Rebecca Young

MID '14

Jessica Smith

Former Student Cabinet President

Camille Gockowski

MID '14

Beth Rossman

VP, Government Relations, Honeywell International

Xiaotang Huang

MPIA '12

Kevin Kearns

Professor Kevin Kearns

Adame Frances

Former Student Cabinet Vice President

Eamonn Berry

MPIA '14

Lindsey Anderson

Visiting Senior Lecturer

Sam Adcock

Senior VP, Government Relations, EADS North America

Caitlin Rice


Jonathan Russell

MPIA '14

Monday, April 16th - Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
Twentieth Century Club
4201 Bigelow Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
For more information: 
Sandy Monteverde, Ridgway Center, ( or
Diane Cohen, Ford Institute, (

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
12:00 p.m.
University Club, Ballroom B

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall Museum
Class photo 12:30 p.m.   
Ceremony begins 1:30 p.m.

Recent News

March 19, 2018

GSPIA's Leadership During Crisis Podcast -- sponsored by the Center for Disaster Management and the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum -- posted its second episode focused on Pittsburgh's water infrastructure crisis. This episode, led by PhD student Lucy Gillespie, explores crisis leadership from several unique dimensions in asking not only how local leaders are managing Pittsburgh's recent boil water alerts, but - more importantly - what they are doing in the mid and long-term to avoid a more significant water crisis like what occurred in Flint, Michigan.

February 28, 2018

Often, the most visible elements of a response to disaster are first responders and operational teams; however, behind the scenes are always the financial, logistics, and policy staff who help make disaster preparedness and response possible. Ed Roes (MPA ’86) is one these individuals. Ed serves as a senior member of the City of Los Angeles’ administrative team, focusing on services that support the city’s public safety and emergency services. He has served the City for nearly 30 years. 

February 26, 2018

Did the U.S. ‘hack back’ at Russia? Here’s why this matters in cyberwarfare. In an analysis of the ongoing cyberwarfare between Russia and the United States, GSPIA Assistant Professor Michael Poznansky and Assistant Professor Evan Perkoski at the University of Connecticut, explore the importance of a recent exchange between CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Maine Senator Anus King during the Feb. 13 Senate Intelligence Committee

February 26, 2018

Melanie Hughes (Sociology) and Müge Finkel (GSPIA) were awarded funds from the Provost’s Integrative Social-Science Research Initiative for “The Global Glass Ceilings Database: Measuring Women's Access to Decision-making in Public Administration Worldwide.” Hughes and Finkel won support to convene an interdisciplinary and international advisory board for two workshops and to conduct a mixed-methods pilot study, including research trips to Colombia, Denmark, and South Africa. The project will be the first new research endeavor of the University of Pittsburgh’s Gender Inequality Research Lab (GIRL), launched in November 2017. The Social-Science Research Initiative awards up to $50,000 to expand Pitt social scientists' involvement in research that uses integrative approaches from multiple disciplines.

February 15, 2018

KDKA reporter Ralph Iannotti interviewed GSPIA students engaged in a joint research project with the FBI spearheaded by Associate Professor Michael Kenney. The foundation for the partnership developed out of the student working groups at the Matthew Ridgway Center for International Security Studies at GSPIA, under the leadership of Dr. Phil Williams, director of the center.  “As a policy school, GSPIA strives to give its students experience in conducting policy relevant research inside and outside the classroom,” explained Associate Professor Kenney. The students in the group work collaboratively and share a common interest in a career in intelligence and law enforcement. Read more. 

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By Shanti Gamper-Rabindran

The US shale boom and efforts by other countries to exploit their shale resources could reshape energy and environmental landscapes across the world. But how might those landscapes change? Will countries with significant physical reserves try to exploit them? Will they protect or harm local communities and the global climate? Will the benefits be shared or retained by powerful interests? And how will these decisions be made? In the book, GSPIA associate professor Shanti Gamper-Rabindran brings together experts working at the forefront of shale gas issues on four continents to explain how countries reach their decisions on shale development.

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