Rebecca Young

MID '14

Eamonn Berry

MPIA '14

Xiaotang Huang

MPIA '12

Camille Gockowski

MID '14

Beth Rossman

VP, Government Relations, Honeywell International

Jonathan Russell

MPIA '14

Kevin Kearns

Professor Kevin Kearns

Sam Adcock

Senior VP, Government Relations, EADS North America

Caitlin Rice


Lindsey Anderson

Senior Policy Advisor/Policy Unit Chief, FEMA
October 2

We are proud to announce the release of the 2015 edition of our award-winning magazine, GSPIA Perspectives. The year’s issue focuses on GSPIA's strength in local leadership and features the alumni serving in the city of Pittsburgh and the surrounding boroughs.

Announcing GSPIA Perspectives 2015: Promoting City Management and Metropolitan Studies


Wednesday, October 21, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 pm
3431 Posvar Hall
University of Pittsburgh
(Brown bag event, cookies served)

The Ford Institute welcomes Aarya Nijat to speak with Prof. Jennifer Murtazashvili to students on the theme of their new co-authored paper, Women's Leadership Roles in Afghanistan, published by the US Institute of Peace.

Aarya Nijat is a policy analyst who has spent more than a decade in the development sector in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She previously served as the Director of Capacity and Institutional Development at the Government of Afghanistan's Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG).


November 6, 2015
3:30-5:00 p.m.
3911 Posvar Hall

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Please join us in honoring this year's winners of the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership Emerging Leader Award:

Andrew Butcher, CEO and Co-Founder of GTECH and
Julie Butcher Pezzino,
Executive Director of Grow Pittsburgh.

With this award, we recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of individuals who, relatively early in their professional careers, have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities and high promise of future contributions.

Andrew has shown impressive leadership as a social entrepreneur in the fields of sustainability, energy, public policy and community development. Julie has shown great leadership in urban gardening as a means of working to end food deserts and works to improve the environment, nutrition and the sense of community in the Pittsburgh area. Both have a strong commitment to helping to make our region a vibrant and welcoming place for a new generation of community-minded leaders.

To learn more about their work visit:

For more information contact Lydia McShane at 412-648-1336 or


Saturday, November 14, 2015
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
3911 Posvar Hall
Pitt Main Campus

Thinking about applying to GSPIA? Join us for an information session to learn more about the application process and to find the academic program that is right for you. GSPIA counselors will be available to answer your questions, introduce you to GSPIA’s degree offerings, and offer the inside scoop on what the admissions committee hopes to see in successful applicants. Financial aid and career options will be covered. This is an ideal session for anyone considering a PhD, Master of Public Administration, Master of Public and International Affairs, Master of International Development, or Master of Public Policy and Management.

If you would like to attend, please register here.

If you have any questions, please contact GSPIA at 412-648-7640 or

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October 07, 2015

The State of Pennsylvania's Auditor General, Eugene DePasquale (MPA '97) issued a pair of "long-awaited" audits today investigating the State Board of Education and its special adviser Ron Tomalis, appointed by former governor Tom Corbett. DePasquale was quoted in the Post-Gazette as saying that, “either literally [Mr. Tomalis] went to the office and sat there and did nothing... or they need to get better at retaining records.” Mr. DePasquale also criticized the department's lack of assistance to poorly performing schools and failure to update its Basic Education Master Plan for 16 years.

October 06, 2015

In the 2013 mayoral election, three GSPIA alumni competed for the office and GSPIA alumnus Bill Peduto won by a landslide. Since 2014, the mayor of Pittsburgh has thus been a GSPIA alumnus, and working with him are five other GSPIAns in manager-level staff positions; approximately 25 more GSPIA alumni are also currently employed by the city. The success of these alumni reflects GSPIA’s commitment to training students for local public service since the founding of the school by Dean Donald Stone, whose first job was in the mayor’s office in Cincinnati.

October 05, 2015

The Workforce Development Global Alliance (WDGA) will honor GSPIA Professor Kevin Kerns for his commitment to servant leadership with the 10th Annual Dr. Wangari Maathai Humanitarian Award, Tues., November 3. According to WDGA’s announcement, the award recognizes Kearns for his "unprecedented levels of servant leadership, commitment and impact to mankind from local to global communities."

October 02, 2015

We are proud to announce the release of the 2015 edition of our award-winning magazine, GSPIA Perspectives. The year’s issue focuses on GSPIA's strength in local leadership and features the alumni serving in the city of Pittsburgh and the surrounding boroughs.

October 02, 2015

On Sept. 21, 2015, the Ford Institute for Human Security welcomed Dr. Des Gasper to give this year’s Saul M. Katz Lecture titled “Human Security and Human Rights: Competitive or Complementary?” Dr. Gasper is a professor at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, part of Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. He delivered a talk to a standing-room only crowd based on his current paper entitled “Human Security, Undermining Human Rights?”

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Nontaxation and Representation: The Fiscal Foundations of Political Stability

Contrary to conventional wisdom, Assistant Professor Kevin Morrison illustrates in his new book how taxation leads to instability, not representation.


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