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MPA Career Resources


The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), collaborate on a website to provide information on degrees in public service and public affairs, offer career advice, and help MPA graduates find internships and jobs.

For the latest information, see Public Service Careers

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Ashley Leinweber Attends African Studies Meeting


Dr. Ashley Leinweber attended 59th annual meeting of the African Studies Association in Washington, DC last week. The 2016 conference theme was Imagining Africa at the Center: Bridging Scholarship, Policy, and Representation in African Studies. Dr. Leinweber chaired a panel on Contested Politics, Histories and Identities in Congolese Borderlands and presented a paper entitled “Maniema’s Muslim Borderland: Interaction and Isolation within and Beyond Eastern Congo.”

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Dr. Leineweber is pictured holding Islamic Education in Africa from Indiana University Press, a 2016 book that includes her chapter “The New Muslim Public School in the Democratic Republic of Congo.” Ashley is also pictured with Dr. Lina Benabdallah, an MGS alum who defended her dissertation last month at University of Florida.

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Abortion Law Challenge in the News


Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, Planned Parenthood announced that it is challenging abortion laws in three states, including Missouri.

Dr. Kevin Pybas, Associate Professor of Political Science at Missouri State University, offered his insight into this action in a recent article in the Springfield News Leader. To read the full article, see Dr. Kevin Pybas

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Updating the Legal Horizon for Women


Elizabeth Olson, in a recent New York Times article, argues that despite growing enrollments in law schools, fewer women graduates “land legal jobs that pay higher wages and afford long-term job security and professional advancement.” As is usually the case, there are numerous replies, retorts, and rejoinders that are worthy of attention as well. To read the full article, see NYT Law.

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Alumnae Gives Law School Commencement Address

2009 Missouri State University alumnae, Tamila Gresham, delivered a student commencement address at University of California-Berkeley Law School. Ms. Gresham was a Sociology major with minors in Gender Studies, Political Science, and Philosophy.

Currently, Tamila is a Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice and a founding member of Represent. To watch her address, click UC Berkeley Law.

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Noel Fachi, DoD Theater Security Cooperation Manager


Noel Fachi, pictured with MGS Program Director Dr. Dennis Hickey, is a Theater Security Cooperation Manager for the United States Department of Defense.

In a recent campus visit, Noel provided some details about his responsibilities for the DoD. He works to develop partner capabilities; aiding African partner nations in building foundational capabilities and assisting partner nations in developing the capability and capacity to counter violet extremist organizations (VEO). Noel also works to maintain or improve integrated operations and support interoperability with high-end allies and emerging African partners. Finally, he assures US access throughout Africa to enable global reach and power protection by engaging with our allies and African partners to maintain/expand our options for access, presence, and contingency basing.

Noel is attached to USAFE AFAFRICA in Ramstein Germany.

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If Violence is the Answer, What was the Question?


Please join the Workshop for Critical Inquiry and Missouri State University for a presentation entitled “Georges Sorel and Liberalism from the fin-de-siècle to Today” by Kansas State University History Professor Eric Brandom on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 4:00 in Meyer Library 101.

For more information contact Dr. Ralph Shain, MSU Department of Philosophy, 417-836-5735.

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Alumni Win November Elections

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Curtis Trent, Crystal Quade, and Lincoln Hough

Congratulations to Missouri State University alumni for their commitment to Public Affairs; winning local races in Missouri’s November general election.

Curtis Trent, PLS alum in the 133rd House district, Crystal Quade, Jefferson City intern alum in the 132nd House district, and Lincoln Hough, PLS alum in Greene County Commission District 2.

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