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.

Program Archives:

Forms and Handbook:

Resources for Practice, Thesis and Research Portfolio Options

  • Research Portfolio: 

    Read more about the Research Portfolio option here.

  • Thesis: 

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 January 2016 you are expected to

  1.  Have taken Thesis Supervision by Fall 2015.

  2.  Deposit your thesis by the December 1, 2015 deadline.

  3.  Submit the Thesis Checklist (above).

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


Recent International Affairs Posts


Highlights from Human Rights and Development Books Launch

Last Monday, January 25, the Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs celebrated the recent publication of three books on the theories and practices of human rights and development. SGPIA Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr co-authored two of the books titled Food Security in South Africa: Human Rights and Entitlement Perspectives and Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights. Alicia Yamin, Director of the JD/MPH program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, also launched the book Power, Suffering and the Struggle for Dignity – Human Rights Frameworks for Health and Why They Matter.Additional speakers at the event were: Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights ...
Garry Waller, Peter Lucas, Mark Monroe, Alison Klayman, Nanfu Wang, Michael Shade, and Nathan Halpern attend the 'Hooligan Sparrow' Premiere on January 22 in Park City, Utah. Source: Getty Images

Professor Peter Lucas’ Film Hooligan Sparrow Premieres at Sundance

SGPIA Professor Peter Lucas was in Park City, Utah over the weekend to celebrate the January 22 premiere of Hooligan Sparrow, a documentary that highlights a spectrum of human rights issues in China. Professor Lucas served as Creative Producer of the film alongside Director Nangfu Wang, who followed activist Ye Haiyan (also known by the name Hooligan Sparrow) and a group of colleagues as they protested the case of six elementary school girls who were sexually abused by their principal in Hainan Province. The film's website explains the premise in more detail: "Marked as enemies of the state, the activists are under constant government surveillance and ...

SGPIA Celebrates Fifteen Years and Honors Founding Director Michael Cohen

A crowd of over 225 SGPIA students, alums, and faculty packed the Theresa Lang Community and Student Center last Friday night to celebrate fifteen years since the inception of the Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs (SGPIA), and to pay tribute to its founding director, Michael Cohen. Mary Watson, Executive Dean of the Schools for Public Engagement opened the evening by highlighting Mike’s career accomplishments and the remarkable contributions he has made to The New School. Mike earned his Ph.D. in Political Economy from The University Chicago and spent many years at The World Bank where he was ...
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SGPIA Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr Authors New Book

SGPIA professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr has released a new book titled Food Security in South Africa: Human Rights and Entitlement Perspectives. The book investigates social and economic policies that would fulfill the right to food—a critical issue considering that over 20 years after the end of apartheid, millions of South Africans remain food insecure. The book was co-authored by University of Cape Town's Viviene Taylor and published earlier this week by Juta Press. Read more about the book here.   ...