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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 Ejolee Mitchell Researches National Youth Policies During Turkey IFP

Ejolee Mitchell

Ejolee Mitchell is originally from Philadelphia and is currently a student in the Graduate Program in International Affairs. Before coming to The New School she interned with a non-profit in Philadelphia focusing on international development via women’s empowerment. During the summer of 2014 she participated in the Turkey IFP program where she interned with Toplum Gönüllüleri Vakfı also known as TOG, a civil society organization focused on youth improvement and personal development of young people via community involvement.





GPIA Professor Nina Khrushcheva Talks About Her Most Recent Book At Columbia University

On Monday, October 13,nina GPIA Professor Nina Krushcheva will be giving a talk about her book The Lost Khrushchev: A Journey into the Gulag of the Russian Mind, at Columbia University.  Nina will be joined by Columbia Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University.  The book is an important piece and comes out in a time where Russia is engaging in controversial and aggressive foreign policy with Ukraine. The book also gives unique insight into the Modern Russian narrative as well as the Russian historical context, influenced by Nina’s grandfather, Leonid Khrushchev and great grandfather, Nikita Khrushchev.  Both men held prominent positions within the Communist Party.

The event commemorates the 50th anniversary of Nikita Khrushchev’s October 14, 1964 ousting from the Kremlin.



Alumna Mala Kumar Launches Book: “The Paths of Marriage”

Mala KumarMala Kumar is a 2010 M.A. international affairs graduate of the GPIA program, concentrating in development. During her time at The New School, she co-founded the student organization, Association for International Development [AID], and was an India China Institute student fellow. After graduating, she worked as a Programme Officer on the African Risk Capacity of the UN World Food Programme. Mala’s first book, The Paths of Marriage, is scheduled to be released on 1 October 2014. The novel is about three generations of women from 1950s India to present-day NYC, and their battles of discrimination from the outside world and from each other.




Dr. Erin McCandles Publishes in “Building Peace”

IMG_0481Dr. McCandless has recently published a short piece on “Non-state Actors and Competing Sources of Legitimacy in Conflict-Affected Settings,” in the “Latest Insights” section of “Building Peace” – an online forum for peace and security hosted by the Alliance for Peacebuilding.

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This short piece summarizes research that Dr. McCandless, with the support of New School GPIA students and former students, undertook in the lead up to an important United Nations workshop on the social contract in fragile and conflict states in January of this year. Zoe Meroney, Darya Shaikh, Nicolas Rodriguez, Laurent Nicourt, Lilia Minkox, and Ayu Rahmawati engaged in this research.

Dr. McCandless will continue developing this research with Studley grant support, in the form of a book and policy dialogue project, being undertaken with the University of Denver, and in alliance with the United Nations Development Program.



Alumna Mary E. Robbins Published in Huffington Post

fotoAlumna Mary E. Robbins recently co-authored an article for the Huffington Post on violence against women in post world cup Rio. The article, entitled In Brazil, the World Cup Is Over But the Sexual Violence Continues, points to increasing incedence and continual patterns of rape and sexual violence in Brazil, and suggests better responses from the justice sector and increased prevention efforts are the keys to reducing the trend.

Mary is a graduate of the Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs and a Program Officer at Instituto Promundo.