Andrew P. Owsiak


Associate Professor of International Affairs

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Andrew P. Owsiak is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Affairs. Prior to coming to the University of Georgia in 2011, he received his BA in Economics and Spanish from Xavier University (2002), a MA in Conflict Resolution from the University of Denver (2005), and his PhD in Political Science (focusing on conflict and cooperation in International Relations) from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign; 2011). During his time living in Denver, Colorado, Professor Owsiak also received an Advanced Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Denver (2005) and worked as a volunteer mediator for Jefferson County Mediation Services in Jefferson County, Colorado.

Education
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 2011, Political Science
  • M.A., University of Denver 2005, Conflict Resolution
  • B.A., Xavier University 2002, Economics and Spanish
More About

Professor Owsiak studies three broad themes in his research: why countries fight one another, the bilateral processes or characteristics that promote peaceful relations between disputing countries, and the role of third-parties in peacefully (or diplomatically) ending conflicts and/or building more peaceful relations between countries. He is an expert on the dispute and management of international border territory (as well as the effects of these processes on democratization and interstate conflict), international rivalries, and international conflict management (including diplomacy, negotiation, mediation, and peacekeeping). The University of Georgia awarded him a Faculty Research Grant in 2013 to conduct fieldwork in Ireland/Northern Ireland to study the role of public opinion in the resolution of international border disputes in more depth. The US Department of Defense’s Minerva Initiative awarded he and his colleagues a multi-year grant in the period 2015-2017 to study identity claims and their effect on interstate relations. His work has appeared in the Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Peace Research, the British Journal of Political Science, Conflict Management and Peace Science, and Foreign Policy Analysis, in addition to other outlets. For his research work, he won the School of Public and International Affairs’ Faculty Research Award in 2017.

Professor Owsiak teaches courses in international relations (including theory), international conflict, crisis diplomacy, and international conflict management (i.e., peace studies) — including within the First-Year Odyssey program. He also advises both Sigma Iota Rho (honors society) and the Model United Nations club (also teaching a Practicum related to the club’s activities). Finally, he mentors a number of undergraduate students through the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO). As a result of these efforts, he was named a University of Georgia Teaching Academy Fellow for the 2013-2014 Academic Year and has received the University of Georgia’s CURO Mentoring Award (2014), the Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2015), and the First-Year Odyssey Seminar Program Teaching Award (2017).

Areas of Expertise
  • Interstate conflict
  • Territorial disputes/conflicts
  • Interstate rivalries
  • Interstate borders
  • International law
  • Democratization
  • Alliances
  • International conflict management/resolution
  • International negotiation/bargaining
  • Mediation
  • Peacekeeping
Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • First-Year Odyssey Seminar Program Teaching Award, 2017.
  • Faculty Research Award, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, 2017.
  • Minerva Initiative Grant, US Department of Defense, 2015. Project: “Identity Claims: Expanding the Issue Correlates of War (ICOW) Dataset” (with Paul Hensel, Sara Mitchell, and Krista Wiegand).
  • Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2015.
  • Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) Mentoring Award, 2014.
  • Faculty Research Grant, University of Georgia, $10,000, 2013-2014.
  • Teaching Academy Fellow, University of Georgia, 2013-2014.
Affiliations
Course Instruction
  • INTL 3200 Introduction to International Relations
  • INTL 4220 International Conflict
  • INTL 4285 Crisis Diplomacy
  • INTL 4680 Peace Studies
  • INTL 4710 Model United Nations Practicum
  • INTL 6200 Pre-seminar in International Relations (Theory)
  • INTL 8225 International Conflict Management
  • INTL 8230 International Conflict
  • FYOS 1001 Revolution and War
Research Interests

Professor Owsiak studies three broad themes in his research: why countries fight one another, the bilateral processes or characteristics that promote peaceful relations between disputing countries, and the role of third-parties in peacefully (or diplomatically) ending conflicts and/or building more peaceful relations between countries.

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