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School of Politics, Public Affairs & International Studies


Welcome Message from Dr. Stephanie Anderson

 

In 2017, the Department of Political Science and Global and Area Studies program merged to create the new School of Politics, Public Affairs & International Studies or SPPAIS – pronounced "spice". I am very proud to head this new institution, which boasts 14 faculty, almost 400 undergraduate majors, and three graduate programs, including the largest master's program at the university, the Master's in Public Administration (MPA). SPPAIS has taken over the entire south side of the A&S building; please come visit!

I am a fifth-generation Wyomingite and ranch-owner, hailing from Savery, Wyoming in Carbon County. All my family has gone to US, and I started working in both political science and international studies as an adjunct in 1994. It gives me great pleasure to see how these programs have grown, and I look forward to leading the School through this new exciting phase. In 2017 alone, SPPAIS has hosted a Public Administration conference, brought in major speakers such as Baroness Catherine Ashton, former EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy and one of the architects of the Iran nuclear deal, won a multi-thousand dollar grant from the German embassy in Washington to put on a series of events regarding the recent German Election, and had one of our own, Judge Margaret McKeown (INST '72), honored for UW's Distinguished Alumni award. Welcome to the School's community.

The video below featuring graduate student Thao Nguyen is a great example of the student experiences you may find as a part of SPPAIS!

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