Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)

GSPIA Conference Attendees


The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) is a professional school that hones the passion of its students into purposeful direction and action. The school retains a position of leadership in public and international affairs thanks to its programs of study, its diverse, cosmopolitan community of faculty, staff, students and alumni—and the continued support of donors.

GSPIA's mission is to prepare leaders with the skills, vision and knowledge to build a better world. Founded on and committed to the values of public service, diversity and excellence, GSPIA provides preeminent research and educational programs in public and international affairs. With our nearly 8,000 alumni worldwide, GSPIA’s collective mind makes a difference every day in careers spanning all sectors—public, private and nonprofit.

Giving Priorities

Make a gift to one of the GSPIA funds listed below:
  • GSPIA Annual Giving Fund              
  • GSPIA Internship Resource Fund           
  • GSPIA Class Gift   

Dean’s Message

Now more than ever, the world needs well-educated, forward-looking leaders in foreign policy, government, nonprofit management, and global business. Your gift provides the means for motivated and deserving students from around the world to honor their commitment to public service and for faculty research that brings new ideas and public policy solutions to life.

Thanks to the generous donors who support GSPIA, in recent years we have increased the number and quality of applicants and expanded our international reach. GSPIA’s research capacity and productivity is as substantial as it is diverse, as evidenced by this sample of recent research by our faculty: Democracy in Afghanistan; Regional Governance in the United States; Improving Tsunami Preparedness in Indonesia; Drug Trafficking, Violence, and Instability in Mexico, Colombia and the Caribbean; Globalization and the Race to the Bottom in Developing Countries; Pittsburgh Goes High Tech; and Management and Culture in an Enlarged European Commission.

Your time at GSPIA was a unique, personal experience. Please consider making a personal contribution that will benefit well-deserving students who want to make a difference. Thank you for your support.

John T.S. Keeler, Dean and Professor


Sean DeanSean Dean
Director of Annual Programs
Office of Institutional Advancement
(412) 624-5811



For information about gift options of $1,000 or more, please contact:

Jean Hale
Director of Alumni Relations and Development