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         WASHINGTON SEMESTER IN GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT

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        WASHINGTON SEMESTER IN GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT

GIA’S WASHINGTON SEMESTER IN GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT

Explore a semester in Washington DC
Experience the nation’s capital while furthering your studies
Engage with the global and national policy making world

Washington, D.C. is at the center of global affairs. It is home to government agencies, many of the world’s leading think-tanks, numerous international organizations and a range of non-governmental organizations. Here, the most significant policy decisions are debated and made, holding both domestic and international importance.

The Washington Semester in Global Engagement is a unique 15 credit program open to all Virginia Tech majors. The Washington Semester consists of a combination of courses on global affairs, internships opportunities, workshops, seminars and networking opportunities with DC professionals and policy makers. It offers students the opportunity to experience policy-making firsthand, and explore the wealth of political and cultural opportunities available in Washington D.C area.

Stay on track for graduation whilst obtaining skills which will help your career opportunities in virtually any sphere.

– Open for sophomores (by year not credit), Juniors and Seniors in all majors

– Minimum 3.00 GPA.

– Housing is available in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

The Washington Semester in Global Engagement is a competitive program.  Numbers are limited to 12 participants. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to early applications.  Apply early to avoid disappointment.

Application Deadlines:
Fall 2017: The final deadline to apply is Friday May 5, 2017.

Applications for Spring 2018 will be accepted: March 27- May 5, 2017 and September 4 – October 9, 2017.

Further inquires contact: Director, Washington Semester in Global Engagement: email washsemester@vt.edu

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

Students take two taught courses (6 credits) and 9 credit hours of an internship or externship program. 

Students interested in applying to the Washington Semester in Global Engagement should enroll in the following courses for Fall 2017:

IS/PSCI 3624: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy

IS/PSCI 4984: Diplomacy Lab

IS/PSCI 4754: Internship (*3)  {students enrolled in Public Affairs and Urban Affairs major should  register for SPIA 4964}

Note: Political Science and International Studies Majors: Only 6 Internship credit hours can be applied towards your major – and additional 3 credit can count towards your overall number credits for graduation. It is important that you consult with adviser about the number of internship credit hours before registering.

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (6-9 CREDITS)

The Internship program offers students the chance to engage in the policy making world and gain valuable work experience. It comprises working 30-40 hours/week at a government agency/research institute/think-tank/NGO in the Washington D.C. area. (The minimum requirement for academic credit is at least 20 hours per week).

Upon selection into the Washington Semester Program, each participant will work with the Washington Semester Internship coordinators to determine the best course(s) of action to obtain an internship. Students will receive an “internship Guide” which will offer a variety of internship options, and in some cases, will refer students to potential internship sites, as well as advise on how to apply to internships in the Washington D.C. area. While the internship coordinators help students determine internship opportunities, the Washington Semester does not guarantee placement in an internship. Students determine the internship opportunity they would like based on their personal, political, academic, or career interests and take the necessary steps to apply to the various institutes offering internship opportunities for Fall 2017.

In order to participate in the Washington Semester Program, the internship must meet specific guidelines outlined by the program and be approved by the Washington Semester Director, so as to insure the student has a substantive experience.

EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM (6-9 CREDITS)

As an alternative to the internship program, students can sign up for the externship program (*students should register for IS/PSCI 4754 – students who fail to secure an internship will be automatically enrolled in the externship program)

The externship program is a guided 12 week program whereby students will experience and learn firsthand about the policy making world in Washington D.C.  Students will inter alia:  attend Congressional hearings on various international topics, attend lectures at the State Department, meet with diplomats and security officials, participate in conferences and lectures at leading think-tanks, meet with representative of international NGOs, and learn to write policy briefs.

Full details of the Fall 2017 externship program will be posted on the website at the start of the Fall semester.

HOUSING

The Gallery in Old Town Alexandria is Virginia Tech’s housing option for students participating in the Washington semester program. The Gallery is located one half block from the Prince Street VT campus where classes are held, and a 10-minute walk from the King Street Metro Station. The majority of units (apartments) consist of a living/dining room, a kitchen, a bedroom, and bath, and are expected to hold two students. The units are furnished with beds, dresser, sofa, coffee table, end tables, and a dining room table & chairs.

On acceptance to the program, students will receive information on how to apply for housing in the Gallery.  Students are free to make their own housing arrangements.

APPLICATION DETAILS

Acceptance to the Washington Semester in Global Engagement is based on academic performance, potential for successful participation, and motivation.

Along with the application form, you need to provide: i) an up-to-date resume; ii) a copy of your current transcript; iii) a statement of interest; and iv) the names and contact details of two academic referees.

Statement of Interest: On a separate sheet, type a statement of approximately 500 max words. How does the Washington Semester on Global Engagement relate to your present academic program and professional goals? Also, describe the personal benefits you expect to receive from the program.

Academic Referees (include references contact information on the application form)
All applicants are required to have faculty members with whom they have taken a course serve as a reference.  Please select someone who is familiar with your academic work and plan of study.  You will need to identify your referees the application form and provide their email address. We will contact them to complete a short form electronically. You do not need to request any forms or letters from them, but you must ask them if they are willing to serve as a reference for you before you include their contact information in your application.

The Washington Semester in Global Engagement is highly competitive.  The program is limited to 12 students. Applications wll be processed on a rolling basis i.e. as soon as they received.  Early applications will receive preference.  Apply early so as to avoid any disappointment.

Applications must include the following:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Copy of your current Transcript
  • Copy of your current Resume
  • Statement (500 words max) addressing:
    • How does the Washington Semester on Global Engagement relate to your present academic program and professional goals?
    • Describe the personal benefits you expect to receive from the program and how you will incorporate this program into your future goals.
    • Please include any additional information that may be useful in evaluating your application.

Application Deadlines:

Fall 2017: The final deadline to apply is: Friday, May 5, 2017.
Applications for Spring 2018 will be accepted: March 27- May 5, 2017 and September 4 – October 9, 2017.
(Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Preferences will be given to early applications.)

Please submit the application online or return the completed application and attachments to: Chris Price, International Studies, Room 119 and/or Political Science, Room 531, Major Williams Hall (0130), 220 Stanger St. or Chris LaPlante, 205 Architecture Annex (0113), Otey St., Blacksburg, VA 24061

For further inquiries email: washsemester@vt.edu

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GIA DEGREES, CERTIFICATES, & SPECIAL PROGRAMS

The Master’s in Public and International Affairs (MPIA) draws from across the fields of political science, international relations, geography, history, sociology, and economics to understand the impacts and evolving challenges of globalization on international, national, and local politics.

The program focuses on the governance of political, economic, social, and environmental security and risks at the global level. Courses include:

  • contemporary American foreign policy,
  • conflict resolution,
  • global security,
  • international development,
  • global political economy,
  • global social policy, and
  • environmental politics.

The regional politics of the Middle East, post-Soviet Eurasia, and Latin America are analyzed in particular.

The program can be can be taken on a full-time or a part-time basis.  There is also an option for studying abroad for a semester.

Graduates go on to work for the federal, state, and local governments, military and intelligence agencies, a variety of nonprofits and NGOs, as well as private sector consulting and management.

The Ph.D. in Planning, Governance, and Globalization (PGG) draws together insights from the social sciences and humanities in order to study governance processes at all levels of society and international affairs.

The PGG program, managed by Government and International Affairs, offers a unique environment in which faculty and students work closely together to build a research-based program in which students use an interdisciplinary framework to leverage their professional experiences when exploring scholarly puzzles.

Possible research areas include:

  • US foreign policy,
  • new global security threats,
  • conflict resolution,
  • studies in critical geopolitics,
  • global social policy,
  • global political economy,
  • international development challenges and institutions,
  • social movements and
  • political systems.

Faculty expertise covers the regional politics of the Middle East, post-Soviet Eurasia, and Latin America.

Many of our PGG students are professionals working in the Washington D.C area working in research positions and a range of nonprofit/NGO, public and private organizations at national and international levels.

The certificate focuses on the politics, society, and history of the peoples of North Africa, Southwestern Asia, Asia Minor, and the Arabian Peninsula, related borderlands and island groups, and including emigrant and immigrant groups.

It addresses the causes and consequences of conflict in the region, the impact of external interventions, including colonialism, and the drivers of political and social change.

Requirements
Total Number of Credit Hours: 9 credit hours.
Transfer credits are not permitted.

Students will choose three courses:

GIA 5314 Middle East Geopolitics (3 credits)

GIA/PSCI 5614 (HIST 5544) Understanding the Israeli Palestinian Conflict (3 credits)

ASPT 5134 Islamic Political Thought (3 credits)

ASPT/HIST/RLCL 6124 (PSCI 6234) Pre-Modern Christian and Islamic Political Theory (3 credits)

Another 5000-level or 6000-level course subject to approval by the certificate candidate’s advisor

Applications for the Graduate Certificate in Security Studies will be considered from students enrolled in a graduate degree program at Virginia Tech and from non-degree and Commonwealth Campus students who have been permitted to take courses by the Graduate School. Certificates will be awarded upon completion of twelve credits (4 courses) and application for the certificate and application for certificate conferral once course requirements have been completed.

Course Requirements

Completion of a total of twelve credit hours; 6 credits in required courses and 6 elective hours. Students must receive a grade of B or better in each course.
(Note: Students will not be allowed to retake a course for a better grade if they receive below a B.)

Required courses:
PSCI/GIA 5444 – International Politics
PSCI/GIA5484 – Contemporary American Foreign Policy

In addition, students must complete at least 6 credit hours from the following:

PSCI 5324 – Executive Branch
PSCI 5464 – Critical Security Studies
PSCI/GIA 5474 – Global Governance
PSCI/GIA5514 – Global Security
PSCI/GIA 5524 – U.S. Foreign Policy after 9/11
PSCI/GIA 5534 – Regionalism and Political Developments

The Certificate represents the socio-economic track in Government and International Affairs program in the Northern Capital Regions (Alexandria). It features courses that cover: global social policy, inequality international development, global political economy, and transnational social movements.

While GIA offers a variety of courses in global politics that relate to human and national security in a realm of threat or conflict, the new certificate broadens these understandings, conceiving security also as a: global social policy concept/commitment, economic goal, and financial representation.

Requirements
Total Number of Credit Hours: 12 credit hours. All courses graded A-F and 5000 or higher. Transfer credits are not permitted.

Four courses must be selected from the courses listed below:

GIA/PAPA 5034 Global Political Economy (formerly, Democratic Governance of the Economy) (3 credits)

GIA/UAP 5274 Comparative Social Movements (3 credits)

GIA 5434 Politics of Developing Areas (3 credits)

GIA/UAP 5524 International Development (3 credits)

GIA 5654 Global Social Policy (3 credits)

GIA 5474 Global Governance (3 credits)

Washington, D.C. is at the center of global affairs. It is home to government agencies, many of the world’s leading think-tanks, numerous international organizations and a range of non-governmental organizations. Here, the most significant policy decisions are debated and made, holding both domestic and international importance.
The Washington Semester in Global Engagement is a unique 15 credit program open to all Virginia Tech majors. The Washington Semester consists of a combination of courses on global affairs, internships opportunities, workshops, seminars and networking opportunities with DC professionals and policy makers. It offers students the opportunity to experience policy-making firsthand, and explore the wealth of political and cultural opportunities available in Washington D.C area.
Stay on track for graduation whilst obtaining skills which will help your career opportunities in virtually any sphere.
– Open for sophomores (by year not credit), Juniors and Seniors in all majors
– Minimum 3.00 GPA.
– Housing is available in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Students in the MPIA program can spend a semester studying in:

This semester abroad can count up for four courses towards the completion of the degree. In exceptional circumstances and with permission, students may spend a year overseas and take five courses. Students need to have completed 9 credits and have their plan of study abroad approved prior to going abroad.

For further details: giastudyabroad@vt.edu

Virginia Tech and University of Kent, Brussels have partnered in creating a unique, time efficient graduate program for students to study international relations in a Euro-Atlantic context. Two Capitals, Two Masters is a new and innovative double Master’s program, designed to offer students the opportunity to study, train, and network in two major centers of political activity, Washington D.C. and Brussels. It allows students to earn two graduate degrees – an appealing feature in the job market – in half the time, and for half the cost of a typical graduate degree in the United States, making it a cost and time-effective alternative to existing graduate programs in international affairs.

The program consists of the following:

  1. One year of study at Virginia Tech, National Capital Region (VT-NCR): Students enroll in the Master’s in Public and International Affairs (MPIA).
  2. One year of study at the University of Kent, Brussels (UKB): Students select an MA from the following specializations: international relations, international conflict and security, international political economy, European public policy, or international development.
  3. At the end of two years, students earn an MA from UKB, and an MPIA from VT.

For further details: Dr. Georgeta Pourchot, Director, Two Capitals, Two Masters Program: georgeta@vt.edu

CURRENT MPIA STUDENTS

Dawn Cutler

I got my undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in 2015 studying Political Science with a focus in National Security. I then became one of the first students to attend the University of Kent in Brussels under Virginia Tech’s new Two Capitals, Two Master’s program. I returned from Belgium, completing my first degree with the submission of my Dissertation on International Democracy Promotion. I am now completing the second part of the Two Capitals Program, attending Virginia Tech in Alexandria and planning to finish my MPIA in May of 2017. My research interests include the Security Studies and the Middle East as well as more practical concepts such as human rights and refugee law, refugee resettlement and asylum procedures and humanitarian action.

Dawn Cutler

Fernanda Beirao

I received my Bachelor of Law degree from the Federal University of Paraná, in Curitiba, Brazil, and practiced at an international arbitration and contracts law firm. I received my LL.M from Georgetown University Law Center in 2016, focusing on international environmental law. I worked as an intern at the Georgetown Climate Center, The Nature Conservancy and the Humane Society of the United States. My research interests are on climate change policy and international development, especially within small island developing states.

Fernanda Beirao

Josh Miller

The MPIA program has changed the way I approach critical problem sets in my daily work as a National Security consultant.  The academic theory with which students wrestle in the classroom both enlightens and enables, which has allowed me to think strategically and analyze geopolitical issues on a deeper level.  The reading, writing, discussion, and interaction with professors of the highest caliber have all contributed greatly to daily successes both in the classroom and in the workplace.

Josh Miller

CURRENT PGG-GG STUDENTS

Putu Desy Apriliani putuda8@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Nada Berrada nada1@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisors: Professor Max Stephenson and Dr. Patricia Nickel

Carmen Boggs-Parker cabooker@vt.edu
Intercultural Learning in Cross-cultural Contexts
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Ashleigh Breske aslilly@vt.edu
Governance of Repatriation, Cultural Property in Politically Unstable Regions
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Luis Camacho lcamacho@vt.edu
Economic Development, Sociology of Work, Innovation and Technology in Workplaces, Participatory Management Practices, Dignity at Work
Primary Advisor: Dr. Joyce Rothschild

Martin Cho martinhc@vt.edu
Geopolitics and Development of Energy Resources
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ariel Ahram

Carl Ciovacco carl7@vt.edu
International Relations and Global Security
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Ben Coleman bencoleman@vt.edu
International Political Economy, Macroeconomics, Finance, Central Banking, Economic History
Primary Advisor:  Dr. Giselle Datz

Lindy Cranwell lindycra@vt.edu
International Education, Higher Education, Faculty Engagement in Comprehensive Internationalization, University Student Global Mobility
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Jonathan Elliott jtelliott@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Simone Franzi franzisimone@vt.edu
Global Political Economy, The Politics and Geography of Trade Agreements
Primary Advisor: Dr. David Bieri

Rachel Gabriele rachelvg@vt.edu
Collaborative Governance in Revitalizing Cities
Primary Advisors: Professor Max Stephenson and Dr. Maggie Cowell

Jen Gooding jgooding@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Ben Grove ben.grove@vt.edu
Leadership of NGOs
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Terken Gupur terken@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke and Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis

Helen Horton helenuva@yahoo.com
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Jim Bohland

Pishtiwan Jalal pishti1@vt.edu
Terrorism, Islamic Radicalism, Political Islam, Democracy and the Kurdish Issue
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Marc Jasper marcwj62@vt.edu
Nationalism; US Military Intervention; Balkans, Caucasus & Middle East Conflict & Area Studies: Peace Operations & Low-intensity Conflict; Conflict Resolution
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Craig Johnson cjohn5x@vt.edu
Post-Cold War Nuclear Security Regimes
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Adna Karamehic akara@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Joseph Karle karle1jb@vt.edu
Analyzing US nation building efforts in the Middle East since 9/11, particularly the way interactions between US personnel and local leaders (governmental and military) impact the development of governance and security structures
Primary Advisor:  Professor Joel Peters

Jared “Jake” Keyel jaredk1@vt.edu
Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Critical Theory
Primary Advisors: Dr. Patricia Nickel and Professor Tim Luke

Maksym Kolos mkolos@ukr.net
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Gregory Kruczek kruczek1@vt.edu
Lebanon/Syia; Lebanese Civil War; Nationalism studies, Modern Levantine History
Primary Advisors: Dr. Ariel Ahram and Professor Joel Peters

Walter “Rick” Landgraf wfland3@vt.edu
DeFacto States; Ethnic Conflicts; Russian Foreign Policy; NATO-Russia Relations; Visual Geopolitics
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Benjamin Louis bflouis@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professors Joyce Rothschild and Edward Weisband

Sarah Lyon-Hill sarahlh@vt.edu
Theater Arts and Community Economic Development
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Julian R. Meade julian67@vt.edu
Geopolitics of the Arctic Region
Primary Advisor:  Professor Joel Peters

Tiernan Mennen tiernkm@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke and Dr. Giselle Datz

Gela Merabishvili gm88@vt.edu
How sub-state actors, such as cities and regions, influence international politics; the EU, particularly its foreign and security policy, Russia, and the countries in their shared neighborhood
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Allison D. Miller ahern09@vt.edu
Community Cohesion and Countering Violent Extremism: An Ethnographic Analysis of Selected Global Communities
Primary Advisors:  Professor Tim Luke and Dr. Priya Dixit

Gabriel Mitchell gabim14@vt.edu
Regionalism, majority-minority politics, and the formation of state foreign policy. His dissertation explores the relationship between energy policy and foreign policy in Israel and the Eastern Mediterranean
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Brett R. Netto brettn76@vt.edu
Dissertation Title: Russia as a Great Power: An English School Approach to Yeltsin’s Presidency (1991-200)
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis

Sulayman Njie sauln@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Eric Reading ereading@vt.edu
Political Transitions, International Development, Middle East
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Alana Romanella aromanel@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Kevin Rosier kjrosier@vt.edu
International political economy, macroeconomics, and international development
Primary Advisor: Dr. Giselle Datz

Jeanette Ruiz ruizjr@vt.edu
Understanding How Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) Impact and Empower Informal Networks as these Networks Develop Tools for Re-shaping Economies, Polities, and International Relations
Primary Advisor: Dr. Giselle Datz

Kevin Saderup kevin57@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ariel Ahram

Hamza Safouane hsafouan@vt.edu
Migration and Migratory Journey Narratives, Apparatus of Capture of Mobility in the EU and Tactics of Escape
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Dallas Shaw dallas69@vt.edu
U.S. Military Interventions in Counterinsurgencies: Military Governance Versus Military Assistance to Governance
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ariel Ahram

Ethan Tabor etabor6@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Giselle Datz

John Terpinas terp@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Donald Tighe donaldvt@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Lacy Watson elw3@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Michael Wiener mtwiener@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Khodr Zaarour kaazrour@vt.edu
Intl Relations, US Foreign & Security Policy, emphasis: transnational crime & contentious politics in the Greater Middle East
Primary Advisors: Professor Karen Hult and Professor Joyce Rothschild

Xiaochen Zhang zxc@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

MPIA ALUMNI

Alterra Hetzel (Class of 2011)

For me, the MPIA program was a win-win-win. I completed the program at Virginia Tech’s Alexandria location. The program provided highly relevant content that offered both a foundation in theory and marketable skills in my field. The high caliber of both the faculty and my fellow students ensured relevant and real-world learning — and those relationships continue to have an important and lasting impact on my life. Career-wise, since the completion of the VT MPIA program, both my title and compensation have doubled.

Alterra Hetzel

Avi Arditti

I appreciate the breadth and currency that the MPIA program offered in areas ranging from governance and global security to geopolitics and political economy. As someone who took on a new career opportunity in homeland security while completing the program, having previously worked in public diplomacy, I can say that the knowledge I gained has been extremely applicable to both fields. I enjoyed studying alongside other government, military, and industry professionals, as well as the added benefits of Metro-accessible evening classes and in-state tuition.

Avi Arditti

Christopher Craddock

My desire was to attend a graduate program filled with students who have real-world experience in public policy, international affairs, and conflict resolution.  The Virginia Tech MPIA program in the National Capital Region provided me with this opportunity.  During my time in the program, I participated in thoughtful and enlightening discussions in a classroom setting with my professors, members of the military, mid and senior-level federal and state employees, and members of private industry.  Through this interaction, I was able to apply real-life lessons to theoretical topics assigned by the MPIA faculty.  As a result, I have been able to build a toolkit of successful examples to utilize in my professional life that augment critical thinking and writing skills honed through coursework.

Christopher Craddock

Ethan Tabor (Class of 2009)

The MPIA program at Virginia Tech in Alexandria provided me with the critical, analytical, and communication skills necessary to excel as a government public affairs professional at various locations in the United States and around the world. In addition to the hard-earned benefits of the program’s academic rigor, I will always be grateful for the outstanding networking opportunities and real-world perspectives shared by the professors and students from diverse backgrounds in academia, the military, government, and civil society.

Ethan Tabor

Mike Young

Mike graduated with an MPIA in 2015 with a focus in Governance and Global Security. Mike has works as a Major, Intelligence Offier and Foreign Area Officer specializing in the Middle East for the United States Marine Corps. In the past he worked as a Government Civilian at the Department of Defense. About his Experience Mike says: “My SPIA education made me increasingly competitive for more senior Department of Defense positions within both the military and civilian sectors, and complemented my current trajectory within the foreign policy/defense/international affairs realm.  Furthermore, the degree and expertise garnered through the program enabled eligibility for the Marine Corps Foreign Area Officer program.  Throughout my tenure at VT, I was consistently impressed by the caliber of instruction offered through this program which is a testament to the professionalism and quality of the university staff.  This program substantially enhanced my critical thinking skills and broadened my aperture beyond exclusive security themes, incorporating economic, political, and international governance tenets. In light of my immensely positive experience in this program, I hope to continue my studies at VT in pursuit of a PhD.”

Mike Young

Sharon Grey

The Virginia Tech Master’s in Public and International Affairs (MPIA) program in Old Town Alexandria provided the flexibility I needed to complete my advanced degree.  As a busy professional, this program had the capacity to absorb the demands of my schedule.  There were moments when I struggled with the program, but they were short-lived, thanks to the willingness of my professors to accommodate one on one discussions, which furthered my understanding of the subject matter and alleviated my concerns.  The program enhanced my critical analysis skills and increased my capacity to apply viable research methods to problem solving, which are invaluable assets in any profession.  I would recommend this program to anyone, seeking to balance family and work responsibilities while furthering his or her education.

Sharon Grey

PGG-GG ALUMNI

Maurice Binioube Aleyao aleyb06@vt.edu
An Investigation of NGO-Government Partnerships for Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS and Malaria in the Maritime Region of Togo
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Don Back dback@vt.edu
Neoliberalism, Academic Capitalism and Higher Education in Developing Countries
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Beth Beck bethbeck@vt.edu
“The Spark that Ignites the Creative Idea: An Examination of the Group Practice of LAUNCH
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Emily Barry-Murphy emilybar@vt.edu
Democratizing the Refugee Regime Complex
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

David Belt beltdavid@gmail.com
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Arnold C. Dupuy acdupuy@vt.edu
Patterns of Regionalism and Security: Energy as a Transformational Influence in the Black Sea Area.
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Heba F. El-Shazli heba@vt.edu
Political Role of Labor Movements in the MENA Region Contributing to the Arab Spring
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Anna Erwin erwinae@vt.edu
Food Systems, Participatory Democracy, Social Justice
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Sonya Finley sonyalf@vt.edu
U.S. Foreign Policy, Public Diplomacy/Psychological Warfare, Defense Strategy
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Stefanie Georgakis Abbott stefieg@vt.edu
Critical International Relations Theory, European Union Politics, Border Studies, Immigration
Primary Advisors: Professor Tim Luke and Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis

Eric Hodges ebhodges@usf.edu
Democratic Theory, Civic Engagement, Military Veterans, Moral Philosophy, and Cosmopolitanism
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Emily Howard Ray Emily.Ray@sonoma.edu
Environmental political theory and environmental politics, with particular interest in land-use conflicts, social movements, and feminist theory
Primary Advisory: Professor Tim Luke

Mahin Khan mahin@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Sabithulla Khan khanpgg@vt.edu
Philanthropy, Civil Society, Muslim Societies in the U.S and Middle East, Inter-faith Work and Civic Engagement
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Adis Maksic adismax@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

William Bryan Riddle briddle@lmi.org
The Essence of Desperation:  Accounting for Counterinsurgency Doctrines as Solutions to Warfighting Failures in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Nicole Sanderlin npsander@vt.edu
Internationalization of Higher Education, Faculty Engagement, and Strategic Planning
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Adriana Seagle aseagle@vt.edu
The English School, Sub-global Regional Int’l Societies, Intelligence Practices w/in Military Alliances, European Security and Foreign Policies
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis

Michelline Stokes sjmichey@vt.edu
Deindustrialization and Household Survival Strategies, Globalization, and Women and Work
Primary Advisor: Drs. Giselle Datz and Dale Wimberley

Sarah Surak smsurak@salisbury.edu
Dissertation: Bringing in the Garbage: Opening a critical space for vehicle disposal practices
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Courtney Thomas courts.thomas@gmail.com
Political Economy, Food Politics, and Mass Political Violence
Primary Advisor: Professor Edward Weisband

Mark Thorum thorun1@cs.com
Dissertation: Essays in International Financial Governance
Primary Advisor: Professors Tim Luke and Charles Taylor

Bart Yavorosky bartyav@vt.edu
Interest Group Politics, Administrative Rulemaking, Public Policy, Nonprofit Leadership, Volunteer Management, and Fundraising
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

GIA FACULTY & STAFF

GIA’S WASHINGTON SEMESTER IN GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT

Explore a semester in Washington DC
Experience the nation’s capital while furthering your studies
Engage with the global and national policy making world

Washington, D.C. is at the center of global affairs. It is home to government agencies, many of the world’s leading think-tanks, numerous international organizations and a range of non-governmental organizations. Here, the most significant policy decisions are debated and made, holding both domestic and international importance.

The Washington Semester in Global Engagement is a unique 15 credit program open to all Virginia Tech majors. The Washington Semester consists of a combination of courses on global affairs, internships opportunities, workshops, seminars and networking opportunities with DC professionals and policy makers. It offers students the opportunity to experience policy-making firsthand, and explore the wealth of political and cultural opportunities available in Washington D.C area.

Stay on track for graduation whilst obtaining skills which will help your career opportunities in virtually any sphere.

– Open for sophomores (by year not credit), Juniors and Seniors in all majors

– Minimum 3.00 GPA.

– Housing is available in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

The Washington Semester in Global Engagement is a competitive program.  Numbers are limited to 12 participants. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to early applications.  Apply early to avoid disappointment.

Application Deadlines:
Fall 2017: The final deadline to apply is Friday May 5, 2017.

Applications for Spring 2018 will be accepted: March 27- May 5, 2017 and September 4 – October 9, 2017.

Further inquires contact: Director, Washington Semester in Global Engagement: email washsemester@vt.edu

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

Students take two taught courses (6 credits) and 9 credit hours of an internship or externship program. 

Students interested in applying to the Washington Semester in Global Engagement should enroll in the following courses for Fall 2017:

IS/PSCI 3624: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy

IS/PSCI 4984: Diplomacy Lab

IS/PSCI 4754: Internship (*3)  {students enrolled in Public Affairs and Urban Affairs major should  register for SPIA 4964}

Note: Political Science and International Studies Majors: Only 6 Internship credit hours can be applied towards your major – and additional 3 credit can count towards your overall number credits for graduation. It is important that you consult with adviser about the number of internship credit hours before registering.

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (6-9 CREDITS)

The Internship program offers students the chance to engage in the policy making world and gain valuable work experience. It comprises working 30-40 hours/week at a government agency/research institute/think-tank/NGO in the Washington D.C. area. (The minimum requirement for academic credit is at least 20 hours per week).

Upon selection into the Washington Semester Program, each participant will work with the Washington Semester Internship coordinators to determine the best course(s) of action to obtain an internship. Students will receive an “internship Guide” which will offer a variety of internship options, and in some cases, will refer students to potential internship sites, as well as advise on how to apply to internships in the Washington D.C. area. While the internship coordinators help students determine internship opportunities, the Washington Semester does not guarantee placement in an internship. Students determine the internship opportunity they would like based on their personal, political, academic, or career interests and take the necessary steps to apply to the various institutes offering internship opportunities for Fall 2017.

In order to participate in the Washington Semester Program, the internship must meet specific guidelines outlined by the program and be approved by the Washington Semester Director, so as to insure the student has a substantive experience.

EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM (6-9 CREDITS)

As an alternative to the internship program, students can sign up for the externship program (*students should register for IS/PSCI 4754 – students who fail to secure an internship will be automatically enrolled in the externship program)

The externship program is a guided 12 week program whereby students will experience and learn firsthand about the policy making world in Washington D.C.  Students will inter alia:  attend Congressional hearings on various international topics, attend lectures at the State Department, meet with diplomats and security officials, participate in conferences and lectures at leading think-tanks, meet with representative of international NGOs, and learn to write policy briefs.

Full details of the Fall 2017 externship program will be posted on the website at the start of the Fall semester.

HOUSING

The Gallery in Old Town Alexandria is Virginia Tech’s housing option for students participating in the Washington semester program. The Gallery is located one half block from the Prince Street VT campus where classes are held, and a 10-minute walk from the King Street Metro Station. The majority of units (apartments) consist of a living/dining room, a kitchen, a bedroom, and bath, and are expected to hold two students. The units are furnished with beds, dresser, sofa, coffee table, end tables, and a dining room table & chairs.

On acceptance to the program, students will receive information on how to apply for housing in the Gallery.  Students are free to make their own housing arrangements.

APPLICATION DETAILS

Acceptance to the Washington Semester in Global Engagement is based on academic performance, potential for successful participation, and motivation.

Along with the application form, you need to provide: i) an up-to-date resume; ii) a copy of your current transcript; iii) a statement of interest; and iv) the names and contact details of two academic referees.

Statement of Interest: On a separate sheet, type a statement of approximately 500 max words. How does the Washington Semester on Global Engagement relate to your present academic program and professional goals? Also, describe the personal benefits you expect to receive from the program.

Academic Referees (include references contact information on the application form)
All applicants are required to have faculty members with whom they have taken a course serve as a reference.  Please select someone who is familiar with your academic work and plan of study.  You will need to identify your referees the application form and provide their email address. We will contact them to complete a short form electronically. You do not need to request any forms or letters from them, but you must ask them if they are willing to serve as a reference for you before you include their contact information in your application.

The Washington Semester in Global Engagement is highly competitive.  The program is limited to 12 students. Applications wll be processed on a rolling basis i.e. as soon as they received.  Early applications will receive preference.  Apply early so as to avoid any disappointment.

Applications must include the following:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Copy of your current Transcript
  • Copy of your current Resume
  • Statement (500 words max) addressing:
    • How does the Washington Semester on Global Engagement relate to your present academic program and professional goals?
    • Describe the personal benefits you expect to receive from the program and how you will incorporate this program into your future goals.
    • Please include any additional information that may be useful in evaluating your application.

Application Deadlines:

Fall 2017: The final deadline to apply is: Friday, May 5, 2017.
Applications for Spring 2018 will be accepted: March 27- May 5, 2017 and September 4 – October 9, 2017.
(Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Preferences will be given to early applications.)

Please submit the application online or return the completed application and attachments to: Chris Price, International Studies, Room 119 and/or Political Science, Room 531, Major Williams Hall (0130), 220 Stanger St. or Chris LaPlante, 205 Architecture Annex (0113), Otey St., Blacksburg, VA 24061

For further inquiries email: washsemester@vt.edu

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GIA DEGREES, CERTIFICATES, & SPECIAL PROGRAMS

The Master’s in Public and International Affairs (MPIA) draws from across the fields of political science, international relations, geography, history, sociology, and economics to understand the impacts and evolving challenges of globalization on international, national, and local politics.

The program focuses on the governance of political, economic, social, and environmental security and risks at the global level. Courses include:

  • contemporary American foreign policy,
  • conflict resolution,
  • global security,
  • international development,
  • global political economy,
  • global social policy, and
  • environmental politics.

The regional politics of the Middle East, post-Soviet Eurasia, and Latin America are analyzed in particular.

The program can be can be taken on a full-time or a part-time basis.  There is also an option for studying abroad for a semester.

Graduates go on to work for the federal, state, and local governments, military and intelligence agencies, a variety of nonprofits and NGOs, as well as private sector consulting and management.

The Ph.D. in Planning, Governance, and Globalization (PGG) draws together insights from the social sciences and humanities in order to study governance processes at all levels of society and international affairs.

The PGG program, managed by Government and International Affairs, offers a unique environment in which faculty and students work closely together to build a research-based program in which students use an interdisciplinary framework to leverage their professional experiences when exploring scholarly puzzles.

Possible research areas include:

  • US foreign policy,
  • new global security threats,
  • conflict resolution,
  • studies in critical geopolitics,
  • global social policy,
  • global political economy,
  • international development challenges and institutions,
  • social movements and
  • political systems.

Faculty expertise covers the regional politics of the Middle East, post-Soviet Eurasia, and Latin America.

Many of our PGG students are professionals working in the Washington D.C area working in research positions and a range of nonprofit/NGO, public and private organizations at national and international levels.

The certificate focuses on the politics, society, and history of the peoples of North Africa, Southwestern Asia, Asia Minor, and the Arabian Peninsula, related borderlands and island groups, and including emigrant and immigrant groups.

It addresses the causes and consequences of conflict in the region, the impact of external interventions, including colonialism, and the drivers of political and social change.

Requirements
Total Number of Credit Hours: 9 credit hours.
Transfer credits are not permitted.

Students will choose three courses:

GIA 5314 Middle East Geopolitics (3 credits)

GIA/PSCI 5614 (HIST 5544) Understanding the Israeli Palestinian Conflict (3 credits)

ASPT 5134 Islamic Political Thought (3 credits)

ASPT/HIST/RLCL 6124 (PSCI 6234) Pre-Modern Christian and Islamic Political Theory (3 credits)

Another 5000-level or 6000-level course subject to approval by the certificate candidate’s advisor

Applications for the Graduate Certificate in Security Studies will be considered from students enrolled in a graduate degree program at Virginia Tech and from non-degree and Commonwealth Campus students who have been permitted to take courses by the Graduate School. Certificates will be awarded upon completion of twelve credits (4 courses) and application for the certificate and application for certificate conferral once course requirements have been completed.

Course Requirements

Completion of a total of twelve credit hours; 6 credits in required courses and 6 elective hours. Students must receive a grade of B or better in each course.
(Note: Students will not be allowed to retake a course for a better grade if they receive below a B.)

Required courses:
PSCI/GIA 5444 – International Politics
PSCI/GIA5484 – Contemporary American Foreign Policy

In addition, students must complete at least 6 credit hours from the following:

PSCI 5324 – Executive Branch
PSCI 5464 – Critical Security Studies
PSCI/GIA 5474 – Global Governance
PSCI/GIA5514 – Global Security
PSCI/GIA 5524 – U.S. Foreign Policy after 9/11
PSCI/GIA 5534 – Regionalism and Political Developments

The Certificate represents the socio-economic track in Government and International Affairs program in the Northern Capital Regions (Alexandria). It features courses that cover: global social policy, inequality international development, global political economy, and transnational social movements.

While GIA offers a variety of courses in global politics that relate to human and national security in a realm of threat or conflict, the new certificate broadens these understandings, conceiving security also as a: global social policy concept/commitment, economic goal, and financial representation.

Requirements
Total Number of Credit Hours: 12 credit hours. All courses graded A-F and 5000 or higher. Transfer credits are not permitted.

Four courses must be selected from the courses listed below:

GIA/PAPA 5034 Global Political Economy (formerly, Democratic Governance of the Economy) (3 credits)

GIA/UAP 5274 Comparative Social Movements (3 credits)

GIA 5434 Politics of Developing Areas (3 credits)

GIA/UAP 5524 International Development (3 credits)

GIA 5654 Global Social Policy (3 credits)

GIA 5474 Global Governance (3 credits)

Washington, D.C. is at the center of global affairs. It is home to government agencies, many of the world’s leading think-tanks, numerous international organizations and a range of non-governmental organizations. Here, the most significant policy decisions are debated and made, holding both domestic and international importance.
The Washington Semester in Global Engagement is a unique 15 credit program open to all Virginia Tech majors. The Washington Semester consists of a combination of courses on global affairs, internships opportunities, workshops, seminars and networking opportunities with DC professionals and policy makers. It offers students the opportunity to experience policy-making firsthand, and explore the wealth of political and cultural opportunities available in Washington D.C area.
Stay on track for graduation whilst obtaining skills which will help your career opportunities in virtually any sphere.
– Open for sophomores (by year not credit), Juniors and Seniors in all majors
– Minimum 3.00 GPA.
– Housing is available in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Students in the MPIA program can spend a semester studying in:

This semester abroad can count up for four courses towards the completion of the degree. In exceptional circumstances and with permission, students may spend a year overseas and take five courses. Students need to have completed 9 credits and have their plan of study abroad approved prior to going abroad.

For further details: giastudyabroad@vt.edu

Virginia Tech and University of Kent, Brussels have partnered in creating a unique, time efficient graduate program for students to study international relations in a Euro-Atlantic context. Two Capitals, Two Masters is a new and innovative double Master’s program, designed to offer students the opportunity to study, train, and network in two major centers of political activity, Washington D.C. and Brussels. It allows students to earn two graduate degrees – an appealing feature in the job market – in half the time, and for half the cost of a typical graduate degree in the United States, making it a cost and time-effective alternative to existing graduate programs in international affairs.

The program consists of the following:

  1. One year of study at Virginia Tech, National Capital Region (VT-NCR): Students enroll in the Master’s in Public and International Affairs (MPIA).
  2. One year of study at the University of Kent, Brussels (UKB): Students select an MA from the following specializations: international relations, international conflict and security, international political economy, European public policy, or international development.
  3. At the end of two years, students earn an MA from UKB, and an MPIA from VT.

For further details: Dr. Georgeta Pourchot, Director, Two Capitals, Two Masters Program: georgeta@vt.edu

CURRENT MPIA STUDENTS

Dawn Cutler

I got my undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in 2015 studying Political Science with a focus in National Security. I then became one of the first students to attend the University of Kent in Brussels under Virginia Tech’s new Two Capitals, Two Master’s program. I returned from Belgium, completing my first degree with the submission of my Dissertation on International Democracy Promotion. I am now completing the second part of the Two Capitals Program, attending Virginia Tech in Alexandria and planning to finish my MPIA in May of 2017. My research interests include the Security Studies and the Middle East as well as more practical concepts such as human rights and refugee law, refugee resettlement and asylum procedures and humanitarian action.

Dawn Cutler

Fernanda Beirao

I received my Bachelor of Law degree from the Federal University of Paraná, in Curitiba, Brazil, and practiced at an international arbitration and contracts law firm. I received my LL.M from Georgetown University Law Center in 2016, focusing on international environmental law. I worked as an intern at the Georgetown Climate Center, The Nature Conservancy and the Humane Society of the United States. My research interests are on climate change policy and international development, especially within small island developing states.

Fernanda Beirao

Josh Miller

The MPIA program has changed the way I approach critical problem sets in my daily work as a National Security consultant.  The academic theory with which students wrestle in the classroom both enlightens and enables, which has allowed me to think strategically and analyze geopolitical issues on a deeper level.  The reading, writing, discussion, and interaction with professors of the highest caliber have all contributed greatly to daily successes both in the classroom and in the workplace.

Josh Miller

CURRENT PGG-GG STUDENTS

Putu Desy Apriliani putuda8@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Nada Berrada nada1@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisors: Professor Max Stephenson and Dr. Patricia Nickel

Carmen Boggs-Parker cabooker@vt.edu
Intercultural Learning in Cross-cultural Contexts
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Ashleigh Breske aslilly@vt.edu
Governance of Repatriation, Cultural Property in Politically Unstable Regions
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Luis Camacho lcamacho@vt.edu
Economic Development, Sociology of Work, Innovation and Technology in Workplaces, Participatory Management Practices, Dignity at Work
Primary Advisor: Dr. Joyce Rothschild

Martin Cho martinhc@vt.edu
Geopolitics and Development of Energy Resources
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ariel Ahram

Carl Ciovacco carl7@vt.edu
International Relations and Global Security
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Ben Coleman bencoleman@vt.edu
International Political Economy, Macroeconomics, Finance, Central Banking, Economic History
Primary Advisor:  Dr. Giselle Datz

Lindy Cranwell lindycra@vt.edu
International Education, Higher Education, Faculty Engagement in Comprehensive Internationalization, University Student Global Mobility
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Jonathan Elliott jtelliott@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Simone Franzi franzisimone@vt.edu
Global Political Economy, The Politics and Geography of Trade Agreements
Primary Advisor: Dr. David Bieri

Rachel Gabriele rachelvg@vt.edu
Collaborative Governance in Revitalizing Cities
Primary Advisors: Professor Max Stephenson and Dr. Maggie Cowell

Jen Gooding jgooding@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Ben Grove ben.grove@vt.edu
Leadership of NGOs
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Terken Gupur terken@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke and Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis

Helen Horton helenuva@yahoo.com
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Jim Bohland

Pishtiwan Jalal pishti1@vt.edu
Terrorism, Islamic Radicalism, Political Islam, Democracy and the Kurdish Issue
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Marc Jasper marcwj62@vt.edu
Nationalism; US Military Intervention; Balkans, Caucasus & Middle East Conflict & Area Studies: Peace Operations & Low-intensity Conflict; Conflict Resolution
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Craig Johnson cjohn5x@vt.edu
Post-Cold War Nuclear Security Regimes
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Adna Karamehic akara@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Joseph Karle karle1jb@vt.edu
Analyzing US nation building efforts in the Middle East since 9/11, particularly the way interactions between US personnel and local leaders (governmental and military) impact the development of governance and security structures
Primary Advisor:  Professor Joel Peters

Jared “Jake” Keyel jaredk1@vt.edu
Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Critical Theory
Primary Advisors: Dr. Patricia Nickel and Professor Tim Luke

Maksym Kolos mkolos@ukr.net
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Gregory Kruczek kruczek1@vt.edu
Lebanon/Syia; Lebanese Civil War; Nationalism studies, Modern Levantine History
Primary Advisors: Dr. Ariel Ahram and Professor Joel Peters

Walter “Rick” Landgraf wfland3@vt.edu
DeFacto States; Ethnic Conflicts; Russian Foreign Policy; NATO-Russia Relations; Visual Geopolitics
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Benjamin Louis bflouis@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professors Joyce Rothschild and Edward Weisband

Sarah Lyon-Hill sarahlh@vt.edu
Theater Arts and Community Economic Development
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Julian R. Meade julian67@vt.edu
Geopolitics of the Arctic Region
Primary Advisor:  Professor Joel Peters

Tiernan Mennen tiernkm@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke and Dr. Giselle Datz

Gela Merabishvili gm88@vt.edu
How sub-state actors, such as cities and regions, influence international politics; the EU, particularly its foreign and security policy, Russia, and the countries in their shared neighborhood
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Allison D. Miller ahern09@vt.edu
Community Cohesion and Countering Violent Extremism: An Ethnographic Analysis of Selected Global Communities
Primary Advisors:  Professor Tim Luke and Dr. Priya Dixit

Gabriel Mitchell gabim14@vt.edu
Regionalism, majority-minority politics, and the formation of state foreign policy. His dissertation explores the relationship between energy policy and foreign policy in Israel and the Eastern Mediterranean
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Brett R. Netto brettn76@vt.edu
Dissertation Title: Russia as a Great Power: An English School Approach to Yeltsin’s Presidency (1991-200)
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis

Sulayman Njie sauln@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Eric Reading ereading@vt.edu
Political Transitions, International Development, Middle East
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Alana Romanella aromanel@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Kevin Rosier kjrosier@vt.edu
International political economy, macroeconomics, and international development
Primary Advisor: Dr. Giselle Datz

Jeanette Ruiz ruizjr@vt.edu
Understanding How Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) Impact and Empower Informal Networks as these Networks Develop Tools for Re-shaping Economies, Polities, and International Relations
Primary Advisor: Dr. Giselle Datz

Kevin Saderup kevin57@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ariel Ahram

Hamza Safouane hsafouan@vt.edu
Migration and Migratory Journey Narratives, Apparatus of Capture of Mobility in the EU and Tactics of Escape
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Dallas Shaw dallas69@vt.edu
U.S. Military Interventions in Counterinsurgencies: Military Governance Versus Military Assistance to Governance
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ariel Ahram

Ethan Tabor etabor6@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Giselle Datz

John Terpinas terp@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Donald Tighe donaldvt@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Lacy Watson elw3@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Michael Wiener mtwiener@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Khodr Zaarour kaazrour@vt.edu
Intl Relations, US Foreign & Security Policy, emphasis: transnational crime & contentious politics in the Greater Middle East
Primary Advisors: Professor Karen Hult and Professor Joyce Rothschild

Xiaochen Zhang zxc@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

MPIA ALUMNI

Alterra Hetzel (Class of 2011)

For me, the MPIA program was a win-win-win. I completed the program at Virginia Tech’s Alexandria location. The program provided highly relevant content that offered both a foundation in theory and marketable skills in my field. The high caliber of both the faculty and my fellow students ensured relevant and real-world learning — and those relationships continue to have an important and lasting impact on my life. Career-wise, since the completion of the VT MPIA program, both my title and compensation have doubled.

Alterra Hetzel

Avi Arditti

I appreciate the breadth and currency that the MPIA program offered in areas ranging from governance and global security to geopolitics and political economy. As someone who took on a new career opportunity in homeland security while completing the program, having previously worked in public diplomacy, I can say that the knowledge I gained has been extremely applicable to both fields. I enjoyed studying alongside other government, military, and industry professionals, as well as the added benefits of Metro-accessible evening classes and in-state tuition.

Avi Arditti

Christopher Craddock

My desire was to attend a graduate program filled with students who have real-world experience in public policy, international affairs, and conflict resolution.  The Virginia Tech MPIA program in the National Capital Region provided me with this opportunity.  During my time in the program, I participated in thoughtful and enlightening discussions in a classroom setting with my professors, members of the military, mid and senior-level federal and state employees, and members of private industry.  Through this interaction, I was able to apply real-life lessons to theoretical topics assigned by the MPIA faculty.  As a result, I have been able to build a toolkit of successful examples to utilize in my professional life that augment critical thinking and writing skills honed through coursework.

Christopher Craddock

Ethan Tabor (Class of 2009)

The MPIA program at Virginia Tech in Alexandria provided me with the critical, analytical, and communication skills necessary to excel as a government public affairs professional at various locations in the United States and around the world. In addition to the hard-earned benefits of the program’s academic rigor, I will always be grateful for the outstanding networking opportunities and real-world perspectives shared by the professors and students from diverse backgrounds in academia, the military, government, and civil society.

Ethan Tabor

Mike Young

Mike graduated with an MPIA in 2015 with a focus in Governance and Global Security. Mike has works as a Major, Intelligence Offier and Foreign Area Officer specializing in the Middle East for the United States Marine Corps. In the past he worked as a Government Civilian at the Department of Defense. About his Experience Mike says: “My SPIA education made me increasingly competitive for more senior Department of Defense positions within both the military and civilian sectors, and complemented my current trajectory within the foreign policy/defense/international affairs realm.  Furthermore, the degree and expertise garnered through the program enabled eligibility for the Marine Corps Foreign Area Officer program.  Throughout my tenure at VT, I was consistently impressed by the caliber of instruction offered through this program which is a testament to the professionalism and quality of the university staff.  This program substantially enhanced my critical thinking skills and broadened my aperture beyond exclusive security themes, incorporating economic, political, and international governance tenets. In light of my immensely positive experience in this program, I hope to continue my studies at VT in pursuit of a PhD.”

Mike Young

Sharon Grey

The Virginia Tech Master’s in Public and International Affairs (MPIA) program in Old Town Alexandria provided the flexibility I needed to complete my advanced degree.  As a busy professional, this program had the capacity to absorb the demands of my schedule.  There were moments when I struggled with the program, but they were short-lived, thanks to the willingness of my professors to accommodate one on one discussions, which furthered my understanding of the subject matter and alleviated my concerns.  The program enhanced my critical analysis skills and increased my capacity to apply viable research methods to problem solving, which are invaluable assets in any profession.  I would recommend this program to anyone, seeking to balance family and work responsibilities while furthering his or her education.

Sharon Grey

PGG-GG ALUMNI

Maurice Binioube Aleyao aleyb06@vt.edu
An Investigation of NGO-Government Partnerships for Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS and Malaria in the Maritime Region of Togo
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Don Back dback@vt.edu
Neoliberalism, Academic Capitalism and Higher Education in Developing Countries
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Beth Beck bethbeck@vt.edu
“The Spark that Ignites the Creative Idea: An Examination of the Group Practice of LAUNCH
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Emily Barry-Murphy emilybar@vt.edu
Democratizing the Refugee Regime Complex
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

David Belt beltdavid@gmail.com
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Arnold C. Dupuy acdupuy@vt.edu
Patterns of Regionalism and Security: Energy as a Transformational Influence in the Black Sea Area.
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Heba F. El-Shazli heba@vt.edu
Political Role of Labor Movements in the MENA Region Contributing to the Arab Spring
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Anna Erwin erwinae@vt.edu
Food Systems, Participatory Democracy, Social Justice
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Sonya Finley sonyalf@vt.edu
U.S. Foreign Policy, Public Diplomacy/Psychological Warfare, Defense Strategy
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Stefanie Georgakis Abbott stefieg@vt.edu
Critical International Relations Theory, European Union Politics, Border Studies, Immigration
Primary Advisors: Professor Tim Luke and Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis

Eric Hodges ebhodges@usf.edu
Democratic Theory, Civic Engagement, Military Veterans, Moral Philosophy, and Cosmopolitanism
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Emily Howard Ray Emily.Ray@sonoma.edu
Environmental political theory and environmental politics, with particular interest in land-use conflicts, social movements, and feminist theory
Primary Advisory: Professor Tim Luke

Mahin Khan mahin@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Sabithulla Khan khanpgg@vt.edu
Philanthropy, Civil Society, Muslim Societies in the U.S and Middle East, Inter-faith Work and Civic Engagement
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Adis Maksic adismax@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

William Bryan Riddle briddle@lmi.org
The Essence of Desperation:  Accounting for Counterinsurgency Doctrines as Solutions to Warfighting Failures in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Nicole Sanderlin npsander@vt.edu
Internationalization of Higher Education, Faculty Engagement, and Strategic Planning
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Adriana Seagle aseagle@vt.edu
The English School, Sub-global Regional Int’l Societies, Intelligence Practices w/in Military Alliances, European Security and Foreign Policies
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis

Michelline Stokes sjmichey@vt.edu
Deindustrialization and Household Survival Strategies, Globalization, and Women and Work
Primary Advisor: Drs. Giselle Datz and Dale Wimberley

Sarah Surak smsurak@salisbury.edu
Dissertation: Bringing in the Garbage: Opening a critical space for vehicle disposal practices
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Courtney Thomas courts.thomas@gmail.com
Political Economy, Food Politics, and Mass Political Violence
Primary Advisor: Professor Edward Weisband

Mark Thorum thorun1@cs.com
Dissertation: Essays in International Financial Governance
Primary Advisor: Professors Tim Luke and Charles Taylor

Bart Yavorosky bartyav@vt.edu
Interest Group Politics, Administrative Rulemaking, Public Policy, Nonprofit Leadership, Volunteer Management, and Fundraising
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

GIA FACULTY & STAFF

GIA’S WASHINGTON SEMESTER IN GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT

Explore a semester in Washington DC
Experience the nation’s capital while furthering your studies
Engage with the global and national policy making world

Washington, D.C. is at the center of global affairs. It is home to government agencies, many of the world’s leading think-tanks, numerous international organizations and a range of non-governmental organizations. Here, the most significant policy decisions are debated and made, holding both domestic and international importance.

The Washington Semester in Global Engagement is a unique 15 credit program open to all Virginia Tech majors. The Washington Semester consists of a combination of courses on global affairs, internships opportunities, workshops, seminars and networking opportunities with DC professionals and policy makers. It offers students the opportunity to experience policy-making firsthand, and explore the wealth of political and cultural opportunities available in Washington D.C area.

Stay on track for graduation whilst obtaining skills which will help your career opportunities in virtually any sphere.

– Open for sophomores (by year not credit), Juniors and Seniors in all majors

– Minimum 3.00 GPA.

– Housing is available in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

The Washington Semester in Global Engagement is a competitive program.  Numbers are limited to 12 participants. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to early applications.  Apply early to avoid disappointment.

Application Deadlines:
Fall 2017: The final deadline to apply is Friday May 5, 2017.

Applications for Spring 2018 will be accepted: March 27- May 5, 2017 and September 4 – October 9, 2017.

Further inquires contact: Director, Washington Semester in Global Engagement: email washsemester@vt.edu

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

Students take two taught courses (6 credits) and 9 credit hours of an internship or externship program. 

Students interested in applying to the Washington Semester in Global Engagement should enroll in the following courses for Fall 2017:

IS/PSCI 3624: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy

IS/PSCI 4984: Diplomacy Lab

IS/PSCI 4754: Internship (*3)  {students enrolled in Public Affairs and Urban Affairs major should  register for SPIA 4964}

Note: Political Science and International Studies Majors: Only 6 Internship credit hours can be applied towards your major – and additional 3 credit can count towards your overall number credits for graduation. It is important that you consult with adviser about the number of internship credit hours before registering.

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (6-9 CREDITS)

The Internship program offers students the chance to engage in the policy making world and gain valuable work experience. It comprises working 30-40 hours/week at a government agency/research institute/think-tank/NGO in the Washington D.C. area. (The minimum requirement for academic credit is at least 20 hours per week).

Upon selection into the Washington Semester Program, each participant will work with the Washington Semester Internship coordinators to determine the best course(s) of action to obtain an internship. Students will receive an “internship Guide” which will offer a variety of internship options, and in some cases, will refer students to potential internship sites, as well as advise on how to apply to internships in the Washington D.C. area. While the internship coordinators help students determine internship opportunities, the Washington Semester does not guarantee placement in an internship. Students determine the internship opportunity they would like based on their personal, political, academic, or career interests and take the necessary steps to apply to the various institutes offering internship opportunities for Fall 2017.

In order to participate in the Washington Semester Program, the internship must meet specific guidelines outlined by the program and be approved by the Washington Semester Director, so as to insure the student has a substantive experience.

EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM (6-9 CREDITS)

As an alternative to the internship program, students can sign up for the externship program (*students should register for IS/PSCI 4754 – students who fail to secure an internship will be automatically enrolled in the externship program)

The externship program is a guided 12 week program whereby students will experience and learn firsthand about the policy making world in Washington D.C.  Students will inter alia:  attend Congressional hearings on various international topics, attend lectures at the State Department, meet with diplomats and security officials, participate in conferences and lectures at leading think-tanks, meet with representative of international NGOs, and learn to write policy briefs.

Full details of the Fall 2017 externship program will be posted on the website at the start of the Fall semester.

HOUSING

The Gallery in Old Town Alexandria is Virginia Tech’s housing option for students participating in the Washington semester program. The Gallery is located one half block from the Prince Street VT campus where classes are held, and a 10-minute walk from the King Street Metro Station. The majority of units (apartments) consist of a living/dining room, a kitchen, a bedroom, and bath, and are expected to hold two students. The units are furnished with beds, dresser, sofa, coffee table, end tables, and a dining room table & chairs.

On acceptance to the program, students will receive information on how to apply for housing in the Gallery.  Students are free to make their own housing arrangements.

APPLICATION DETAILS

Acceptance to the Washington Semester in Global Engagement is based on academic performance, potential for successful participation, and motivation.

Along with the application form, you need to provide: i) an up-to-date resume; ii) a copy of your current transcript; iii) a statement of interest; and iv) the names and contact details of two academic referees.

Statement of Interest: On a separate sheet, type a statement of approximately 500 max words. How does the Washington Semester on Global Engagement relate to your present academic program and professional goals? Also, describe the personal benefits you expect to receive from the program.

Academic Referees (include references contact information on the application form)
All applicants are required to have faculty members with whom they have taken a course serve as a reference.  Please select someone who is familiar with your academic work and plan of study.  You will need to identify your referees the application form and provide their email address. We will contact them to complete a short form electronically. You do not need to request any forms or letters from them, but you must ask them if they are willing to serve as a reference for you before you include their contact information in your application.

The Washington Semester in Global Engagement is highly competitive.  The program is limited to 12 students. Applications wll be processed on a rolling basis i.e. as soon as they received.  Early applications will receive preference.  Apply early so as to avoid any disappointment.

Applications must include the following:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Copy of your current Transcript
  • Copy of your current Resume
  • Statement (500 words max) addressing:
    • How does the Washington Semester on Global Engagement relate to your present academic program and professional goals?
    • Describe the personal benefits you expect to receive from the program and how you will incorporate this program into your future goals.
    • Please include any additional information that may be useful in evaluating your application.

Application Deadlines:

Fall 2017: The final deadline to apply is: Friday, May 5, 2017.
Applications for Spring 2018 will be accepted: March 27- May 5, 2017 and September 4 – October 9, 2017.
(Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Preferences will be given to early applications.)

Please submit the application online or return the completed application and attachments to: Chris Price, International Studies, Room 119 and/or Political Science, Room 531, Major Williams Hall (0130), 220 Stanger St. or Chris LaPlante, 205 Architecture Annex (0113), Otey St., Blacksburg, VA 24061

For further inquiries email: washsemester@vt.edu

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GIA DEGREES, CERTIFICATES, & SPECIAL PROGRAMS

The Master’s in Public and International Affairs (MPIA) draws from across the fields of political science, international relations, geography, history, sociology, and economics to understand the impacts and evolving challenges of globalization on international, national, and local politics.

The program focuses on the governance of political, economic, social, and environmental security and risks at the global level. Courses include:

  • contemporary American foreign policy,
  • conflict resolution,
  • global security,
  • international development,
  • global political economy,
  • global social policy, and
  • environmental politics.

The regional politics of the Middle East, post-Soviet Eurasia, and Latin America are analyzed in particular.

The program can be can be taken on a full-time or a part-time basis.  There is also an option for studying abroad for a semester.

Graduates go on to work for the federal, state, and local governments, military and intelligence agencies, a variety of nonprofits and NGOs, as well as private sector consulting and management.

The Ph.D. in Planning, Governance, and Globalization (PGG) draws together insights from the social sciences and humanities in order to study governance processes at all levels of society and international affairs.

The PGG program, managed by Government and International Affairs, offers a unique environment in which faculty and students work closely together to build a research-based program in which students use an interdisciplinary framework to leverage their professional experiences when exploring scholarly puzzles.

Possible research areas include:

  • US foreign policy,
  • new global security threats,
  • conflict resolution,
  • studies in critical geopolitics,
  • global social policy,
  • global political economy,
  • international development challenges and institutions,
  • social movements and
  • political systems.

Faculty expertise covers the regional politics of the Middle East, post-Soviet Eurasia, and Latin America.

Many of our PGG students are professionals working in the Washington D.C area working in research positions and a range of nonprofit/NGO, public and private organizations at national and international levels.

The certificate focuses on the politics, society, and history of the peoples of North Africa, Southwestern Asia, Asia Minor, and the Arabian Peninsula, related borderlands and island groups, and including emigrant and immigrant groups.

It addresses the causes and consequences of conflict in the region, the impact of external interventions, including colonialism, and the drivers of political and social change.

Requirements
Total Number of Credit Hours: 9 credit hours.
Transfer credits are not permitted.

Students will choose three courses:

GIA 5314 Middle East Geopolitics (3 credits)

GIA/PSCI 5614 (HIST 5544) Understanding the Israeli Palestinian Conflict (3 credits)

ASPT 5134 Islamic Political Thought (3 credits)

ASPT/HIST/RLCL 6124 (PSCI 6234) Pre-Modern Christian and Islamic Political Theory (3 credits)

Another 5000-level or 6000-level course subject to approval by the certificate candidate’s advisor

Applications for the Graduate Certificate in Security Studies will be considered from students enrolled in a graduate degree program at Virginia Tech and from non-degree and Commonwealth Campus students who have been permitted to take courses by the Graduate School. Certificates will be awarded upon completion of twelve credits (4 courses) and application for the certificate and application for certificate conferral once course requirements have been completed.

Course Requirements

Completion of a total of twelve credit hours; 6 credits in required courses and 6 elective hours. Students must receive a grade of B or better in each course.
(Note: Students will not be allowed to retake a course for a better grade if they receive below a B.)

Required courses:
PSCI/GIA 5444 – International Politics
PSCI/GIA5484 – Contemporary American Foreign Policy

In addition, students must complete at least 6 credit hours from the following:

PSCI 5324 – Executive Branch
PSCI 5464 – Critical Security Studies
PSCI/GIA 5474 – Global Governance
PSCI/GIA5514 – Global Security
PSCI/GIA 5524 – U.S. Foreign Policy after 9/11
PSCI/GIA 5534 – Regionalism and Political Developments

The Certificate represents the socio-economic track in Government and International Affairs program in the Northern Capital Regions (Alexandria). It features courses that cover: global social policy, inequality international development, global political economy, and transnational social movements.

While GIA offers a variety of courses in global politics that relate to human and national security in a realm of threat or conflict, the new certificate broadens these understandings, conceiving security also as a: global social policy concept/commitment, economic goal, and financial representation.

Requirements
Total Number of Credit Hours: 12 credit hours. All courses graded A-F and 5000 or higher. Transfer credits are not permitted.

Four courses must be selected from the courses listed below:

GIA/PAPA 5034 Global Political Economy (formerly, Democratic Governance of the Economy) (3 credits)

GIA/UAP 5274 Comparative Social Movements (3 credits)

GIA 5434 Politics of Developing Areas (3 credits)

GIA/UAP 5524 International Development (3 credits)

GIA 5654 Global Social Policy (3 credits)

GIA 5474 Global Governance (3 credits)

Washington, D.C. is at the center of global affairs. It is home to government agencies, many of the world’s leading think-tanks, numerous international organizations and a range of non-governmental organizations. Here, the most significant policy decisions are debated and made, holding both domestic and international importance.
The Washington Semester in Global Engagement is a unique 15 credit program open to all Virginia Tech majors. The Washington Semester consists of a combination of courses on global affairs, internships opportunities, workshops, seminars and networking opportunities with DC professionals and policy makers. It offers students the opportunity to experience policy-making firsthand, and explore the wealth of political and cultural opportunities available in Washington D.C area.
Stay on track for graduation whilst obtaining skills which will help your career opportunities in virtually any sphere.
– Open for sophomores (by year not credit), Juniors and Seniors in all majors
– Minimum 3.00 GPA.
– Housing is available in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Students in the MPIA program can spend a semester studying in:

This semester abroad can count up for four courses towards the completion of the degree. In exceptional circumstances and with permission, students may spend a year overseas and take five courses. Students need to have completed 9 credits and have their plan of study abroad approved prior to going abroad.

For further details: giastudyabroad@vt.edu

Virginia Tech and University of Kent, Brussels have partnered in creating a unique, time efficient graduate program for students to study international relations in a Euro-Atlantic context. Two Capitals, Two Masters is a new and innovative double Master’s program, designed to offer students the opportunity to study, train, and network in two major centers of political activity, Washington D.C. and Brussels. It allows students to earn two graduate degrees – an appealing feature in the job market – in half the time, and for half the cost of a typical graduate degree in the United States, making it a cost and time-effective alternative to existing graduate programs in international affairs.

The program consists of the following:

  1. One year of study at Virginia Tech, National Capital Region (VT-NCR): Students enroll in the Master’s in Public and International Affairs (MPIA).
  2. One year of study at the University of Kent, Brussels (UKB): Students select an MA from the following specializations: international relations, international conflict and security, international political economy, European public policy, or international development.
  3. At the end of two years, students earn an MA from UKB, and an MPIA from VT.

For further details: Dr. Georgeta Pourchot, Director, Two Capitals, Two Masters Program: georgeta@vt.edu

CURRENT MPIA STUDENTS

Dawn Cutler

I got my undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in 2015 studying Political Science with a focus in National Security. I then became one of the first students to attend the University of Kent in Brussels under Virginia Tech’s new Two Capitals, Two Master’s program. I returned from Belgium, completing my first degree with the submission of my Dissertation on International Democracy Promotion. I am now completing the second part of the Two Capitals Program, attending Virginia Tech in Alexandria and planning to finish my MPIA in May of 2017. My research interests include the Security Studies and the Middle East as well as more practical concepts such as human rights and refugee law, refugee resettlement and asylum procedures and humanitarian action.

Dawn Cutler

Fernanda Beirao

I received my Bachelor of Law degree from the Federal University of Paraná, in Curitiba, Brazil, and practiced at an international arbitration and contracts law firm. I received my LL.M from Georgetown University Law Center in 2016, focusing on international environmental law. I worked as an intern at the Georgetown Climate Center, The Nature Conservancy and the Humane Society of the United States. My research interests are on climate change policy and international development, especially within small island developing states.

Fernanda Beirao

Josh Miller

The MPIA program has changed the way I approach critical problem sets in my daily work as a National Security consultant.  The academic theory with which students wrestle in the classroom both enlightens and enables, which has allowed me to think strategically and analyze geopolitical issues on a deeper level.  The reading, writing, discussion, and interaction with professors of the highest caliber have all contributed greatly to daily successes both in the classroom and in the workplace.

Josh Miller

CURRENT PGG-GG STUDENTS

Putu Desy Apriliani putuda8@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Nada Berrada nada1@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisors: Professor Max Stephenson and Dr. Patricia Nickel

Carmen Boggs-Parker cabooker@vt.edu
Intercultural Learning in Cross-cultural Contexts
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Ashleigh Breske aslilly@vt.edu
Governance of Repatriation, Cultural Property in Politically Unstable Regions
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Luis Camacho lcamacho@vt.edu
Economic Development, Sociology of Work, Innovation and Technology in Workplaces, Participatory Management Practices, Dignity at Work
Primary Advisor: Dr. Joyce Rothschild

Martin Cho martinhc@vt.edu
Geopolitics and Development of Energy Resources
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ariel Ahram

Carl Ciovacco carl7@vt.edu
International Relations and Global Security
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Ben Coleman bencoleman@vt.edu
International Political Economy, Macroeconomics, Finance, Central Banking, Economic History
Primary Advisor:  Dr. Giselle Datz

Lindy Cranwell lindycra@vt.edu
International Education, Higher Education, Faculty Engagement in Comprehensive Internationalization, University Student Global Mobility
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Jonathan Elliott jtelliott@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Simone Franzi franzisimone@vt.edu
Global Political Economy, The Politics and Geography of Trade Agreements
Primary Advisor: Dr. David Bieri

Rachel Gabriele rachelvg@vt.edu
Collaborative Governance in Revitalizing Cities
Primary Advisors: Professor Max Stephenson and Dr. Maggie Cowell

Jen Gooding jgooding@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Ben Grove ben.grove@vt.edu
Leadership of NGOs
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Terken Gupur terken@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke and Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis

Helen Horton helenuva@yahoo.com
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Jim Bohland

Pishtiwan Jalal pishti1@vt.edu
Terrorism, Islamic Radicalism, Political Islam, Democracy and the Kurdish Issue
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Marc Jasper marcwj62@vt.edu
Nationalism; US Military Intervention; Balkans, Caucasus & Middle East Conflict & Area Studies: Peace Operations & Low-intensity Conflict; Conflict Resolution
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Craig Johnson cjohn5x@vt.edu
Post-Cold War Nuclear Security Regimes
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Adna Karamehic akara@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Joseph Karle karle1jb@vt.edu
Analyzing US nation building efforts in the Middle East since 9/11, particularly the way interactions between US personnel and local leaders (governmental and military) impact the development of governance and security structures
Primary Advisor:  Professor Joel Peters

Jared “Jake” Keyel jaredk1@vt.edu
Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Critical Theory
Primary Advisors: Dr. Patricia Nickel and Professor Tim Luke

Maksym Kolos mkolos@ukr.net
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Gregory Kruczek kruczek1@vt.edu
Lebanon/Syia; Lebanese Civil War; Nationalism studies, Modern Levantine History
Primary Advisors: Dr. Ariel Ahram and Professor Joel Peters

Walter “Rick” Landgraf wfland3@vt.edu
DeFacto States; Ethnic Conflicts; Russian Foreign Policy; NATO-Russia Relations; Visual Geopolitics
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Benjamin Louis bflouis@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professors Joyce Rothschild and Edward Weisband

Sarah Lyon-Hill sarahlh@vt.edu
Theater Arts and Community Economic Development
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Julian R. Meade julian67@vt.edu
Geopolitics of the Arctic Region
Primary Advisor:  Professor Joel Peters

Tiernan Mennen tiernkm@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke and Dr. Giselle Datz

Gela Merabishvili gm88@vt.edu
How sub-state actors, such as cities and regions, influence international politics; the EU, particularly its foreign and security policy, Russia, and the countries in their shared neighborhood
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Allison D. Miller ahern09@vt.edu
Community Cohesion and Countering Violent Extremism: An Ethnographic Analysis of Selected Global Communities
Primary Advisors:  Professor Tim Luke and Dr. Priya Dixit

Gabriel Mitchell gabim14@vt.edu
Regionalism, majority-minority politics, and the formation of state foreign policy. His dissertation explores the relationship between energy policy and foreign policy in Israel and the Eastern Mediterranean
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Brett R. Netto brettn76@vt.edu
Dissertation Title: Russia as a Great Power: An English School Approach to Yeltsin’s Presidency (1991-200)
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis

Sulayman Njie sauln@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Eric Reading ereading@vt.edu
Political Transitions, International Development, Middle East
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Alana Romanella aromanel@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Kevin Rosier kjrosier@vt.edu
International political economy, macroeconomics, and international development
Primary Advisor: Dr. Giselle Datz

Jeanette Ruiz ruizjr@vt.edu
Understanding How Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) Impact and Empower Informal Networks as these Networks Develop Tools for Re-shaping Economies, Polities, and International Relations
Primary Advisor: Dr. Giselle Datz

Kevin Saderup kevin57@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ariel Ahram

Hamza Safouane hsafouan@vt.edu
Migration and Migratory Journey Narratives, Apparatus of Capture of Mobility in the EU and Tactics of Escape
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Dallas Shaw dallas69@vt.edu
U.S. Military Interventions in Counterinsurgencies: Military Governance Versus Military Assistance to Governance
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ariel Ahram

Ethan Tabor etabor6@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Giselle Datz

John Terpinas terp@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Donald Tighe donaldvt@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Lacy Watson elw3@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Michael Wiener mtwiener@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Khodr Zaarour kaazrour@vt.edu
Intl Relations, US Foreign & Security Policy, emphasis: transnational crime & contentious politics in the Greater Middle East
Primary Advisors: Professor Karen Hult and Professor Joyce Rothschild

Xiaochen Zhang zxc@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

MPIA ALUMNI

Alterra Hetzel (Class of 2011)

For me, the MPIA program was a win-win-win. I completed the program at Virginia Tech’s Alexandria location. The program provided highly relevant content that offered both a foundation in theory and marketable skills in my field. The high caliber of both the faculty and my fellow students ensured relevant and real-world learning — and those relationships continue to have an important and lasting impact on my life. Career-wise, since the completion of the VT MPIA program, both my title and compensation have doubled.

Alterra Hetzel

Avi Arditti

I appreciate the breadth and currency that the MPIA program offered in areas ranging from governance and global security to geopolitics and political economy. As someone who took on a new career opportunity in homeland security while completing the program, having previously worked in public diplomacy, I can say that the knowledge I gained has been extremely applicable to both fields. I enjoyed studying alongside other government, military, and industry professionals, as well as the added benefits of Metro-accessible evening classes and in-state tuition.

Avi Arditti

Christopher Craddock

My desire was to attend a graduate program filled with students who have real-world experience in public policy, international affairs, and conflict resolution.  The Virginia Tech MPIA program in the National Capital Region provided me with this opportunity.  During my time in the program, I participated in thoughtful and enlightening discussions in a classroom setting with my professors, members of the military, mid and senior-level federal and state employees, and members of private industry.  Through this interaction, I was able to apply real-life lessons to theoretical topics assigned by the MPIA faculty.  As a result, I have been able to build a toolkit of successful examples to utilize in my professional life that augment critical thinking and writing skills honed through coursework.

Christopher Craddock

Ethan Tabor (Class of 2009)

The MPIA program at Virginia Tech in Alexandria provided me with the critical, analytical, and communication skills necessary to excel as a government public affairs professional at various locations in the United States and around the world. In addition to the hard-earned benefits of the program’s academic rigor, I will always be grateful for the outstanding networking opportunities and real-world perspectives shared by the professors and students from diverse backgrounds in academia, the military, government, and civil society.

Ethan Tabor

Mike Young

Mike graduated with an MPIA in 2015 with a focus in Governance and Global Security. Mike has works as a Major, Intelligence Offier and Foreign Area Officer specializing in the Middle East for the United States Marine Corps. In the past he worked as a Government Civilian at the Department of Defense. About his Experience Mike says: “My SPIA education made me increasingly competitive for more senior Department of Defense positions within both the military and civilian sectors, and complemented my current trajectory within the foreign policy/defense/international affairs realm.  Furthermore, the degree and expertise garnered through the program enabled eligibility for the Marine Corps Foreign Area Officer program.  Throughout my tenure at VT, I was consistently impressed by the caliber of instruction offered through this program which is a testament to the professionalism and quality of the university staff.  This program substantially enhanced my critical thinking skills and broadened my aperture beyond exclusive security themes, incorporating economic, political, and international governance tenets. In light of my immensely positive experience in this program, I hope to continue my studies at VT in pursuit of a PhD.”

Mike Young

Sharon Grey

The Virginia Tech Master’s in Public and International Affairs (MPIA) program in Old Town Alexandria provided the flexibility I needed to complete my advanced degree.  As a busy professional, this program had the capacity to absorb the demands of my schedule.  There were moments when I struggled with the program, but they were short-lived, thanks to the willingness of my professors to accommodate one on one discussions, which furthered my understanding of the subject matter and alleviated my concerns.  The program enhanced my critical analysis skills and increased my capacity to apply viable research methods to problem solving, which are invaluable assets in any profession.  I would recommend this program to anyone, seeking to balance family and work responsibilities while furthering his or her education.

Sharon Grey

PGG-GG ALUMNI

Maurice Binioube Aleyao aleyb06@vt.edu
An Investigation of NGO-Government Partnerships for Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS and Malaria in the Maritime Region of Togo
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Don Back dback@vt.edu
Neoliberalism, Academic Capitalism and Higher Education in Developing Countries
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Beth Beck bethbeck@vt.edu
“The Spark that Ignites the Creative Idea: An Examination of the Group Practice of LAUNCH
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Emily Barry-Murphy emilybar@vt.edu
Democratizing the Refugee Regime Complex
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

David Belt beltdavid@gmail.com
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Arnold C. Dupuy acdupuy@vt.edu
Patterns of Regionalism and Security: Energy as a Transformational Influence in the Black Sea Area.
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Heba F. El-Shazli heba@vt.edu
Political Role of Labor Movements in the MENA Region Contributing to the Arab Spring
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Anna Erwin erwinae@vt.edu
Food Systems, Participatory Democracy, Social Justice
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Sonya Finley sonyalf@vt.edu
U.S. Foreign Policy, Public Diplomacy/Psychological Warfare, Defense Strategy
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Stefanie Georgakis Abbott stefieg@vt.edu
Critical International Relations Theory, European Union Politics, Border Studies, Immigration
Primary Advisors: Professor Tim Luke and Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis

Eric Hodges ebhodges@usf.edu
Democratic Theory, Civic Engagement, Military Veterans, Moral Philosophy, and Cosmopolitanism
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Emily Howard Ray Emily.Ray@sonoma.edu
Environmental political theory and environmental politics, with particular interest in land-use conflicts, social movements, and feminist theory
Primary Advisory: Professor Tim Luke

Mahin Khan mahin@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Sabithulla Khan khanpgg@vt.edu
Philanthropy, Civil Society, Muslim Societies in the U.S and Middle East, Inter-faith Work and Civic Engagement
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Adis Maksic adismax@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

William Bryan Riddle briddle@lmi.org
The Essence of Desperation:  Accounting for Counterinsurgency Doctrines as Solutions to Warfighting Failures in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Nicole Sanderlin npsander@vt.edu
Internationalization of Higher Education, Faculty Engagement, and Strategic Planning
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Adriana Seagle aseagle@vt.edu
The English School, Sub-global Regional Int’l Societies, Intelligence Practices w/in Military Alliances, European Security and Foreign Policies
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis

Michelline Stokes sjmichey@vt.edu
Deindustrialization and Household Survival Strategies, Globalization, and Women and Work
Primary Advisor: Drs. Giselle Datz and Dale Wimberley

Sarah Surak smsurak@salisbury.edu
Dissertation: Bringing in the Garbage: Opening a critical space for vehicle disposal practices
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Courtney Thomas courts.thomas@gmail.com
Political Economy, Food Politics, and Mass Political Violence
Primary Advisor: Professor Edward Weisband

Mark Thorum thorun1@cs.com
Dissertation: Essays in International Financial Governance
Primary Advisor: Professors Tim Luke and Charles Taylor

Bart Yavorosky bartyav@vt.edu
Interest Group Politics, Administrative Rulemaking, Public Policy, Nonprofit Leadership, Volunteer Management, and Fundraising
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

GIA FACULTY & STAFF

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