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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.

Student Spotlight: Laura Wainer

Laura WainerFulbright Scholar Laura Wainer is a GPIA student concentrating in development. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, she moved to NYC during the summer of 2013 to attend The New School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Buenos Aires with a specialization in Development in Urban Regions from the General Sarmiento National University. In this interview Laura discusses her perspectives on NYC, why she chose to attend The New School and her professional and academic history.





New School at The World Urban Forum VII In Medellin, Colombia


Desiree Lavecchia, Coordinator, the Observatory on Latin America, at The New School Booth: WUF VII, Medellin, Colombia

Several New School faculty are in Medellin, Colombia for the 7th World Urban Forum (WUF).  The forum has attracted over 25,000 attendees from 164 countries.  The week-long event boasts an itinerary with over 500 speakers, including Nobel Laureate in Economics Dr. Joseph Stiglitz, heads of state, government ministers, and representatives from The New School: senior fellow in the Graduate Program in International Affairs Bob Buckley, Director of International Affairs Michael Cohen, Associate Professor Margarita Gutman, Desiree Lavecchia from the Observatory on Latin America (OLA), Merida Escandon, Fabiola Berdiel and Shagun Mehrotra.  Michael Cohen is the moderator of WUF7 Dialogue 4: Innovative Financing Instruments for Local Authorities and of WUF7.  The former event focuses on the challenges that exist in developing countries in generating the revenue necessary to finance urban development projects.  The Universities Roundtable will gather scholars, experts, researchers, university representatives and heads of thematic areas of UN-Habitat to discuss the role of knowledge and education in address the challenges of sustainable urbanization in the 21st century.

Crowd at Global Urban Futures

A crowd gathers at The New School booth at The World Urban Forum VII in Medellin, Colombia.

The New School is running a booth which features rotating presentations on planning for an urban future and exploring the implications of increasing urbanization. The booth will also showcase The New School’s diverse array of undergraduate and graduate degrees focusing on urban planning and related fields.  This year’s New School’s Networking Event is “Inclusive Sociospatial Development in Bangkok, Buenos Aires and New York River Basins” Produced in partnership with Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, and the University of Buenos Aires, this ongoing research initiative uses cross-regional and multidisciplinary analysis to provide insight into urban challenges around the globe.”  The New School continues to be actively engaged with the international community and leads the dialogues taking place on the world’s most pressing issues.



Student Voices: A Springboard to Leadership

Student VoicesBy: Shannon J. Shird

Thanks to the Civic Engagement Fund, Progressive Pupil’s New Leaders for Social Change program participants Xiomara Pedraza and I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to accompany Milano management professor Robin J. Hayes to the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) in Los Angeles. While there, we assisted with community outreach promoting the world premier of her feature documentary film Black and Cuba. The New Leaders for Social Change provides mentorship and hands-on experience to students at The New School who are committed to careers advancing social change. The program is a prime example of The New School’s dedication to supporting and equipping a generation of students with the tools necessary to contribute to their communities, both on-campus and off.

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Alumni Spotlight: Diana Rusu

DianaRusuBlogDiana Rusu is originally from the Republic of Moldova where she completed her undergraduate studies prior to coming to The New School. During summer 2013 she participated in the IFP to Turkey where she interned with the Habitat Center for Development and Governance. Here she ‘helped develop youth participation and examined the importance of female power in Turkish society.




Dr. Erin McCandless: The New Deal and the International Studies Association

IMG_0481Last week Dr. Erin McCandless led a delegation of people involved in International Dialogue / New Deal  process to a series of public events in Ottawa and Toronto. With a grant from the Canadian government’s DFAIT and in partnership with the North South Institute at the University of Ottawa, she brought government and civil society representatives from DRC and South Sudan amongst others, to meet with government officials and to present at several high profile public events, including:

The New Deal Two Years On: What Difference Is It Making?

CIC Toronto: Time for a “New Deal”: The g7+ as an Emerging Voice for Fragile States

The group sought to raise awareness on the New Deal, to collectively reflect upon the achievements and challenges around its implementation to date, and the implications for North-South and international politics, aid effectiveness, and related trends in scholarship.


Dr. McCandless also led the team to participate in the International Studies Association annual conference, held in Toronto this year. In addition to chairing a panel on reflecting on the New Deal two years on, she held panels on “Assessing Resilience”, “Paradigms for Knowledge Creation and Action in Peacebuilding” and delivered a paper on “Civil Societies Assessing Peacebuilding and Statebuilding”.