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SPIA Students Recognized for Volunteer Work

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Globis

Jul 2016

SPIA students who travelled to South Africa as part of the Stellenbosch Study Abroad program have been recognized for their voluntary work. Vision AfriKa showed appreciation for our students’ time and assistance with their efforts in an article on its website. In the article, Vision AfriKa details the work SPIA students completed including helping Grades 8, 9 and primary school children with school work as well as learning how to type. This is the third year SPIA students have worked with Vision AfriKa as part of the experiential learning component of their coursework. To read the full article, click here.

http://www.visionafrika.com/us-students-offer-voluntary-help-to-vision-afrika-for-third-year-running/

Faculty News

SPIA Faculty Awarded a Total of ~$1.3 Million in Grants

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Center for International Trade and Security

Globis

Jul 2016

Over the past few weeks, several SPIA faculty members have been recommended for or received several prestigious grant awards totaling approximately $1.3 million dollars.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recommended for award three SPIA proposals submitted during the spring 2016 funding cycle. The recommended proposals include:

• Christy Boyd, Scott Ainsworth, and Michael Lynch’s project “Judging Disabilities: Social Security Administration Appeals in the Federal Trial Courts” which will explore federal trial court appellate review of denied Social Security Administration (SSA) disability claims brought between 1997 and 2014 to better understand why as many as 50 percent of the SSA’s disability determinations reviewed by the federal district courts are reversed and remanded.

• Jamie Monogan and Jeff Gill's (Washington University in St. Louis) project "Smooth National Measurement of Public Opinion across Boundaries and Levels: A View from the Bayesian Spatial Approach" which will reevaluate spatial modeling in political science by implementing software for public distribution using a new modeling approach for understanding public sentiment/opinion by micro-level geographic region based on Bayesian hierarchical spatial modeling with kriging.

• Chad Clay, Thorin Wright (Arizona State University), Reed Wood (Arizona State University), and Chris Farriss' (Univ. of Michigan) project "Sub-national Analysis of Repression Project (SNARP)” which will construct a new dataset that captures instances of political repression at the sub-national level that will support future studies of the subnational occurrence of repression and better explain variation in repression more generally.

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Baldwin Hall Construction Update

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Center for International Trade and Security

Globis

May 2016

Construction at Baldwin Hall is underway and is slated to be complete by May 2017. The roughly $8 million project, with funding provided by the Georgia General Assembly, includes construction of a 10,800-square-foot Baldwin Hall Annex and renovations to the existing building.

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Student News

SPIA Student Receives Pickering Fellowship

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

May 2016

University of Georgia Honors student Valerie Tucker has been awarded a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship for students interested in careers in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. As a Pickering Fellow, Tucker will receive a scholarship of up to $37,500 annually for tuition and other expenses for her senior year of undergraduate studies as well as for her first year enrolled in a master's degree program. Tucker, who is from Fort Walton Beach, Florida, is a junior majoring in international affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs and Spanish in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. She is one of 10 undergraduates and 20 graduate students chosen for the 23rd cohort of the program from among hundreds of applicants from 160 colleges and universities.

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2016-2017 Ambassador Applications Now Open

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Mar 2016

The School of Public and International Affairs’ Student Ambassador Program is now accepting applications. The Ambassador program is under the oversight of the SPIA Dean’s Office. Ambassadors enhance the internal undergraduate experience, as well as bolster the School’s reputation with external constituencies, such as alumni, donors, and citizens of the local community. This group assists with public relation and development efforts and events, which may include, but are not limited to, School ceremonies and lectures; departmental programs; fundraisers; student orientations and graduation; Board of Visitor meetings; and on and off-campus visits with alumni and friends of the School. In addition, the Ambassadors will play a role in activities meant to enhance the instructional goals of the School, its students and programs. They will be given opportunities to learn from and network with faculty, administrators, and serve as a link between the Dean’s Office and the undergraduate student body of the School. Click on the full story for more details and for the application.

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Student News

Walter & Williamson Win Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Department of International Affairs

Department of Political Science

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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Alumni News

Seven SPIA Grads Named to 40 Under 40 Class of 2015

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Sep 2015

Seven SPIA Alumni have been named to the UGA 40 Under 40 class of 2015. These prominent people have made an impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors and have demonstrated dedication to the University of Georgia and its mission of teaching, research and service. And above all they represent the very best of UGA graduates.

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Faculty News

Remembering Dr. Howard J. Wiarda, 1939-2015

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Sep 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.

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Student News

Justwan Joins University of Idaho Faculty

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Jun 2015

The 2014-2015 academic year was a great year for job placements by Georgia's Political Science and International Affairs Ph.D. graduates. Most recently, Florian Justwan has accepted a faculty position at the University of Idaho, starting this fall. All total, five of our Ph.D. students accepted tenure-track positions, meaning that they will have the opportunity to earn tenure after several years at their new institutions. In addition to Florian's new position, Chris Hare is joining the University of California at Davis, Sarah Fisher is joining Emory and Henry College, Melanie Kolbe will be joining the Graduate School of International and Development Study in Switzerland, and Mark Owens is joining the University of Texas at Tyler. Florian Justwan will be an assistant professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Idaho. The University of Idaho is consistently recognized as one of the best public colleges by The Princeton Review, and rated as a good value for academic strength and affordability by Kiplinger's and Newsweek. The University of Idaho is also home to the McClure Center for Public Policy Research. Florian's teaching and research focuses on the effects of generalized social trust on international and domestic politics. At Idaho, he plans to continue to teach courses that introduce the fields of International Relations and Comparative Politics, as well as a course on the Politics of Development. He has already published three peer-reviewed articles in academic journals and a trade book about U.S. foreign policy with Cuba. For more information about Florian Justwan's work, see: http://florianjustwan.com/

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Student News

PhD Student Accepts Assistant Professorship in Geneva, Switzerland

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Jun 2015

SPIA doctoral candidate Melanie Kolbe has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of International and Development Study in Geneva, Switzerland. Starting in September, Kolbe will be teaching Comparative Politics and Political Economy in the school’s Department of International Relations/Political Science. Her research addresses the social, political and economic aspects of industrialized nations’ management of increased immigration. She also studies the ways in which immigrants integrate into their host-society, as well as the public policies facilitating this. Kolbe’s research in immigration studies, comparative political economy and public policy also touches on such diverse topics as immigrant public opinion, interest group politics and citizenship and multiculturalism. Kolbe credits her continued success to her time at SPIA. “The faculty at the Department of International Affairs prepared me well for my career through rigorous training in political science, through rewarding intellectual engagement and challenge, and by being extremely supportive to help me become a good scholar and instructor.”

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