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Boise State University’s College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs is the lead institution in the state of Idaho for providing education and scholarship in Public Affairs and Social Sciences. Browse our programs and departments, or discover how giving to SSPA can make a difference.

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John Evans was indeed a “good friend” to many.  Below are remembrances from both Governor Andrus and Marc Johnson, Andrus Center President. “Carol and I are deeply saddened by the [...]
Wed, Jul 09, 2014 from Andrus Center for Public Policy
Professor Gary Moncrief will be travelling to Omaha, Nebraska to discuss the history of state legislatures and their current role in society.  He will be speaking at a conference for lawmakers, July [...]
Wed, Jul 09, 2014 from Department of Political Science
Associate professor of history Lynn Lubamersky will lead a discussion following a 7 p.m. showing of the film “Ida” at The Flicks on Thursday, July 10, as a benefit for [...]
Mon, Jul 07, 2014 from Department of History
Cassandra Koerner, a Boise State MPA alumna, won the Western Social Science Association’s second place graduate student award for her 2011 article “Media, fear, and nuclear energy: A case study.” The article is published in [...]
Fri, Jun 27, 2014 from Public Policy and Administration
Associate Professor Justin Vaughn was interviewed on Boise State Public Radio’s Friday, June 13 episode of Reader’s Corner.  President Bob Kustra and Dr. Vaughn discussed the book The Rhetoric of Heroic [...]
Tue, Jun 24, 2014 from Department of Political Science