School of Public and International Affairs

SPIA—the Nexus of Theory and Action. We forge big ideas that foster public impact. We partner with students, communities, and governments to inspire innovative ideas and action, build trust and engagement in democratic governance nationally and globally, and champion the pursuit of human progress centered on equity and justice.

SPIA’s programming is expansive with undergraduate degrees in Political Science, International Affairs, Law & Society, and later this year, Cyber Strategy and Policy, along with certificates in International Human Rights; War, Peace and Security; Legal Studies; and Cybersecurity. Our graduate program boasts an outstanding PhD, MA, and a new Masters in Public Administration anchored on a core social justice curriculum and two certificates.

Our faculty have recently won book awards in Religion and Politics, are internationally recognized for their research innovation and regularly work directly with local, state, national, and international governments and community partners. Our students win university awards, scholarships, go on to Law and Graduate schools, and great careers in many fields. 

General Inquiries: ContactSPIA@uc.edu  or phone: 513-556-3300

Meet Reghan and Jelena

Reghan Buie, Undergraduate Student, Political Science

Reghan Buie, Undergraduate Student, Political Science


Reghan is a third-year student graduating from the University of Cincinnati this spring. She is majoring in English (Rhetoric and Professional Writing) and Political Science on a Pre-Law track. As a Resident Advisor and former Desk Assistant for university housing, she is an advocate for student safety and comfort within their home away from home...
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Jelena Vićić , Graduate Student, Cybersecurity

Jelena Vićić , Graduate Student, Cybersecurity

Growing up in Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia), Jelena Vićić has always been a voracious learner, interested in the nonsensical ways of violence and the precariousness of international relations. Currently, Jelena is a UC doctoral student, studying cybersecurity and served as the 2018–19 graduate student government (GSGA) president. Before coming to UC…

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Faculty Spotlight

Andrew Lewis, Associate Professor of Political Science

Andrew Lewis, Associate Professor of Political Science

At a moment when boundaries of religious rights are in conflict and prominent in American conversation, Andrew Lewis looks at perspectives often unconsidered. Lewis, a UC political scientist and award-winning author, focuses his research on the nexus of American politics and religion and sees a potential shift in Christian conservative political strategies…

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Degree Program or Curriculum Questions?

Location:
School of Public and International Affairs
301 Clifton Court
Crosley Tower, 11th Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0375

Undergraduate Questions:
1109 Crosley Tower
SPIA-UG@uc.edu
513-556-3320

Graduate Questions:
1105 Crosley Tower
SPIA-Grad@uc.edu
513-556-1182


Department Spotlight

UC mock trial team makes elite national competition

May 11, 2022

Each spring, in hundreds of nondescript rooms across the country, around 700 collegiate mock trial teams compete. Team members collaborate to create compelling arguments, for both the mock defense and prosecution, to win their respective cases. Tensions run high and each team member must be fully prepared and in character to advance to the national competition. Only seven percent of all collegiate teams qualify, and UC’s team joined the elite competition this year for the first time since 2019, appearing in the American Mock Trial Association’s national championship in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in April. UC’s team is comprised mainly of students from the College of Arts and Science, with more than two-thirds of the nationals team enrolled in an A&S major. The UC Mock Trial Team had the unique opportunity of competing with all-female team with co-captains Divya Kumar and Zophia Pittman-Jones leading. Kumar, who has been on the team since her first year at UC, is a third-year history major. She was awarded an All-American Attorney Award at Nationals.

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