Announcing the new School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at the University of Cincinnati

SPIA is the Nexus of Theory and Action

We forge big ideas that foster big public impact.

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.

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. Learn more about us on our School website

April 7 Event Information

School of Public and International Affairs Launch Event
April 7th, 2022
12:15-2pm (EST)
Nippert Stadium North

To launch our exciting new future, we invite students and local university partners to attend a reception and lecture starting at 12:15 on April 7th at Nippert Stadium North. Join us in-person or virtually for our first formal SPIA event as we hear from Dr. Ben Buchanan, Georgetown Professor and currently serving in the White House as Cyber Director of the Office of Technology and Policy.

Students: Join us in-person at Nippert Stadium North. Free food and giveaways will be provided.

Alumni: Can’t join us in person? This event will also be streamed. Register for the zoom event using the following link to learn more about the mission of our new school, hear from Ben Buchanan, and more.

Ben Buchanan

Ben Buchanan
The Intersection of Cyber, Artificial Intelligence, and Geopolitics

Abstract: Over the last several decades, scholars have established some of the core ideas at the intersection of cyber operations and statecraft. AI threatens to upend much of the status quo, changing the practice of cyber operations just as it changes so much else about the world. This talk illuminates some of the key questions at the intersection of these three areas and offers a framework for scholarship and policy in the years ahead. 

Dr. Ben Buchanan is on leave from his professorship at Georgetown University to serve in the White House, where he works on AI, cybersecurity, and international affairs. He is the author of three books, The New Fire (MIT Press, 2022), The Hacker and the State (Harvard University Press, 2020) and The Cybersecurity Dilemma (Oxford University Press, 2017). This talk is delivered in his personal capacity and not as an official of the US Government.

April 15 Event Information

School of Public and International Afffairs Margolis Lecture
April 15, 2022
1:25 – 3pm (EST)
Tangeman University Center Theater 

The first Margolis Lecture for the School of Public and International Affairs, Dr. Karen Mossberger, is the the Frank and June Sackton Professor in the School of Public Affairs in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University. She is the director of the Center on Technology, Data and Society and also a senior sustainability scholar with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Her research interests include local governance, urban policy, digital inequality, evaluation of broadband programs and digital government. 

Karen Mossberger
Digital Citizenship at the Crossroads:  Inequality and Opportunity

Dr. Karen Mossberger's research includes a National Science Foundation-sponsored repository for broadband data (in collaboration with the University of Iowa) and the evaluation of the Smart Communities Program, a digital inclusion initiative in nine Chicago neighborhoods. She is working on an edited volume on the evaluation of the policy impacts of broadband. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Smith Richardson Foundation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Chicago Community Trust, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, among others. She has served as president of the American Political Science Association's Urban Politics section and Information and Technology Politics section, chair of the International Political Science Association's research committee on Electronic Democracy and was elected a fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration in 2016.