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.

Jessica Weinkle

New Professor, Dr. Jessica Weinkle

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

Department of Public and International Affairs Graduation ceremony. May 2014.


Dr. Barth


Professors from the Public and International Affairs department participated in "Pie a Professor Day" on November 7, 2013. Students had the opportunity to relieve some pre-finals stress and support a good cause by throwing a pie at a PIA professor for a $2 donation. The good sports that were "pied"included Dr. Aaron King, Dr. Craig Burnett, Dr. Tom Barth (pictured to the right), Dr. Paige Tan, and Professor Chris Faulkner. All proceeds benefitted the UNCW Model United Nations Club.



Public and International Affairs Community

Welcome Aboard Our Newest PIA Faculty Members

Jessica Weinkle, Ph.D. (Pictured at top of page)

Jessice Weinkle has joined the faculty of Marine and Coastal Ocean Policy this Spring semester. She moved to UNCW from the University of Colorado Boulder where she completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Studies. Dr. Weinkle studies coastal risk politics and policy with a particular focus on public insurance programs that manage catastrophic risks such as, hurricanes and floods. Her courses for graduates and undergraduates focus on the interface of science, politics and policymaking.

In January, she had an op-ed in the Wilmington Star News that discussed the potential role of sea level science and the importance of public engagement in coastal land management planning.

Jennifer Biddle, Ph.D. Jennifer Biddle

Jennifer "Jenny" Biddle joins us from American University where she served as a post-doctoral fellow conducting research on collaborative environmental governance. Her areas of interest include: environmental policy, collaborative environmental governance, freshwater ecology, and rain garden design and installation. Professor Biddle will be teaching graduate MPA courses as well as undergraduate Environmental Politics.

Christopher Prentice, Ph.D. Christopher Prentice

Christopher "Chris" Prentice recently graduated from NC State University with a Ph.D. in Public Administration with a specific focus on nonprofit organizations. His teaching and research interests include: civil society organizations in the Middle East, charter school funding, and nonprofit financial management. Professor Prentice will be teaching graduate MPA courses as well as undergraduate Public Administration.

BurnettCraig Burnett, Ph.D.

Craig Burnett joins us from Appalachian State University where he was an Assistant Professor of Political Science. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from The University of California, San Diego (2010) where he studied Political Behavior and Political Institutions. His research interests include: voter knowledge, voter competency, decision-making, direct democracy, and urban politics and institutions. Professor Burnett's research has been featured in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The Sacramento Bee. Professor Burnett teaches state and local politics and politcal behavior.



Dr. King participating in the Model UN
"Pie a Professor" Fundraiser

Aaron King, Ph.D.

Aaron King recently graduated with a Ph.D. from Duke University (2013) where he studied American Politics and Political Methodology. Professor King was also a Political Institutions and Public Choice Program Fellow at Duke University. His research interests are in American politcal institutions (Congress, Politcial Parties, and Presidency). Professor King teaches Honors American Political Issues and American Political Parties. Professor King is also the faculty advisor to the Political Science Honors Fraternity, Pi Sigma Alpha.





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