The Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs at The New School was founded in 2001 to offer an alternative approach to international affairs. Rather than limiting its focus to the latest issues in American foreign policy, the programs were structured to be truly global, focusing in particular on issues in poor and middle-income countries.

Following the tradition of The New School, our programs committed to a multidisciplinary approach to international affairs that simultaneously emphasizes both critical thinking and engaged learning.

The most urgent social challenges of our times – from accelerating climate change, to rising inequalities in wealth and power, to the spread of ethno-nationalism – are inexorably global in nature, and require global solutions. At a time of growing alarm about the direction of the world, universities play an essential role in challenging the status quo, in generating alternatives, and in educating the next generation of global leaders. The work of many faculty and students across the university engages with international issues, but it is SGPIA that specializes on the graduate level in the global space as a set of processes that must be understood, and as a space for action to make the world more equitable and sustainable.

Over 1,400 graduates have used the critical approaches and skills developed in the program in careers around the world, spanning diverse issues and sectors.

Explore our blog to learn more about who we are as a community–what makes our interdisciplinary, critical, and global perspective unique in the field of international affairs; what their research means to our faculty members; and how our unique take on international affairs shapes our curriculum.