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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jul 14, 2024
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

The mission of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) is to prepare students to make substantive contributions to society through careers as managers, advisors, and policy analysts in government and nonprofit organizations in a multitude of geographic locations throughout the world. This mission is accomplished through dedication to quality teaching that builds skills and commitments to the core values, challenges, and rewards of public service. It is supported through basic and applied research on timely issues of public management; international, regional, and urban affairs; and policy making. The school and faculty are committed to making a difference in the world by drawing on diverse skills and knowledge to improve the performance of public and nonprofit organizations that contribute to free and just societies in the United States and abroad. To accomplish these ends, GSPIA teaches, conducts research, and performs public service in the following areas:

  • The management and administration of public and nonprofit agencies
  • The growth and sustainable development of urban metropolitan regions throughout the world
  • The economic and social development of newly independent and developing states
  • The emerging dynamics that are shaping today’s international political economy
  • Threats to and issues in international security

The mission of GSPIA stresses the importance of democratic responsibilities and personal integrity in the management of human affairs as well as the professional qualifications required for managing constructive change. Students and faculty alike are required to:

  • Demonstrate the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct
  • Use critical thinking and problem solving skills in addressing public policy issues
  • Consider the international and intersectoral aspects of public affairs
  • Develop partnerships with others both internal and external to the University of Pittsburgh

Contact Information

Recuitment & Admissions Office
Suite 3601 Posvar Hall

Advising and Career Services

Academic Advising: Each student is assigned a faculty advisor based on, whenever possible, the compatibility of student and faculty academic interests. Faculty advisors assure that students, through proper course selection, can make productive use of the resources of the school and the University during their period of residence. In addition, faculty advisors are responsible for counseling their advisees about career opportunities in the student’s area of study; for counseling advisees who have been placed on probation; and for approving the advisee’s school-wide required and elective courses, proposed thesis or dissertation topics, and supervised internships. Advisors and students monitor academic progress and identify areas where corrective action on the part of students may be required. It is essential, therefore, that students consult periodically with their advisors. Unless students subsequently request a change, faculty members originally assigned will continue as advisors throughout the students’ program of study. If, however, a change in faculty advisor is requested, students must obtain the signed approval of the new advisors. Based on a student-focused approach, we provide students with a academic advisor who serves as the first point of contact for class registration, financial aid application and preparation for graduation. Additionally, academic advisors support students by providing information necessary to navigate the logistical challenges of graduate school and connect students to resources at the University of Pittsburgh.

Career Services: GSPIA places great emphasis on assisting students in determining the best and most appropriate positions available. In addition to faculty advisors, the school provides resources and guidance for students throughout their course of study as they devise strategies to identify professional opportunities. Among the many services offered through Career Services are individual career advising, internship and job search assistance, and a series of career-related workshops and special events. Extensive reference materials on jobs, fellowships, and internships are made available in a variety of ways, including GSPIA Career Launch, GSPIA’s online career management system for students and alumni. Workshops cover such topics as resume preparation, job search strategies, negotiation skills, networking, and using technology in securing employment. Special events include Foreign Service information sessions, mock interviews for the Presidential Management Fellowship Program, an internship fair, and networking events with alumni, foundations, and agency representatives on campus and in Washington, D.C.


Lisa S. Alfredson, Professor, PhD, London School of Economics

Ariel Armony, Professor, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Luke Condra, Assistant Professor, PhD, Stanford University

Sabina E. Deitrick, Associate Professor, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

George W. Dougherty, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Georgia

Nicola Foote, Professor, PhD, University College London

Melinda Haas, Assistant Professor, JD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Princeton University

Gary Hollibaugh, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Rochester

Muge Kokten Finkel, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Virginia

Shanti Gamper-Rabindra, Associate Professor, Phd, Massachusetts Insitute of Technology

Marcela Gonzalez Rivas, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Ryan Grauer, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Daniel Jones, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Michael Kenney, Associate Professor, PhD, University of Florida

Michael Lewin, Senior Lecturer, PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Huafang Li, Assistant Professor, PhD, Rutgers University

Siyao Li, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Sera Linardi, Assistant Professor, PhD, California Institute of Technology

Jennifer B. Murtazashvili, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Ilia Murtazashvili, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Lisa Nelson, Associate Professor, PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Erica Owen, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Minnesota

Carissa Schively Slotterback, Dean and Professor, PhD, Florida State University

Taylor Seybolt, Associate Professor, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Brooke Shannon, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Nuno Themudo, Associate Professor, PhD, London School of Economics

Jeremy Weber, Assistant Professor, Phd, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Rashad Williams, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Minnesota

Part-time and Visiting Faculty

Kathleen Buechel, Senior Lecturer, MA, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Julie Santucci, Senior Lecturer, MA, University of Arizona

Program and Course Offerings

Other Courses

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