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SPIA Reacts: What Policymakers Can Do Now to Drive Meaningful Change Following the Police Killing of Tyre Nichols

Despite the Black Lives Matter movement and the 2020 protests following the murder of George Floyd — police brutality and its disproportionate impact on Black people remains.
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Dean Jamal Appointed to the National Endowment for Democracy

Dean Amaney Jamal has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Elected for three-year terms, the NED Board members include leading scholars and practitioners in democracy and foreign policy, and representatives from labor, business, and politics.
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Honoring Black History Month

February is Black History Month in the United States. All month, we will celebrate the numerous achievements and contributions that Black Americans and other Black individuals have made to our nation, its history, and culture.

SPIA Community Reflects on the Life and Legacy of Maura Coursey

On the afternoon of Jan. 30, students, staff, and faculty gathered in Robertson Hall to commemorate the life and accomplishments of first-year graduate student Maura Coursey.

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Our Global Impact

Our international efforts enable us to be at the forefront of the study of emerging policy issues in Africa, Europe, Latin America, and other regions around the world. Our work is shaping public debates on topics such as U.S.-China relations, democratic back-sliding and the rise of populism, race and gender, mis/disinformation, poverty and inequality, and more.
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At SPIA, We Care

Our Community

We are committed to ensuring that all members of our diverse community feel respected, supported, and valued both inside and outside the classroom. We seek to strengthen the capacity of our students to promote equity and foster inclusion while here and in the broader world.

At SPIA, We Lead

We are tackling today's most-pressing challenges — at home and abroad. Below are some current initiatives and focus areas.

Our experts address issues related to populism, democratic backsliding, and polarization.

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Afghanistan Policy Lab

We created the Afghanistan Policy Lab at SPIA to address the impact of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and help contribute to its rebuilding.

Environment, Energy
Climate Change

Today’s environmental challenges require global policies that adapt to uncertain conditions — and our experts are pioneers in the field.

At SPIA, We Learn


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Expert faculty and policy practitioners across disciplines

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Global network of alumni

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Over 40%

U.S. students of color

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Annual Report

A snapshot of our work from the past year.

At SPIA, We Serve

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In Service to the Nation and Humanity

Our unofficial motto captures the essence of the School and is embodied not only in our curriculum — designed to prepare students to pursue careers in public service — but also in the activities our students pursue outside of the classroom.

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