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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.