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. 

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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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Department Spotlight


WKRC: Local expert says ban on TikTok begs bigger question about...

May 23, 2023

The ban of TikTok isn't necessary, says social media expert Jeffrey Blevins, a professor in the Department of Journalism and the School of Public and International Affairs. Restrictions are being discussed by government officials and an outright ban has passed in Montana.


Grass Roots Health: How social media has changed us

May 19, 2023

Since the onset of social media, what has changed in the way people communicate? What factors are there to consider now that employers and other agencies can search your posts? These are the topics that UC social media expert Jeffrey Blevins, PhD, discusses on the podcast: How has social media changed us?

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