Preparing Leaders

GSPIA provides the educational requirements and advanced studies to help students gain entry into careers throughout the U.S. and around the world. View a list of careers of GSPIA alumni.

Centers, Institutes and Initiatives

Gender Inequality Research Lab (GIRL) The Gender Inequality Research Lab (GIRL) is a new interdisciplinary research forum for scholars and practitioners to collaborate on policy-relevant research on gender inequality. GIRL was founded to bring together faculty, students, and staff who are interested in gender inequality around the world and to serve as an umbrella for related research at Pitt.

Shale Gas Governance Center - The mission of the Shale Gas Governance Center is to promote research, teaching and outreach on the governance issues posed in Pennsylvania, the United States and around the world by the emergence of the “shale gas revolution.

Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum – is a continuation of the legacy of Frances Hesselbein and reflects the vision of a university-based center for teaching, applied research, and public service where leaders and aspiring leaders from around the world can gather to advance the art and science of leadership and put these principles to practice in public service.

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies – educates the next generation of security analysts and produces scholarship and impartial analysis that informs the options available to policymakers who must confront diverse challenges to international and human security on a global scale. 

The Ford Institute for Human Security – conducts research that focuses on a series of transnational threats to the human rights of civilian populations and makes independent research and policy papers available to both domestic and international policymakers.
The Center for Metropolitan Studies – connects the academic programs at GSPIA with state and local governments, federal agencies, regional governance institutions, and nonprofit organizations in the United States to address real time problems they are confronting.

Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership – reaffirms GSPIA's commitment to creating ethical leaders and provides an institutional platform from which to launch an innovative program of teaching, research, and public service on issues of ethics and accountability in all areas of public life.

Center for Disaster Management – provides a school-wide locus to support research, education, and training projects that focus on extreme events. The goal of the Center is to develop a coherent approach for research and analysis on policy issues related to disaster risk reduction and management that cross interorganizational, interdisciplinary, and interjurisdictional boundaries.

The Roscoe Robinson Jr. Memorial Lecture Series – promotes discussion and understanding of key issues related to diversity in public service. The series features one lecture per year in honor of the late Roscoe Robinson Jr, the first African American, U.S. Army four-star general.

The Philanthropy Forum – provides a university-based platform for national dialogue with leading thinkers and practitioners in the field of philanthropy and engages in significant research on the history and contemporary contributions of philanthropy to our local, national, and global communities.

The Symposium on Political Violence is a joint undertaking sponsored by the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), the Department of Political Science, and the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. The Symposium provides a forum both for external scholars and for faculty and graduate students in GSPIA and the Department of Political Science at Pitt to present their research on political violence.

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