‘Neither for Merrill Lynch nor the State Department’ was the idea when Michael Cohen, the founding director, set out to develop a master’s program in international affairs at The New School in New York City. Opening in 2001, the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs (SGPIA) was designed for the 21st century for global citizens interested in working internationally on issues such as conflicts and humanitarianism, economic inequality, environmental justice, gender and racial discrimination, urbanization, and global pandemics, and looked for critical and global approaches to understanding these issues. This multi-disciplinary approach draws on diverse intellectual traditions – social sciences and humanities, Western and non-Western knowledge, orthodox and heterodox scholarship – to understand the increasingly diverse and globally interdependent world.
Over the last two decades, over 1,500 students have graduated from SGPIA. Our alumni are pursuing professional careers in many fields and work in small and large organizations, in public, private, and non-profit sectors. The ten alumni profiled here in the coming weeks will chronicle the pathways that they carved to find their careers.