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Graduate Program in International Affairs



By blending theory, practice, and commitment to social responsibility, the Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA) leads students to analyze urgent international questions through a critical lens. Click here to find out more.

GPIA Alumna Darya Shaikh Challenges Leaders to Create Positive Change

Darya ShaikhDarya graduated from the The New School in 2012 with a concentration in conflict and security. Growing up in Brooklyn with a Muslim father and a Jewish mother, Darya’s interest in Middle East reconciliation efforts began early and led her to pursue a B.A. in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at the McGill University. Upon graduating from McGill Darya began work as the COO at the multinational PeaceWorks Foundation where she was involved with the OneVoice Movement, an international movement supporting a two-state solution. Her experiences at PeaceWork Foundation influenced her decision to attend The New School and deepened her appreciation for grassroots activism and civil society’s role in creating change.

Presently based in New York, Darya is the Director of US Engagement for Leaders’ Quest, an international cross-sector social enterprise that works with leaders to create a more equitable and sustainable world. To meet this objective Leaders’ Quest designs “Quests” to disrupt a person’s status quo and expose them to the world whether in their own backyard or across the globe.




GPIA Alumna Mary Robbins on the Economics of Paternity Leave

fotoAlumna Mary E. Robbins recently co-authored an article for Time Magazine discussing the conflict around paternity leave in Brazil for city employees, which may be extended from 5 days to 30 days. The article reads:

Many government officials at the local and federal level in Brazil… believe allowing 30 days of paternity leave will disrupt worker productivity and the functioning of cities and countries. They’re wrong. In fact, the opposite is true.

Mary Robbins Mary is a graduate of the Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School and she is a Program Officer at Promundo, an NGO that works internationally to engage men and boys in promoting gender equality and end violence against women.

Faculty Spotlight: Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

sakiko_fukudaGPIA Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr has co-authored a new book: Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights. The book’s description explains:

One of the most ambitious legacies of the 20th century was the universal commitment to ensure freedom from want as a human right. But to what extent are countries across the world living up to this commitment? This path breaking book develops an innovative, evidence-based index for comparing performance on education, food, health, work and housing across very differently situated countries and over time. It explores the factors influencing performance and provides empirical evidence to resolve some long standing controversies over the principle of “progressive realization”. By defying the boundaries of traditional research disciplines, this work fundamentally advances our knowledge about the status of and factors promoting social and economic rights fulfillment at the dawn of the 21st century.

Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights is an exhilarating and extremely valuable addition to the literature on human development. Empirically grounded and theoretically sophisticated, it will provoke lively debate and advance the cause of global justice.” — Martha C. Nussbaum, The University of Chicago

Professor Fukuda-Parr is Professor of International Affairs at The New School. She is a development economist interested in human development and capabilities and the broad question of national and international policy strategies.




Student Projects: GIS for International Crises, Development, and the Environment

Davis Winslow | The Influence of Innovation Districts on Neighborhood Transformation

Davis Winslow | The Influence of Innovation Districts on Neighborhood Transformation

Each semester, the GIS for International Crises, Development, and the Environment course is one of the Milano School’s most popular. Students wrap up the course by producing final projects that encompass a wide range of topics, geographies, and methodologies.  Using tools and techniques gained throughout the semester, each student chooses a research topic of interest and performs various spatial analyses that may include suitability, density, vulnerability, correlation, migration patterns, and proximity, among others.

Professor Stephen Metts publishes a Tumblr site highlighting the semester’s final projects. Check out the projects for the Fall 2014 semester.  The Spring 2014 and Fall 2013 semester’s projects are also available for viewing.



GPIA Alumna Ashlee Tuttleman Designs Social Impact Programs Increasing Profits for Rwandan Coffee Farmers

Ashlee_Tuttleman Ashlee Tuttleman is a 2012 graduate of the M.A program in International Affairs at The New School. She has extensive experience in East Africa working in product and program development, supply chains and human-centered design. Prior to Milano, Ashlee worked in the private sector for eight years in organizational change management, project management and marketing.  Most recently, Ashlee became the Social Enterprise Project Manager at Sustainable Harvest Rwanda, where she designs and implements social impact programs that improve information exchange among coffee origins and along the coffee supply chain. Programs she designs reinvest premiums earned through coffee processing back to the farmers.