Did you know APSIA brings together admissions & career directors from across the globe?
That's right! Each summer we host an annual conference for the career and admissions directors of our member schools.  This is an invaluable opportunity for them to connect, exchange best practices, and learn about ways we can improve the APSIA community.    image: directors' dicussion during a breakout session.

APSIA in Brazil
In early September, a group of APSIA admissions representatives lead by our executive director Leigh Morris Sloane, conducted an outreach trip to Brazil.  Over four days they met with university administrators, educators,   alumni, and of course, prospective students.  Click here to learn more about their visit.

What happened over the summer? 

Schools & Programs 

Sanford School of Public Policy Announces Dean Search
The Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University is seeking a highly respected public policy intellectual and dynamic leader to serve as Dean. The Sanford School is home to more than 60 faculty members and 700 students enrolled at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels. The faculty are internationally renowned for their research and practical experience, while the students are among the next generation of public policy leaders. Learn more 

New Fudan University and University of California Center to be Located at IR/PS
Fudan University in Shanghai, China is partnering with the University of California to establish a Fudan-UC center to foster academic exchange and collaborative research on China. The center, a first-of-its-kind internationalization initiative made by a major Chinese university, will be located on the campus of the University of California, San Diego, and hosted by the campus’ School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS). The center will work closely with IR/PS’s 21st Century China Program, which serves as an international hub for policy-relevant research and for interactive and scholarly engagement with China.Read more.

The Graduate Institute Offers New Online Course on the Global Economic Crisis
 As the financial and economic crisis continues to affect the world, seize an opportunity to grasp its causes and outcomes. Through a policy-oriented approach, participants will gain critical knowledge to understand the current global crisis and future trends. Learn more.

Hertie School Joins Network of Leading International Public Policy Schools
“For the Hertie School, an institution that is yet to turn ten, the inclusion in the Global Public Policy Network is a great honour and simultaneously an affirmation of the course we are on. We look forward to giving the GPPN’s work in the fields of governance research, the development of new teaching methods and Executive Education a global impulse through the Network,” said Helmut K. Anheier, Dean of the Hertie School. Read more.

Elliott School Receives More than $850,000 in Research Awards from Major Funders 
The Elliott School of International Affairs is having a successful start to the 2012-13 academic year. Already the school has received two grants totaling more than $850,000 for the research efforts of our faculty.  Read more

The Graduate Institute Summer Program on International Affairs and Multilateral Governance  
The program has a strong focus on international institutions. In addition to Graduate Institute faculty members, lecturers include more than 30 accomplished practitioners from international and non-governmental organizations. Participants go on numerous visits to international organizations, taking advantage of the Institute’s location in Geneva, a city of global governance.  

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Faculty & Events 

"Lovenomics" Power Couple Joins University of Michigan Ford School Faculty
Highly regarded economists Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers have joined the Ford School of Public Policy faculty. Stevenson and Wolfers have received national attention for their respective research and as a celebrity couple of their field. Last February, The New York Times profiled Wolfers and Stevenson in an article, "It's the Economy, Honey." The article describes their research on "the economics of coupledom," and includes personal insights, such as their meeting at a party while attending Harvard and their proclivity for Twitter. (Follow @JustinWolfers and @BetseyStevensonRead more

Andrew Natsios Appointed Executive Professor at the Bush School
The former USAID administrator will be at Texas A&M for the 2012-2013 year.  From 2001-2006, Natsios managed reconstruction programs in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Sudan. He also served as US Special Envoy to Sudan in 2006-2007.  “I am delighted that Andrew will share his extensive government, nonprofit, and private sector experiences and knowledge with our students,” said Acting Bush School Dean Andrew Card. Read more

SIS Dean Emeritus Receives Honorary Diploma from Inter-American Defense College
On June 21, Louis W. Goodman, former dean of American University's School of International Service, was recognized for his efforts to modernize the College. Rear Admiral Jeffrey A. Lemmons, director of the Inter-American Defense College, remarked, "Today we are committed to a path of academic excellence that he inspired more than 10 years ago. Therefore, in accordance with our governing regulatory provisions, and with sincere gratitude, we recognize his support by bestowing upon him the Honoris Causa Diploma from the Inter-American Defense College." Read more.

Unpacking Challenges Facing the Next U.S. President: The Presidential Inbox: 2013
George Washington University Professor Stephen Biddle discusses the road ahead in Afghanistan in the first video of the Presidential Inbox: 2013 series. 
The wave of unrest sweeping the Middle East has made foreign policy an unexpectedly hot topic in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. GWU Elliott School of International Affairs faculty experts are joining the conversation through a new video series titled “The Presidential Inbox: 2013.” Housed on the Elliott School Web Video Initiative (WVI), these short interviews showcase the expertise of our faculty members on issues ranging from the war in Afghanistan to the U.S.-China relationship. Stay tuned for a new interview each week at

In Search of Free and Fair Elections
Judith Kelley, Kevin D. Gorter Associate Professor of Public Policy at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, wondered why some countries invite election monitoring organizations, when candidates clearly intend to cheat. Are foreign election monitors accurate and objective? Most important, do they actually improve the quality of elections?  She spent six years researching the growth of international election monitoring for her book “Monitoring Democracy: When International Election Observation Works, and Why It Often Fails." Read more  or Watch a brief video.

Columbia|SIPA Names New Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
Miguel Urquiola, an associate professor at Columbia|SIPA and in Columbia’s Department of Economics, has been named vice dean for academic affairs. Read more

Very busy Summer for Graduate Institute Faculty
Not only did the Graduate Institute’s students take advantage of the break in classes to further their careers, but the faculty members also tackled numerous interesting projects during the summer months. Read more

Jackson Named Top 20 International Relations Scholar
American University School of Internationational Service Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education Patrick Thaddeus Jackson was named one of the top 20 “most interesting” scholars in international affairs today by participants in the Teaching, Research and International Policy (TRIP) project based at the College of William and Mary.  Read more.

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Students & Alumni

Students Make Research Trip to North Korea 
In May, 15 graduate students at Columbia SIPA traveled to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, one of the world’s most authoritarian regimes. The student-initiated research trip is believed to be the first undertaken with the support of an American university. Read more
(photo: Tae Young Kim (right), a SIPA student of South Korean descent, with the team’s North Korean guide in a symbolic gesture at the Reunification Monument near Pyongyang)

LBJ School Students Share Their Experiences as Summer Interns 
The 2012 edition of the Thinkers and Doers Summer Internship Blog launched with ten LBJ student bloggers focusing on policy issues for a variety of governmental, non-governmental and non-profit organizations around the world. From domestic criminal justice policy issues in Texas, to issues of poverty and outreach in Guatemala, these student interns shared their stories as they develop the skills to become change agents in the world of public affairs. Check out their work here.  LBJ students also wrote about summer experiences in the recent internship edition of the student-run LBJ Journal.  

Tweetocracy: How and Why Congress Uses Social Media
For more than a year, LBJ School Professor Sherri Greenberg and 17 of her students researched how Congressmen use social media, its policy implications, and best practices.  To their surprise, elected officials generally use social media not to campaign, but to stake out positions on issues. Their research, funded by the Library of Congress, will be shared with Congress as they try to use new media as effectively as possible. Read more.

Maturu: Making clothes, making a difference 
Two things about which Nina Maturu (University of Michigan Ford School MPP/MBA '13) is passionate? Economic development and sewing—so much so that she combined them in a social enterprise she's named Maturu. "There doesn't have to be a trade-off between fashion and socially conscious production," Nina observes. And when she discusses the underlying goals of the business—which seeks a sustainable economic model for making fashionable clothes while teaching job skills and providing work for chronically unemployed women—Nina's enthusiasm and commitment are palpable. Read more

IR/PS Student Interns: Sarah Oliver (MPIA ’13)
This summer IR/PS students could be found worldwide participating in enriching internships. Sarah interned in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with the U.S. Department of State’s Consulate General. “As an intern my main duties are writing and editing content for the Consulate's website, and drafting speeches for the Consul General and other Consular officials. I am also responsible for giving presentations at the American Center, which is the part of the consulate open to the Vietnamese public and planning activities with the Center's English Clubs.” Sarah was one of more than 100 IR/PS students interning this summer. View photos from internships around the world here.
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