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
2800 Clifton Avenue
Clifton Court Hall (CCH), 5th Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0375

Undergraduate Questions:
Clifton Court Hall (CCH), Room 5114A
SPIA-UG@uc.edu
513-556-3320

Graduate Questions:
Clifton Court Hall (CCH), Room 5110
SPIA-Grad@uc.edu
513-556-1182


Department Spotlight

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UC offers experiential learning abroad in Central America

April 19, 2024

In the tropical paradise of Costa Rica, fourth year journalism and international affairs student Stephanie Rivera embarked on an unforgettable journey of self-discovery and cultural immersion. Leaving behind the familiar sights and sounds of Cincinnati, Rivera set out to study abroad for a transformative semester in this Central American country, rich with vibrant biodiversity and cultural heritage. The College of Arts & Sciences (A&S) at UC places great emphasis on encouraging study abroad and experiential learning opportunities for its students. Recognizing the transformative power of global experiences, the college supports a variety of study-abroad programs that enable students to enhance their academic pursuits while gaining valuable cultural and personal experiences.

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The Washington Post: Ohio warns Democrats that Biden may miss...

April 11, 2024

Political scientist David Niven is quoted in national media on the chances of Joe Biden not being placed on the November ballot in Ohio due to timing of the Democratic Convention and legislative deadlines. Niven is an often sought after expert for politicial commentary.

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