Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs

Welcome to the SGPIA resource page. Below you will find links to information to help you navigate the SGPIA program and utilize the benefits the program offers. 

Visit the SGPIA page on The New School’s official site to learn about degree requirements, application information, program faculty, practice and thesis options, and program concentrations.

For general program and New School resource information for incoming students, you can view PowerPoint slides here.

Forms and Handbook:

Advising Notes

Resources for Practice, Thesis and Research Portfolio Options

To enroll in Thesis Supervision, you must:

  1.  Complete the Thesis Registration Form 

  2.  Once your thesis advisor has signed your thesis registration form bring it to Phil Akre, or to the GPIA Front Desk at 72 Fifth Avenue, 7th floor.

  3.  Upon submitting the thesis registration form you will receive the CRN for your Thesis Supervisor’s section, and be given permission in the system to register for that CRN (you cannot register until this permission has been granted).

Become familiar with the Thesis Guidelines and throughout the thesis process use the Thesis Checklist to ensure you are completing all requirements.

To graduate in May 2017 you are expected to

  1.  Have taken Thesis Supervision by Spring 2017.

  2.  Deposit your thesis by the May 1, 2017 deadline.

  3.  Submit the Thesis Checklist (above).

If you have any questions, please email intaffairs@newschool.edu!

Program Archives:

Recent International Affairs Posts

"2017 Annual Report: Putting ChildrenÕs Rights Up FrontÓ

SGPIA Alum Dragica Mikavica: An Advocate for Children’s Rights in Armed Conflict

In her current professional role at Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, New York City-based SGPIA Alum Dragica Mikavica is advocating to influence the United Nations Security Council’s Children and Armed Conflict Agenda to ensure greater protection of children’s security and rights in war-affected areas worldwide. What follows is an interview about her life and work. SGPIA Alumna, Dragica Mikavica, lobbies the United Nations Member States to influence global policy-making on children's rights in conflict (credit: Luis Ernesto Santana photography) Tell us a little bit about your background, where are you from, where did you grow up? I was born ...
Christina Puzzolo

SGPIA student Christina Puzzolo awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Christina Puzzolo is a current SGPIA student who is slated to graduate in May 2017. She has recently been awarded a Fulbright scholarship and will be studying the Blue Economy in the Phillipines after graduation. What follows is a short interview about her work. The interview was lightly edited for clarity. Can you talk a bit about your background? I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois and moved to Montreal, Quebec to study Biodiversity Conservation and International Development at McGill University for my undergrad. I spent two summers in the arctic of Sweden assisting with Climate Change research ...
SGPIA Professor Erin McCandless

Why the Social Contract for Preventing Violent Conflict and Sustaining Peace?

by Erin McCandless As the United Nations reflects upon how it will meet its revamped and revitalized mandate to prevent conflict and sustain peace, catalyzed by twin Security Council/General Assembly Resolutions, some academics and policy-makers are reflecting on the relevance of the social contract as an actionable idea, a means to revitalize these agendas – particularly in contexts affected by violent conflict and fragility. While this is by no means a straightforward pursuit, it arguably is a vital one given the current state of crisis of many state-society social contracts, globally. The social contract is a term no doubt familiar ...
Marija Šajkaš

From Belgrade to New York: An interview with Alum Marija Šajkaš

Marija Šajkaš (pronounced as Maria Say-kash) is an SGPIA alum who is a communications and political consultant based in New York City. Her expertise lie in media, immigration, and transitional justice in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Marija also works as a foreign correspondent for a Belgrade-based weekly publication and her first novel was just translated into English. Marija discusses her fascinating experience of moving from post-war Belgrade to New York City in the interview below: What prompted you to come to the New School? I moved to New York City almost immediately after the wars ended in the former ...