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Mirela Iamandi Stimus Interview

GIA Doctoral Student Interviewed on Trend Scan
Mirela Iamandi Stimus, graduate teaching associate and doctoral candidate in Government Ph.D. program, recently appeared on “Trend Scan”, a TV show hosted by the Romanian media outlet Adevarul Holding (producers: Dan Ionescu & Adrian Zabava). As a project dedicated to the re-professionalization of politics and communication in European Union, “Trend Scan” hosts analysts, political consultants, members of academia and of the political elite with international competence and various backgrounds, discussing, in depth, tendencies and phenomena in Trans - Atlantic politics. In her capacity as former political journalist and USF instructor, Ms. Stimus was interviewed regarding the social media’s role in political participation, a comparison between the American and Romanian climates. The topic sprung from the “Facebook Revolution”, an event that changed the outcome of the presidential elections in Romania at the end of last year.

The Department of Government & International Affairs is very proud to announce that Pamela Anderson, the Academic Advisor for International Studies, was recently awarded the University’s Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Award. This prestigious award is given annually to a small number of undergraduate advisors across the University to recognize excellence, innovation and effectiveness in advising. Congratulations Pamela!


GIA = Global + Digital

As globalism is unequivocally the trademark of the Government & International Affairs Department, reputable international guests participate to class lectures via digital technology. On Wednesday October 22nd, the class of American Government met Catalin Dumitru, Ph.D., former Counselor of State and political advisor to the President of Romania, to the Prime Minister of Romania, President of Moldova, and to the presidents of the Parliament of Romania and Moldova. Dr. Dumitru also served as professor of Political Journalism at the University of Bucharest and he is a senior partner at Kensington Communications - a political marketing company specialized in elections. At the invitation of the class instructor Mirela Iamandi Stimus (Graduate Teaching Associate and PhD candidate in GIA - Political Communication and Leadership), Dr. Dumitru compared -via Skype - the United States and European Union’s landscapes of elections and political campaigns. He also shared his experience with high governmental executives and engaged in a dialogue with students, as part of the “Press Conferences” section. The series of press conferences in the American Government class included more guests in the Fall semester. Among them, Donna Huneycutt (attorney and co-chair of the National Defense Industry Association's Committee advising the House and the Senate Armed Services Committee on government acquisition reform),Vickie Chachere (finalist with Associated Press for the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 and former Tampa Tribune reporter), and Christopher Pittman, MD (President-Elect of the Florida Medical Association Political Action Committee -FMA PAC).


Joanna Rozpedowski, a Ph.D. Candidate in the Government program and US-UK Fulbright Scholar at the University of Liverpool School of Law, recently presented at the International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the EU. The conference, which is organized by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, was held in Brussels from May 22-24, 2014. Ms. Rozpedowski’s presentation was entitled “EU’s Foreign Policy in an Era of Conflict-induced Population Displacements and Global Political Disequilibria.” The conference happened to coincide with the European Elections, a very active period for politicians and voters across the European continent.

More information about the conference is available here.

Joanna Rozpedowski, a student in the Ph.D. in Government program, is currently studying International Human Rights Law at the University of Liverpool in the UK. Ms. Rozpedowski was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study International Human Rights Law at the University’s School of Law after a highly competitive three-tier application and interview process. Some highlights of Joanna’s time in England are below: