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.

40,000 Voters Changed Party Affiliation This Year

WWAY - featuring UNCW Faculty Member Dr. Nadine Gibson 

Friday, July 8, 2022 (ABC) — WWAY News at 11


Congratulations to PIA Faculty Member Dr. Anup Phayal for receiving the Best Faculty Paper Award from the North Carolina Political Science Association.

Congratulations to Conflict Management and Resolution (CMR) Graduate Student Sarah Merkle for receiving the Best Graduate Paper Award from the North Carolina Political Science Association.

Sarah Merkle wrote this award-winning paper while enrolled in Dr. Phayal's CMR Capstone Course. The Public and International Affairs (PIA) Department is so proud of their hardwork and contributions to our Department.  The North Carolina Political Science Association (NCPSA) Awards Ceremony took place on February 26, 2021.

Barriers to the Ballot Webinar

Gibson_Photo.jpgOn Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Nadine Gibson, Assistant Professor of Public and International Affairs at University of North Carolina Wilmington will be a presenter for the Barriers to the Ballot event. This webinar will dive into the current voting rights battle in North Carolina. 

This event will be held via zoom at 5:30pm! Zoom link:


Congratulations to Dr. Aaron King on being selected as a recipient of the 2019-2020 Discere Aude Award for outstanding mentoring of students!

The Discere Aude Award recognizes faculty and staff who were nominated by the most academically successful students. Those nominations are further vetted by members of the CTE and CFL Advisory Board, so that the list of faculty and staff who are awarded each year received the most powerful nominations from the highest-achieving students--and sometimes from multiple students in that cohort.

Impeachment 101: What Can We Learn From Political Science?

  • What is impeachment?
  • What roles do politics and the public have to play?
  • Can history tell us what is likely to happen?
  • How will it impact the 2020 election? 

On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, the Department of Public and International Affairs & the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will present a panel discussion on "Impeachment 101: What Can We Learn From Political Science?" at the Lumina Theater of UNCW's Fisher Student Center from 6 to 8 PM.

The panel will include the following participants:
• Political Historian: Dr. David Houpt
• Political Scientists: Dr. Nadine Gibson, Dr. Jennifer Horan, Dr. Aaron King (Moderator),                                                                               Dr. Julie Lane, and Dr. Stephen Meinhold 

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, CLICK HERE to view the flyer.


On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, WHQR Public Radio 91.3fm will host Nadine Gibson, Assistant Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, to discuss trends in municipal elections at 12:00 PM.


Stephen Meinhold, Professor of Political Science, has been named to the College Board National Academic Assembly. The Academic Assembly considers issues and actions related to providing universal access to high standards of learning. The assembly works to expand access to educational excellence for all students through the articulation and elaboration of academic standards and standards for the delivery of curriculum and instruction. Among other topics, the assembly addresses issues related to curriculum, assessment, the governance structure of schools and sustained professional development.

Stephen Meinhold

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools. 

Dr. Meinhold is completing a term as the faculty consultant responsible for the United States Government and Politics AP Exam scoring, overseeing the scoring of 1.2 million student responses annually. Previously he served on the Committee that redesigned the AP U.S. Government and Politics Curriculum and established new assessment practices. He is also a College Board consultant providing workshops to high school teachers on content and assessment in U.S. Government and Politics.

Jennifer HoranOur colleague Jennifer Horan was elected 2020 President of the Southwestern Political Science Association at their business meeting on Friday in Orlando. She will serve as President-elect for 2018-19. “The Southwestern Political Science Association was founded in 1919 and is the largest affiliate of the Southwestern Social Science Association, which publishes Social Science Quarterly.” The 2020 conference will be in Austin, TX.




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