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Created in 2006, the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) provides a vibrant and innovative platform for understanding, exploring and engaging with issues of leadership and public affairs-from our Raleigh campus to the halls of the North Carolina General Assembly, the power centers of Washington and decision-making forums across the globe.

The School encompasses the academic, professional, and practical activities of the political science and public administration departments, the international studies graduate program, the leadership in the public sector undergraduate program and the public safety leadership initiative, to bring a new focus and a new level of energy to the issues and institutions that shape our world. Housed within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at NC State University, SPIA's varied programs and departments marry theory and practice through teaching, research, and real-world application. We serve more than 1,000 majors and graduate students through our undergraduate, graduate, and training programs. Meet one of our faculty researchers.

SPIA’s PS Department Joins $25 Million Nuclear Nonproliferation Grant

SPIA’s Department of Political Science is a member of a five-year multi-university, multi-disciplinary Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities (CNEC) that was awarded a $25 million grant by the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA, a semi-autonomous agency in the Department of Energy) Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development. Read More

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Fire Chasers Project

  • The Fire Chasers Team has been researching wildfire since 2008. Our primary goal is to better understand how adaptive capacities such as communication efficacy during incidents relates to more disaster resilient communities. View Website

Recent News

  • Richard M. Clerkin, PhD, has been named executive director of the Institute for Nonprofit Research, Education and Engagement at NC State University.  Read More

  • 2015 Legislative Intern Program - The School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University is pleased to announce its twenty-sixth Legislative Internship Program, which is conducted under the authority of the North Carolina General Assembly. Read More

  • The North Carolina Elections of 2014 Panel Discussion - Monday, October 20th, 4:30 PM - Learn More

  • SPIA's PS Dept. Joins $25 Million Nuclear Nonproliferation Grant - Read Article

  • Political Science Professor Andy Taylor featured in CNN Article - Read Article

  • British Students At SPIA - View Video

  • Timothy Bent is the first editor-in-residence in the School of Public and International Affairs. Read Article

  • NC State SPIA Launches New Video. View Now

  • Visiting Young Scholars Program - The School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Political Science have developed an innovative program to complement our traditional educational and research activities. Read More

  • Jim McLay, New Zealand's ambassador to the U.N. is NC State's first ambassador-in-residence. Read More / View Video

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