IHS Distinguished Fellow for work in Peace and International CooperationProfessor 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 celebrates Homecoming 2022 with alumni receptionOn 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.
RECAP: Federal careers alumni panelGSPIA 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.
GSPIA welcomes new Director of Recruitment and Admissions, Danae WilliamsIn 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.
Professor Shanti Gamper-Rabindran on visions of Pittsburgh's hydrogen futureThe 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.
Center for Governance and Markets wins $2.4 million grant to study social divisionsA 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.
GSPIA student and professor to present at Global Clean Energy Action ForumOn 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.
Professor Op-Ed: Shanti Gamper-Rabindran on blue hydrogen and carbon captureDr. Shanti Gamper-Rabindran writes for The Hill: Should taxpayers gamble on blue hydrogen and carbon capture?
GSPIA faculty promotions: 3 Professors, 1 Associate ProfessorDr. 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.
PMF Program selects three GSPIA graduates for prestigious federal fellowshipsRecent 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.
Upcoming Event: A Conversation with Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. Ambassador to UkraineOn 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.
New faculty spotlight: Huafang LiDr. 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.
New faculty spotlight: Brooke ShannonDr. 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.
Internship highlight: Student aspires to run races and nonprofitsMPA student Nick Wolk found his perfect summer internship with the Pittsburgh Track Club, which combined his love for running with nonprofit management.
New faculty spotlight: Siyao LiDr. 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.
Internship highlight: Student provides aid to rural “hidden peoples” in Kenya and UgandaMID student Kory Winning's internship in Kenya and Uganda provided him a new lens to see the nature of international aid.
Dr. Müge Finkel appointed Director of the Ford Institute for Human SecurityAfter 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.
New faculty spotlight: Rashad WilliamsDr. 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.
Professor Linardi’s Grief to Action Proposal advances to Phase 4 of Pitt Seed CompetitionLinardi'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.
Professor Marcela González Rivas on the War Over Public WaterProfessor 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?”
Inaugural Faculty Research Grant Program funds three faculty projectsThese faculty research projects contribute to key priorities of increasing international research and collaborations, and funding pilot research and proposal developments.
Professor Jennifer Murtazashvili nominated for World’s Top ThinkerUK-based Prospect Magazine released their annual list of the world’s top 100 thinkers, including Elon Musk, Kendrick Lamar, and GSPIA Professor Jen Murtazashvili.
Griffin-ELs' bookstore startup inspires young readers to dreamAlumni 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.
Alum Lucia Dammert helps Chile usher in a new eraLucia 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.
Shanti Gamper-Rabindran's new book on the climate crisis urges action, not doomismLike 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?
GSPIA wins APSIA Inclusion Award for Out of Afghanistan ProjectAPSIA 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.
Foreign Affairs features Professor Jennifer Murtazashvili on the war in UkraineIn a piece published by Foreign Affairs, Professor Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili explains the paradox of how Ukraine strengthened its state by decentralizing power.
MID student leads program tackling local government issuesLauren Lowen (MID '23) will be leading Local Government Academy’s 2022 Municipal Intern Program (MIP) as the Project Coordinator.
Professor Phil Williams retires after esteemed career in international securityDr. Williams celebrated his retirement virtually with his colleagues, friends, and former students, who reflected on his many contributions to GSPIA.
Alum Betty Cruz talks running the World Affairs Council of PittsburghCurrent 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 celebrates retirement after impactful 35 years at GSPIAOver 150 former students, colleagues, friends, and family joined together over Zoom to thank Professor Kevin Kearns for the difference he made in their lives.
Alum Carey Harris wins Woman of Influence AwardOn 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.
Remembering Professor William N. DunnIn 1969, Dunn joined the GSPIA faculty where he spent the next 50 years teaching and conducting research as an interdisciplinary, globally respected scholar.
City of Pittsburgh declares May 16th CONNECT DayAs jointly proclaimed by the City of Pittsburgh Council and Office of the Mayor, May 16 is officially CONNECT Day.
Students connect with GSPIA alumni at DC Career WeekGSPIA 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.
GSPIA Celebrates the Class of 2022 at CommencementOn Thursday, April 28, GSPIA graduates, faculty, staff, friends and family gathered in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall to celebrate the Class of 2022.
Announcing the 2022 commencement speaker, Sloane DavidsonFounder and CEO of Hello Neighbor Sloane Davidson (MPPM '17) will deliver this year’s address at GSPIA's 2022 Graduation Ceremony.
New faculty book chronicles small-town resilience to frackingWhen professors Sabina Deitrick and Ilia Murtazashvili convened colleagues to discuss fracking from the perspective of local government, the resulting conversations were so great that they wrote a book.
GSPIA faculty members awarded for top-notch urban affairs researchAt the 50th annual Urban Affairs Association Conference in Washington, DC, GSPIA's Dean Slotterback, Associate Professor Sabina Deitrick, and incoming faculty member Rashad Williams, were recognized and awarded for their scholarship.
Students and nonprofits collaborate in workshops for social goodGSPIA students, professors, and alumni nonprofit leaders brought their expertise to the first-ever Scopeathon for Social Good, a two-day event that gave students hands-on experience scoping a data science project with real-world social impact.
WATCH: GSPIA faculty talk human security in UkraineGSPIA experts discussed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has created a humanitarian crisis where approximately 10 million people have been displaced.
Research urges state regulations for equitable water accessIn her latest research, Dr. Marcela González Rivas found that private water ownership increases water prices, making a vital resource less accessible to low-income families.
RECAP: So you want to start your own business?Three self-starter GSPIA alums returned to campus to answer questions and inspire current students with entrepreneurial ambitions.
Philanthropy and the Shaping of Life in Pittsburgh
In nearly every neighborhood in Pittsburgh, evidence of philanthropy abounds. A short walk through historic Oakland reveals a library, museum, concert, and lecture hall, donated by Andrew Carnegie. These institutions are built on land once owned by Mary Schenley, whose gift formed one of the first public parks in the city. On either side of that park stand the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, true testimonials of philanthropists' belief in the value of self- improvement and applied knowledge.
Lack of Women in Public Administration Leadership Threatens COVID-19 RecoveryA new report by UNDP and researchers at the University of Pittsburgh finds women’s leadership is being undercut by glass ceilings and glass walls.
Dr. Erica Owen named associate dean of GSPIA
Dr. Erica Owen has been named the new associate dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
Owen, a specialist in international political economy, began her new appointment July 1. She has been a faculty member at GSPIA since 2018. In her new position, she will serve as chief academic officer of the School, fostering the development of faculty and research, while working to implement the diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy and initiatives related to curriculum.
Drs. Jen and Ilia Murtazashvili publish a new book exploring property institutions and political order in Afghanistan
Dr. Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili and Dr. Ilia Murtazashvili have recently published Land, the State, and War: Property Institutions and Political Order in Afghanistan with Cambridge University Press, a work that makes a pioneering contribution to one of the most enduring questions in the social sciences — what are the causes of the wealth of nations?
GSPIA welcomes new faculty member
The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs is pleased to welcome Dr. Melinda Haas as an assistant professor in international affairs.
Dennis M. Gormley Endowed Student Resource Fund at GSPIA
A new endowed student resource fund for graduate students studying international affairs has been created to honor a beloved former professor and expert in the international security community.
The Dennis M. Gormley Endowed Student Resource Fund was created in June 2021 by his wife Sonia Gormley. It celebrates the life and legacy of Dennis Gormley, a prominent figure in the defense intelligence community for nearly 50 years, a beloved professor and mentor for countless students and security analysts.
Dr. Kearns receives prestigious NASPAA teaching excellence award
Dr. Kevin Kearns has received the Leslie A. Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). This highly prestigious national award recognizes a faculty member in a NASPAA member school for excellence in teaching public policy, public affairs, or public administration over an extended time period, demonstrating outstanding contributions and sustained excellence through course content, course preparation, quality of advising impact, teaching innovation, mentoring, and receipt of teaching awards.
GSPIA Students Aid the State Department of Environmental Protection
Students at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) recently assisted the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection with research on the economics and policy challenges of closing aging oil and gas wells in the state.
New Book: Associate Professor Paul Nelson Publishes "Global Development and Human Rights"
GSPIA Associate Professor Dr. Paul Nelson has published Global Development and Human Rights: The Sustainable Development Goals and Beyond from University of Toronto Press.
Associate Professor Jeremy Weber Receives Alumni Award from Juniata College
Congratulations to Associate Professor Jeremy Weber on receiving the Young Alumni Achievement Award from Juniata College. The award honors those who have distinguished themselves in their chosen profession during the first 15 years since graduation. After completing his bachelor’s degree in international political economy summa cum laude at Juniata, he earned a PhD in agricultural and applied economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. In his current role at GSPIA, he teaches courses in quantitative methods and energy and environmental policy.
Associate Professor Shanti Gamper-Rabindran Publishes Op-Ed in Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Associate Professor Shanti Gamper-Rabindran was recently published in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
Eric Macadangdang MPA '23 Writes Letter to the Editor: We must work together to fight climate change
Current GSPIA student Eric Macadangdang, MPA '23, wrote a recent Letter to the Editor published in Pitt's University Times. In his letter, he urges us to work together to fight the devastating effects of climate change. How? By taking the Regional Climate Action Plan survey.
Siyao Li, Assistant Professor of International Affairs Joining GSPIA Fall 2022
Siyao Li will be joining GSPIA as an Assistant Professor of International Affairs with a focus on international political economy in the fall of 2022. Siyao Li is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at University of Pennsylvania where she studies International Political Economy. For the 2020-2021 academic year, she was a GPEP predoctoral fellow at Georgetown University's Mortara Center for International Studies. Her research interests include the politics of international investment and trade, firm-government relations, and Chinese politics.
CONNECT Moves on Recommendations from GSPIA Capstone
The Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT) and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh came together last fall to make regional recommendations through the CONNECT Capstone class. Each fall semester, CONNECT members decide on policy or project areas that are high priority and work to partner with students on further research.
GSPIA Receives High Rankings from U.S. News & World Report
The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs has again been ranked as one of the top public affairs graduate programs in the country in the U.S. News and World Report’s newest rankings.
This year GSPIA’s rank held strong at No. 38, placing it in the top 15 percent of public affairs schools across the country. GSPIA has retained its strong position in the top 15% of public affairs schools. Among public institutions, GSPIA ranks in the top 25.
GSPIA Professors release new book Land, The State, and War
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GSPIA Professor Publishes the First Systematic Study of the Political Voice of Faith-Based International Humanitarian Groups
How do U.S. faith-based NGOs (FBOs) in international development educate and mobilize their constituencies – their members, supporters, or members of religious institutions that sponsor them?
Five GSPIA students Receive Awards from ASPA's Keystone State Chapter
Five GSPIA students were recognized during Public Service Recognition Week by the American Society for Public Administration — Keystone State Chapter. The students' work was lauded for their commitment to community engagement and excellence in public service.
"We are eager to see the future impact that these award winners have as public administration professionals," Chapter President David L. Margolis said.
Dean Slotterback discusses experience, vision for GSPIA’s future
As she wraps up her first academic year, the newly appointed dean for the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Carissa Schively Slotterback, continues to prioritize the schools’ initiatives for improving student access, enhancing research, institutionalizing diversity, equity and inclusion, and for providing new opportunities for engagement.
She spoke recently about her experiences at GSPIA thus far, including the opportunities, challenges, and future goals that have emerged in this past year.
GSPIA Professor Müge Kökten Finkel Awarded John C. Mascaro Faculty Fellowship
GSPIA professor Dr. Müge Kökten Finkel has been awarded the John C. Mascaro Faculty Fellowship. The John C. Mascaro Faculty program is designed to enhance the University of Pittsburgh’s mission of interdisciplinary excellence in sustainability research and education.
GSPIA Professor Receives Pitt Momentum Funds to Build an Online Police Accountability PlatformThe Graduate School of Public and International Affairs is pleased to announce that Professor Sera Linardi has been awarded a the 2021 Pitt Momentum Funds Seeding Grant. She is leading the project, "Community-centric Building of Digital Infrastructures Against Systemic Oppression: G2A police misconduct complaint support system,” in collaboration with Professor
Pitt's Gender Inequality Research Lab (GIRL), UNDP, UN Women: Women’s absence from COVID-19 task forces will perpetuate gender divide
Men outnumber women three to one across COVID-19 government task forces around the world. Such disproportionate representation will hamper women’s recovery from the pandemic, according to new data released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women, and the Gender Inequality Research Lab (GIRL) at the University of Pittsburgh.
It is almost time to welcome Carla Koppell to GSPIA to share insight from her work and leadership on diversity and inclusion in public and international affairs curriculum. Learn how she convenes the
GSPIA, CAASI to host NBER Decentralization Conference Focused on Mechanism Design for Vulnerable Populations
The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and its Center for Analytical Approaches to Social Innovation (CAASI) will be virtually hosting the 50th anniversary of the NBER (National Bureau of Economic Research) Decentralization Conference focused on Mechanism Design for Vulnerable Populations April 15-17, 2021.
Roscoe Robinson Jr. Memorial Lecture Series Features Chris Shorter
GSPIA recently welcomed Chris Shorter (MPA '04) as the 2021 Roscoe Robinson Jr. Memorial Lecture guest speaker where he spoke about diversity in public service.
Established in 2008, this lecture recognizes the late Roscoe Robinson Jr., a Pitt alumnus (GSPIA ’64) who served as the first African American four-star general in the U.S. Army.
Student Spotlight: Libby Wilkerson (MPA)
Libby Wilkerson is a second-year Master of Public Administration student majoring in Urban Affairs and Planning. Originally from York, Pa., she's lived in Pittsburgh since earning her bachelor's degree in Communication and Rhetoric from Pitt. Her research is mostly focused on affordable housing creation and development. Her career goal is to work locally in neighborhood planning and community development.
We had the extreme privilege to speak with Libby recently about her experience at GSPIA.
Q: Why did you choose your program or major at GSPIA?
Student Spotlight: Juliana Monteiro Berardino (MID)
Juliana Monteiro Bernardino is a Public Policy Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Latin American Studies as she pursues her Master’s degree in International Development at GSPIA, with a major in Social Policy.
Student Spotlight: Wensislaus Noval Rumangun (MPIA)
Wensislaus Noval Rumangun is a Master of Public and International Affairs candidate, focusing in international trade and development at GSPIA.
Born and raised in Indonesia, he took his undergraduate degree at Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta majoring in literature. As an enthusiast of trade and development issues, Wensislaus is now living his dream of completing his second-year master’s degree in International Political Economy at GSPIA.
Message from the Dean
It is difficult to know how best to respond in a moment like this, but it is even more difficult to be silent. The images from DC are truly heartbreaking and surely feel personally threatening for many in our community. For those in a school of public and international affairs like ours, it is beyond painful to see the symbols and spaces of public process and public service defiled. The power and impact of white supremacy is on display.
Student Spotlight: Kayla Conforti (MPIA)
Kayla Conforti is a second year Master of Public and International Affairs student at GSPIA majoring in International Political Economy. Before GSPIA, she received her B.A. in Economics, French, and International Studies at Washington & Jefferson College and was an English Language Assistant in France through the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF).
GSPIA remembers Professor Emeritus Dr. Martin Staniland
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of former University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) Professor Martin Staniland, who died Thursday, November 26, 2020.
Student Spotlight: I Younan An (MID)
I Younan An is a second-year Master of International Development candidate and also a Global Studies Center H.J Heinz Fellow.
I is from Phnom Penh, Cambodia and received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Northern Illinois University.
New Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum Executive Coach Appointed
Brigette M. Bethea, Owner and Lead Strategist of ULEAD, a training and development firm, whose career has spanned the intelligence, defense, public education, and nonprofit sector, has been named the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum’s first virtual Executive Coach in the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA).