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," scheduled for publication 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 discusssion 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 and Chair of the Department of International and Public Affairs 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, PhD, 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.

    Or very own Dr. Dan Masters took part in writing the winning proposal and will serve as one of the chief collaborators alongside his counterparts in Pakistan. This is the largest State Department grant to a university within the UNC System to date, placing 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 own 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.

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.