Public and International Affairs

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. Jeffrey Brudney is a member of the Expert Advisory Committee for the United Nations Volunteers "State of the World's Volunteerism Report," that was published in 2015.  Dr. Brudney serves with members of 14 other nations on the Expert Committee.  Recently the Committee met at UN Headquarters in Bonn, Germany.  Dr. Brudney also served on the Expert Advisory Committee for the first United Nations SWVR, published in 2011.

Dr.Brudney at the UN Headquarters in Bonn, Germany

  • Our very own Dr. Daniel Masters hosted a panel discussion April 28, 2014, to discuss the ongoing events in the Ukraine.

    Dr. Remonda Kleinberg moderated the discussion and panelists included:

    • Dr. Diane Levy, ANT, “Ukraine in 2013”
    • Dr. David Graber FLL/IS “Ukraine Crisis in the Russian Media”
    • Dr. Jerrod Tanny, HST “Jews in Ukraine”
    • Dr. Sue McCaffrey, HST “Eastern Ukraine: Past and Present”
    • Dr. Jim Leutze, “Military History: Russia in Ukraine”

    Dr. Dan Masters, DPIA, “Foreign Policy responses: Russia and the West.”

  • Betty and Dan Cameron Distinguished Professor of Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector Dr. Jeffery L. Brudney  was invited to serve on the Expert Advisory Panel for the United Nations Volunteers to write the *State of the World's Volunteerism Report*, Volume II. He also served on the Expert Advisory Panel for the United Nations Volunteers on the first *State of the World's Volunteerism Report,* published in 2011. The Panel was held in Bonn, Germany in February 2014.

Dr. Brudney, Bonn, GermanyUN Panel Bonn, Germany

  • UNCW and the City of Wilmington recently hosted a free forum entitled "Examing Gun Violence from a Wilmington Perspective." Dr. Earl Sheridan, Professor, introduced the group discussion and audience Q & A. Panelists included Craig Burnett (Public and International Affairs); Cecil Willis (Sociology and Criminology); and Donyell Roseboro (Watson College of Education). Dr. Aaron King of the Public and international Affairs Department served as moderator.


  • The Conversation titled "Universities need to manage hate speech, not stifle freedom of expression" Article by CMR's Visiting Scholar, Lyn Snodgrass, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Political and Conflict Studies at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, NMMU, Port Elizabeth, SA.

  • Great job Dr. Weinkle on your Star News Article-When Science Meets Politics
  • Congratulations to the Department of Public and International Affairs, the Department of English and Center for Teaching Excellence on their partnership with the International Islamic University, Islamabad, and securing a $1 Million dollar grant from U.S. State Department for Educational, Cultural Partnership.  Our very own Dr. Dan Masters took part in writing the winning grant proposal, which is the largest State Department grant funded to a university within the UNC System to date. This places UNCW among an elite group of American Universities to receive a grant of this magnitude from the State Department.

    Congratulations Dr. Masters, TIGR, and UNCW! UNCW Receives $1 Million Grant from U.S. State Department for Educational, Cultural Partnership

  • Wilmington's Star News recently penned an excellent article touting the accomplishments of the new and exciting "Nonprofit Leadership Experience" class. The class is jointly taught by Betty and Dan Cameron Family Professor of Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector Dr. Jeffrey Brudney and Dr. Christopher Prentice. The class is applied in nature, combining undergraduate and graduate students and blending lecture and field experience to produce projects in the community for local nonprofits. Read the article here (External PDF).
Building a Better Wilmington



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.

Student News

Last semester two MCOP students, Jonathan Bingham and Cathy Cyr, worked with Dr. Larry Cahoon on a DIS project that just received some press from the Coastal Review Online (run by the Coastal Federation).  

Barges Proposed as Dredging Alternative


Dr. Brudney's Nonprofit Leadership class spent some time with the Chancellor!

NML Students with Chancellor

Public and International Affairs Community

Welcome Aboard Our Newest PIA Faculty Members

Dr. Ben TaylorDr. Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor grew up in LaGrange, Georgia. Ben has an A.B., M.A., and Ph.D. in political science from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Before coming to UNCW, Ben was a tenure-track assistant professor at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Mass., from 2013 to 2016.  At UNCW, Ben will be teaching courses in American politics, specifically in political behavior. For more information about this research, please see his personal website ( or his UNCW website. He lives in Wilmington with his wife, Sarah Gilbert, who is the Education Coordinator at the Wilmington Yoga Center.

Tonya Taylor Tonya Taylor

I have been a UNCW Administrative Support Associate since the beginning of 2012.  I have previously been in the Mathematics and Statistics, Music and Women’s Studies and Resource Center Departments.   I have a 24-year-old daughter that works in the Honors College.   I look forward to settling in and beginning to take advantage of the free college courses I can take as a UNCW employee.   I live out in the country on 1 ½ acres and have rabbits, chickens, and a Yorkie.

Dr. Julie LaneDr. Julie Lane

I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Texas at Austin, where I specialized in political theory and public law. I am originally from Wyoming and hold B.A. and M.A. degrees in Political Science from the University of Wyoming. I teach in the areas of political theory, American politics, and constitutional law. My research interests include civil rights, feminist theory, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.