News and Events


Keep up with the latest news and events from the Public and International Affairs Department here. Our faculty and students are always striving to create new and innovative opportunities to get involved in the department. Below you will find a host of information regarding recent press and media coverage, forums, community, and exciting new student research projects and events.

Faculty Press and Media


Dr.Brudney at the UN Headquarters in Bonn, Germany

Dr. Brudney, Bonn, GermanyUN Panel Bonn, Germany








Dr. Jeffrey L. Brudney, Betty and Dan Cameron Family Distinguished Professor of Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector at the University of North Carolina Wilmington conceptualized and oversaw the production of the short film "Building a Better Wilmington: Giving and Volunteering in the Port City." Filmed here in Wilmington, the project aims to encourage student film making and to inspire participation in the community.

Undergraduate film major Ryan Seals directed, filmed, and edited the film and MPA graduate student Vanessa Lacer produced the film under Dr. Brudney's supervision. The film will be featured at this years Cucalorus Film Festival November 13-17, 2013.


Student News

M.J. Giammaria, 2015 Conflict Management and Resolution alumna, will be instructing an introductory course on everyday conflict management and resolution on October 26 and 28 from 6:30-8:00pm. For more information you can visit the Swain Center site. Congratulations M.J. on this endeavor!



Public and International Affairs Community

Welcome Aboard Our Newest PIA Faculty Members

Dr. Kirsten Kinzer Kirsten Kinzer, Ph.D.

Dr. Kinzer recently completed her Ph.D. in Urban Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a Master of City Planning from MIT and a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University. Dr. Kinzer’s current research focuses on the role of public participation in the implementation of local government sustainability plans. Before returning to academia, Dr. Kinzer held professional planning positions with the city of Salem, Massachusetts, LCA Town Planning and Architecture and several non-profit organizations. The majority of her professional work has focused on civic engagement and this experience frames her research.

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