Dean's Message

John F. Stack, Jr., Ph.D.
Founding Dean & Professor of Politics, International Relations and Law

Image When Florida International University established the School of International and Public Affairs in Summer 2008, it fulfilled the promise of its founders in 1971 to promote globally engaged citizens.

In his opening address at the groundbreaking, United Nations Secretary General U. Thant noted the critical role universities play in creating future global leaders:

“In order to develop the fully-integrated human being, it is the responsibility of institutions of higher learning to see to it that our young men and women of today are fully integrated in their moral, intellectual and spiritual development,’’ he said. “Only then will we be able to fashion the kind of society we want.’’

Today, the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs is helping to fashion a greater society by bringing together many of FIU’s internationally oriented disciplines to provide cutting-edge research, first-rate teaching, and innovative training necessary for the globalized world of the 21st century.

In 2015, the transformative gift of Ambassador Steven J. Green, his wife Dorothea Green and daughter Kimberly Green further cemented FIU’s place as an institution of international import – and Miami’s status as a truly global city.

Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” I believe that is precisely what we have been doing here at the Green School since our inception. The accolades our students, faculty and alumni have received in our short history are extensive.

  • Our Model UN team has been ranked second in North America, ahead of every Ivy League school in the country, including Harvard and Yale.
  • The nationally recognized Latino Public Opinion Forum is the only university initiative in Florida that systematically tracks the impact of Hispanic opinion on U.S. politics. Our faculty experts are sought after daily for their insight into major world events, including the historic 2016 presidential election and the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
  • We are recognized internationally for our preeminence in Latin American studies, through the work of our Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, one of only 18 National Resource Centers on Latin America in the country.
  • The FIU Cuba Poll – which has tracked Cuban-American attitudes in South Florida for more than two decades - is the longest running research project measuring Cuban-American public opinion in the country. Our Cuban Research Institute is the nation’s premier center for academic research on Cuban and Cuban-American issues.
  • The Green School’s flagship speaker series, the Ruth K. and Shepard Broad Distinguished Lecture Series, is known for attracting the world’s leading scholars, writers, dignitaries and artists.
  • Our Master’s Degree Program in Disaster Management – created in collaboration with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security – is the first such program in Florida.
  • The world-renowned faculty in our Master of Arts in Global Affairs Program come from such top organizations as the World Bank, NATO and the U.S. Department of Justice. Students in our Executive Master of Public Administration Program occupy top positions in non-profits, private industry and government.

Green School faculty are nationally and internationally recognized in their fields – scholars such as expert linguist and modern languages professor Erik Camayd-Freixas, nominated for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in history for his book U.S. Immigration Reform; and Victor Uribe, chair of the Department of History, who won the 2016 Murdo J. Macleod Book Prize in Latin American and Caribbean Studies for his book, Fatal Love.

Our students have received the most prestigious awards, scholarships and fellowships in academia, including the Fulbright, the Boren and the Truman. They have gone on to top postdoctoral programs, as well as jobs and internships in major organizations and agencies like the United Nations, U.S. Department of State, Library of Congress and the National Security Agency.

In speaking to our graduates at our Summer 2016 Commencement ceremony, U.S. Ambassador and NSA Secretary Susan Rice praised the “brilliant mosaic” of experience students receive at the Green School and urged them to consider a career in public service.

“Your country needs you,’’ she said.

The students and faculty of the Green School are answering that call here in the U.S. and around the world, making a difference in places like Haiti, the Dominican Republic, India, Africa and many, many more.

The Green School brings together the social sciences and the humanities. We integrate theory and practice. We prepare our students with the skills, knowledge and understanding to be leaders and changemakers.

As one the largest schools of its kind in the world, the Green School supports scholarship that seeks to understand the transcendence of the human experience, the connectedness of our shared histories and the challenges we face as one human family.

I invite you to explore the unparalleled Worlds Ahead opportunities offered at FIU’s Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs.