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:  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?

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

Graduate Questions:
Clifton Court Hall (CCH), Room 5110

Department Spotlight


The Independent: This man has been swatted 47 times for making a...

February 14, 2024

A seemingly harmless take on Twitter turned into an years-long campaign of harassment, death threats and dozens of ‘swatting’ attacks on an individual. An arrest has been made, but swatting needs to be taken more seriously, says UC cybersecurity expert Gregory Winger, an assistant professor in the School of Public and International Affairs.


WVXU: Former Sens. Portman, Heitkamp talk 'civility in polarized...

February 9, 2024

A speaker event at UC's Portman Center for Policy Solutions drew a large crowd on Feb. 5. Two former senators spoke to attendees on the importance of "Civility in Polarized Times." The former senators were: Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio).


UC Portman Center event: 'Civility in Polarized Times'

Event: February 5, 2024 2:30 PM

Former U.S. senators Heidi Heitkamp and Rob Portman discuss 'Civility in Polarized Times" at UC's Portman Center within the School of Public and International Affairs. The event takes place Monday, Feb. 5, 2023 in Clifton Court Hall.

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