Research That Matters
We examine the political process. We analyze public opinion. We delve into the far-reaching and sometimes unintended consequences of public policies. We explore the synergies between academic expertise and the nonprofit sector. Research in Public and International Affairs hones in on issues that are critical to North Carolina, our nation and around the globe. Whether it’s looking into the nuances of the U.S. social security program, analyzing the impacts of economic sanctions on foreign countries, or working to understand how government agencies can develop better working relationships among themselves, our faculty lead the way. Our undergraduate and graduate students work alongside faculty mentors to support ongoing research or projects that explore their unique passions.
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Study: Claiming Social Security Earlier Can Put Your Spouse at Risk of Poverty
The point at which a family's primary wage earner claims Social Security can significantly affect whether that person's spouse becomes impoverished in later life, according to a new study from NC State's School of Public and International Affairs.
Study: Sanctions Boost Foreign Military More Than They Hurt Economy
The available evidence indicates that economic sanctions are not effective tools for achieving specific policy goals in foreign nations. New research led by NC State's School of Public and International Affairs argues that increased military spending caused by economic sanctions counterbalances the adverse impact of the sanctions – and points to Iran as a case study in how this can happen.
Sci and Spy: When Research and Intelligence Communities Collaborate
When NC State and the NSA created the joint Laboratory for Analytical Sciences, they soon discovered that a funny thing happens when academic researchers collaborate with the intelligence community: they feel like they're being spied on. An interdisciplinary research team is exploring the challenges inherent in bringing together experts from myriad disciplines and backgrounds who have never worked together. That team, including our college's Kathleen Vogel, is sharing some of the lessons it has learned at the world’s largest scientific meeting in February: the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
Connected and Engaged
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Public Safety Leadership Initiative
The Public Safety Leadership Initiative trains and supports public safety officers in management, leadership and administration.
We subscribe to NC State’s Think and Do mindset. We partner with government entities at all levels, with businesses and with nonprofit organizations. Our students intern in the halls of Congress, for large and small nonprofits, and in myriad other spots where they see policies hammered out and news being made. We engage daily with the people of our state and world who depend on our faculty’s expertise in public policy, in political science, in cross-cultural understanding and in leadership development.
We have faculty who conduct research that benefits the nonprofit sector and who prepare nonprofit leaders to navigate the challenges of their world. Our affiliated Genetic Engineering and Society Center connects leading researchers and scholars to address emerging issues. Our Public Safety Leadership Initiative trains top law enforcement executives as proactive leaders, while our Administrative Officers Management Program raises the professional bar for law enforcement officers. Some of our political scientists are leading poll experts and share their expertise with NC State students and the general public over issues ranging from online dating to elections to reverse discrimination. In all we do, we have the general welfare of our state and planet front and center.
Beyond the Classroom
Research done by students in the School of Public and International Affairs has a dual benefit: our students create meaningful contributions in identifying and solving leading problems facing society while gaining a hands-on education that will benefit them as they enter the public or private sector or advance in academia. Our leading classroom education is supplemented by engaging research to create an ideal modern student experience.
Students in SPIA are well-represented in the annual Graduate Research Symposium and the Spring and Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium, providing the opportunity to discuss ideas, network and earn recognition for exemplary research.
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Looking for an Oasis in America's Food Deserts
Public Administration doctoral student Sherrie Godette investigated government intervention into food deserts — low-income population areas where residents have limited access to grocery stores. We asked her about her research and what it tells us about the state of food access.
Research Tests Success of Conditional Poverty Aid
How can countries best address institutional poverty? Master of International Studies student Lesa Sexton set out to discover if national conditional cash transfer programs in Mexico and Brazil are having a major impact on education for children living in poverty.