Our Mission

In all urban and most rural areas of the United States and other developed countries the primary policy actors (local governments, civic institutions, private interests, and citizens/citizen groups) need to work across their boundaries with each other and national/state actors to deal with a vast array of complex social, environmental and economic problems that can only be addressed at the local level. The skills and strategies necessary to manage across these boundaries are still in their infancy.  We are committed to hastening their development.

Upcoming Events

2018 Wherrett Lecture:

 "A Thousand Petty Fortresses”
Administrative Burden in U.S. Immigration Policies and its Consequences

Dr. Carolyn J. Heinrich

DATE: Friday, February 23, 2018
TIME: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
PLACE: Wesley Posvar Hall, Room 3911

Refreshments will be provided.

This event is free and open to the public!

Please RSVP for the event by emailing lindsayangelo@pitt.edu.

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Featured Video
2016 Wherrett Lecture: Margaret Weir

Margaret Weir is Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs at Brown University. Her research centers on social policy, poverty, and urban politics in the United States and Europe. 


On Friday, January 19th, GSPIA celebrated the inauguration of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Student Chapter at the University of Pittsburgh. ICMA is a leading professional association dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. 


Do you have the passion to make a difference in the lives of others? Consider taking the first step toward a rewarding career in public service by applying to the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public & International Affairs (GSPIA). Founded in 1958, GSPIA is one of the most recognized and comprehensive schools of its type in the world. GSPIA's 8,000 globally connected alumni hold prestigious positions in government, nonprofit organizations, business, and academia worldwide. 


We are delighted to announce that three new assistant professors will be joining the GSPIA faculty in Fall 2018.  Gary Hollibaugh and Daniel Jones will serve primarily in the MPA program, and Erica Owen will serve primarily in the MPIA program.


Thanks to the efforts of MPA students, Aishwarya Kumar and Shanshan Luan, GSPIA has established a student chapter of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). The ICMA Student Chapter will help to introduce and integrate students into the local government management profession and familiarize students with members, resources, and the ICMA Code of Ethics.


Brandon Mendoza, (MPA '10), government affairs manager at the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, highlights the importance of immigration to the region's economic future in the Pittsburgh Business Times. In his article, Mendoza juxtaposes the retiring baby boom generation with a need to attract more foreign-born workers as death rates in the region continues to outpace births. Read more.


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