Sat, August 27, 2016

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  • Han Park retiring after 45 years

    Han S. Park, a pre-eminent scholar on global peace and a thought leader on the tense relationship between the U.S. and North Korea, retires at the end of the year after 45 years at UGA.

    While many people on the cusp of retirement plan to travel and relax, Park already is thinking about how to continue his decades-long effort to promote peace.

    "Retirement won't stop me from pursuing my research and being an activist for peace," he said.

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  • Remembering Howard J. Wiarda

    Howard John Wiarda, 1939-2015

    Howard J. Wiarda, the Dean Rusk Professor of International Relations in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia and formerly the Leonard J. Horowitz Professor of Iberian and Latin American Studies at U-Mass died on September 12, 2015, just 2 months shy of his 76th birthday. 

    After an illustrious career at the University of Massachusetts, at Amherst (where he still holds the unbroken record of becoming the youngest Full Professor at age 33 in the Department of Political Science), Professor Wiarda became the Founding Head in 2003 of the newly created Department of International Affairs, one of three Departments of the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia.

    He is survived by his wife Dr. Iêda Siqueira Wiarda, herself a professional political scientist who taught at U-Mass and who also held the positions of Research Specialist at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and taught at the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia; and three children and five grandchildren and many nephews and nieces. He also leaves many close friends and former students in Amherst, Athens, Cambridge, Washington, and elsewhere who will miss him greatly as will his colleagues at the University of Georgia. To read more about Dr. Wiarda, click here.

  • Crepaz named CTL Teaching Fellow

    Dr. Markus Crepaz has been selected as one of eight Senior Teaching Fellows by The University of Georgia’s Center for Teaching & Learning.  The fellowship allows senior faculty to focus on undergraduate instruction by providing opportunities to exchange innovative ideas with other teaching fellows, and to strengthen and enhance their own teaching and that of the faculty in their home departments.  Only associate and full professors who have been at UGA for five or more years are eligible for this fellowship.

    The CTL Senior Teaching Fellows Program was originally established at the University of Georgia in 1987 through a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE). In 1990, the program was continued with full support from the University of Georgia.

  • An insider's account

    Loch K. Johnson's book, American Foreign Policy and the Challenges of World Leadership: Power, Principle, and the Constitution, sets the stage for the ongoing debate about how the U.S. ought to conduct itself as a world power.

Student News

SPIA Student Receives Carnegie Junior Research Fellowship

Apr 2016 University of Georgia Honors student Bert Thompson Jr. has been awarded a Carnegie Junior Research Fellowship, becoming one of just 14 young scholars from across the nation to join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as a research assistant. Thompson, who is from Macon, is expected to graduate in May with a double major in international affairs from the UGA School of Public and International Affairs and history from the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. His fellowship will center on nuclear nonproliferation, a subject that has surrounded his coursework and experiential learning at UGA.

Student News

Walter & Williamson Win Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Mar 2016 The PhD program in Political Science and International Affairs boasts two recipients of one of UGA's most prestigious teaching awards for graduate students; the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Congratulations to PhD students Steven Walter and Ryan Williamson for each receiving an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award!

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Up Close

  • Zimmermann, Laura

    Assistant Professor

    Laura Zimmermann is an assistant professor in the Department of International Affairs and the Department of Economics at the University of Georgia. Her research interests are in the areas of economic development and political economy with a focus on South Asia. Prior to joining the faculty at SPIA...

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    Ben Shitrit, Lihi

    Assistant Professor

    Johnson, Loch K.

    Regents Professor

    Loch Kingsford Johnson is the Regents Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia, as well as a Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor. He is the author of over 200 articles and essays; and the author or editor of thirty books on U.S. national security....

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  • Berejikian, Jeffrey D.

    Associate Professor

    Dr. Jeffrey D. Berejikian is a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Georgia, and Associate Professor in the Department of International Affairs. Dr. Berejikian earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, and held a previous appointment with the University of...

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    Mudde, Cas

    Associate Professor

    Cas Mudde was born in the Netherlands, where he gained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science at Leiden University, under the supervision of the late Peter Mair. Before moving to the US in 2008, to join his wife, he held tenure-track positions at Central European University (Hungary), the...

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    Crepaz, Markus M. L.

    Department Head

    Dr. Crepaz received his Ph.D. in political science in 1992 from the University of California, San Diego. His research interests include the effects of formal political institutions on policy outcomes, the effect of immigration on the European welfare state project and identity of Europeans, the...

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  • Park, Han S.


    Throughout his life, Han Park has endeavored to find new ways to use his talents and abilities to serve humankind....

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    Singh, Shane P.

    Associate Professor

    Shane Singh received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Michigan State University in 2009 under the supervision of William G. Jacoby. During the 2009-2010 academic year, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship at McGill University and the Canada...

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    Maney Purser, Carolin

    Major: International Relations

    Carolin in a Ph.D. student majoring in international relations and minoring in methodology....

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  • McKibben, Caitlin

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Mintz, Logan

    Major: International Relations

    I am pursuing a Ph.D. in political science with an international relations major, and a methods minor. My research focuses on security studies, non-proliferation, and Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union....

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INTL Calendar
Sep 14

Political Science 75th Anniversary Kickoff Reception

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We invite you to join faculty, staff, alumni, and friends for an evening reception on Wednesday, September 14 on the terrace of Nelson Mullins law firm in Atlantic Station.

This kickoff reception is the first of many events to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Department of Political Science. For information about the other upcoming events, visit the Political Science 75th Anniversary Facebook page.

The event is free, but registration is required by September 7. Register Here.

We look forward to celebrating with you soon!

Sep 16

Constitution Day

Sponsor: SPIA, Law School, and The American Founding Group

2:00 pm