Political scientist Traciel V. Reid has been named interim executive director of NC State’s School of Public and International Affairs, effective July 1, 2018, until a new executive director is appointed. The associate professor has chaired the School’s Department of Political Science for the past six years. She served as the College of Humanities and Social Sciences director for diversity from 2008-2011 and received NC State’s Diversity Award.
Reid’s research interests include judicial politics, gender politics, human rights policy and comparative constitutional decision making in Sub-Saharan African countries. Her work has appeared in a number of political science and law journals, and she recently co-edited a book on sexual equality in American law and political thought.
She holds a B.A. in political science from Emory University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in government from the University of Virginia. During her tenure at NC State, Reid has received two outstanding teacher awards and and one for outstanding advising.
Reid takes over from international relations expert Richard Mahoney, who has directed the School for the past five years. Mahoney is returning to the faculty; this fall he will serve as visiting professor at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals in Spain.
NC State University established the School of Public and International Affairs in 2006. SPIA encompasses the departments of Political Science and Public Administration, the International Studies graduate program, the Leadership in the Public Sector undergraduate degree completion program and the Public Safety Leadership Initiative.